While I was home in June, my sister and I had a discussion about crop tops. She was pro, I was...meh. Until I remembered that I had one. (It was on clearance for $4.99 at Ann Taylor. Reason enough, right?)
And actually, I do like this top. You've seen it before here with a high-waisted maxi skirt....and a high-waist something, I think, is the key.
(The high waist helps tame a squishy belly. Really. It's like Spanx.)
BTW - my booty-shorts? They were my mother's. (OMG!!!) I guess there was no messing around in the 70's. If you wanted shorts, you got SHORTS.
But let's talk about the high waist for a sec. I find that if the waist hits above my belly button, yet below my ribs, the skin/pooch/whatever that lives there isn't as...frightening.
This is my scaredy-cat version of the crop top: arms up, no skin. (I'M TOTALLY OK WITH THAT.)
If I were younger, or had fewer kids, or just was less poochy for WHATEVER reason (aka in better shape)....I'd love to try something like this:
Both of these women are moms, BTW. Totally stunning.
I really like the idea of using a button-down (you can control exactly how much skin you show). But a bustier? In leather? It looks almost demure with a high-waisted, below-the-knee skirt.
So....crop tops, wow. I mean, you're in, right? I won't be the only one at the party in a bra top? Cause I'm pretty sure it would go perfectly with my new boobs and houndstooth flares...
Who am I kidding? I'm all talk. My time of bra tops is looong gone. In fact, the last time I went Out To The Bars I wore this:
Partially because it was a rainy day in June....but also because, well, it was a rainy day in June...in Michigan. But HEY LOOK! Crop top!
BTW - Layering a crop top over a longer top is a killer way of hiding a small pooch. (Hint: Neither layer should be tight.)
Lastly, I like messing with my jean hems, too. The proportion games you can play with cropped tops, Mamas. I tell ya, the proportion games. It boggles my mind.
ps. If any of you successfully pull off a bra top with high-waist flares, SEND PICS. You will be my hero.
pps. Refinery 29 posted How to Rock a Crop Top Without Gisele's Abs last week. Love it.