Having a Moment: Crop Tops

Last summer I started seeing crop tops little by little and now they are here for spring and summer in full force. Yes they can be very intimidating at first glance, I know, but honestly they are pretty easy to wear. It’s not necessarily about the top you see, it’s more about what you wear it with. You also don’t have to be a particular size or body shape to wear one. I am pretty average in size and shape and I love to rock a crop top. I’ve pulled together a few inspirations of other daring girls who have ventured oh-so-bravely into crop tops. Let’s take a moment, shall we? 
from the top, l to r: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Crop + Midi Skirt / One of the best ways I’ve seen a crop top is with a high-waist midi skirt. I’m almost convinced that this is the best way to wear the hard-to-wear midi skirt, as the little bit of skin gives the outfit a lot of interest and is a beautiful play on the silhouette of the skirt. Sometimes with midi skirts its easy to get lost in the fabric but when you pair a fitted crop, your shape returns. 
Crop + Pants / Pants with a crop top is also an easy (and fairly office friendly) way to wear this style. You’ll see over and over that crops are really best paired with anything high-waist, especially if you are looking to make it less intimidating. Like midi-skirts, high waist pants are many times a challenge to wear because if tops are too long, then what is the point of having them be high waist, right? So take a chance and try two trends at once. (This is an appropriate time to use YOLO, but I will not.) 

Modest Crop /  Out of the two that I own, my crops tend to lean more modest, to be honest as I don’t want to pull on my top all day for fear that someone is going to catch a peek at my washboard abs. In fact, modest is one of the best ways to approach a new style like a crop top. Wear it layered over a longer shirt, wear less dramatic crop as to keep the silhouette but keep your skin shown to a minimum. Another way to keep it modest is to choose two pieces with the same pattern so that the break is at the crop, creating just the right amount of interest. 
Your thoughts on crops: having a moment for you or is it just me?
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  1. The girl in the midi skirt on the right looks like she was inspired by Atlantic-Pacific.

    I’ve been wanting to try a crop top myself! I’m hoping H&M has the one I’m looking for. πŸ™‚ You totally rocked your “faux” crop top you wore a while back.

    xo Kimi
    http://www.twentysomethingsimple.wordpress.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  2. carrie says:

    I think it’s cute with the midi skirt but I won’t be trying it.I don’t take that many risks in fashion so if I tried to rock this, it would be like, Huh? What? LOL!

    05.07.14 · Reply
  3. absolutely love the look with midi skirts! it’s such a classy, uber-feminine way to wear them!

    from – The Lion’s Den

    05.07.14 · Reply
  4. kipling573 says:

    adorable – but “office friendly”!?!?

    05.07.14 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      Depends on the office, of course. Not all offices are crazy strict on dress code or perhaps some are more fashion forward. But of course, always dress to what you find appropriate for you and your work / office / job. πŸ™‚

      05.08.14 · Reply
  5. I love all of these suggestions. I also really like wearing crop tops/sweaters over dresses that are not work appropriate. It helps change things up a bit.

    -Helen Grace

    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  6. Felicia says:

    I love the crop top trend! And I especially love the fact that teen girls aren’t the only people wearing them, women of every age are pulling off the crop top trend wonderfully.

    Felicia,
    lotussaturday.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  7. When I first heard that crop tops were coming back I must confess that I LOLd. “Like women want to have to have their tummies looking perfect 24/7…. Yeah, no.” I thought…. But this new crop is friendlier, perhaps even flattering. I’ve grown to really like it!

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

    05.07.14 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      Exactly! My torso is not my thinnest area but I still love a good crop. You just have to be strategic with your outfit to make it work for you!

      05.08.14 · Reply
  8. Harley says:

    modest is definitely my fave. high waisted skirt = swooooooonalogy.

    05.07.14 · Reply
  9. Yaudy says:

    I love crop tops I was very intimidated at first but once I styled them with high waist pieces I was all in! I specially like to wear them with skirts πŸ™‚

    xo,

    Yaudy

    http://yaudycristinafashionista.blogspot.com/2014/05/kimono-and-flamenco-take-two.html

    05.07.14 · Reply
  10. Ila says:

    Aww God bless the crop tops! I am tiny so a crop tops to me means a normal size one xD I do find them beautiful though I wish I was a bit taller πŸ™‚

    Ila x

    http://cleanserblog.blogspot.co.uk/

    05.07.14 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      I could imagine that it would be hard to find crops when you are petite! But it’s still adorable that you can wear them as normal length tops. Smart girl πŸ™‚

      05.08.14 · Reply
  11. Daisy Daniels says:

    I love crop tops! Perfect for the Spring/Summer!

    http://www.daisydaniels.me

    05.07.14 · Reply
  12. Jackie says:

    I love crop tops on other people, but really don’t know that I’m “ready” to rock it yet. I have a small waist in comparison to my hips, so I think if/when I do this, it’s going to be the midi option. We shall see…

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

    05.07.14 · Reply
  13. Jennifer Sanchez says:

    Crop tops stress me out. It’s like another random part of my body that I have to keep small and skinny. It’s not enough to try to work out my legs, arms, stomach, butt. Now i have to work out that weird, 2 inch area under my ribs but above my waist. FASHION IS STRESSFUL! But all these crop tops are adorable so ya know, maybe one day. *shakes first*

    http://inlovewithstreetchic.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      Well you do you, of course (and when you find the perfect 2-inch ab workout, let me know) but I really do think that many body sizes and shapes can wear the crop. I don’t ever think anyone has to be stick thin to wear a trend or not, you just have to make it work! And of course, you can always layer it over a longer shirt or start with a high waist skirt but no need to fret over your body just to fit into a trend. Make it work for you, or leave it behind πŸ™‚

      05.08.14 · Reply
  14. The only way I would wear it is with the longer shirt underneath, it’s super cute.

    Kristina does the Internets

    05.07.14 · Reply
  15. Love crop tops too! Love your inspirations. I noticed they progress from more skin exposure to least. My favorite’s paired with a skirt.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  16. Beautiful beautiful!!!

    xx,

    G

    http://www.prince-and-sullivan.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  17. Kimi says:

    The girl in the midi skirt on the right looks like she was inspired by Atlantic-Pacific.

    I've been wanting to try a crop top myself! I'm hoping H&M has the one I'm looking for. πŸ™‚ You totally rocked your "faux" crop top you wore a while back.

    xo Kimi
    http://www.twentysomethingsimple.wordpress.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  18. carrie says:

    I think it's cute with the midi skirt but I won't be trying it.I don't take that many risks in fashion so if I tried to rock this, it would be like, Huh? What? LOL!

    05.07.14 · Reply
  19. absolutely love the look with midi skirts! it's such a classy, uber-feminine way to wear them!

    from – The Lion's Den

    05.07.14 · Reply
  20. kipling573 says:

    adorable – but "office friendly"!?!?

    05.07.14 · Reply
  21. I’ve been LOVING crop tops lately!!! I love all of these!

    Kay // http://www.fashionablykay.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  22. Helen Veyna says:

    I love all of these suggestions. I also really like wearing crop tops/sweaters over dresses that are not work appropriate. It helps change things up a bit.

    -Helen Grace

    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  23. Felicia says:

    I love the crop top trend! And I especially love the fact that teen girls aren't the only people wearing them, women of every age are pulling off the crop top trend wonderfully.

    Felicia,
    lotussaturday.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  24. londyn says:

    Yes, adoring crop tops!! Especially with the midi skirts. Too bad I can’t wear them right now, but I’m loving them on others!

    http://www.fashionistastyle1.blogspot.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  25. Alexandra Aimee says:

    When I first heard that crop tops were coming back I must confess that I LOLd. "Like women want to have to have their tummies looking perfect 24/7…. Yeah, no." I thought…. But this new crop is friendlier, perhaps even flattering. I've grown to really like it!

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

    05.07.14 · Reply
  26. Harley says:

    modest is definitely my fave. high waisted skirt = swooooooonalogy.

    05.07.14 · Reply
  27. Ila says:

    Aww God bless the crop tops! I am tiny so a crop tops to me means a normal size one xD I do find them beautiful though I wish I was a bit taller πŸ™‚

    Ila x

    http://cleanserblog.blogspot.co.uk/

    05.07.14 · Reply
  28. Jackie says:

    I love crop tops on other people, but really don't know that I'm "ready" to rock it yet. I have a small waist in comparison to my hips, so I think if/when I do this, it's going to be the midi option. We shall see…

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

    05.07.14 · Reply
  29. alisialynn says:

    love these looks!!! especially the crops and pants looks…

    xx

    http://alisialynn.blogspot.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  30. Love it paired with the midi!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

    05.07.14 · Reply
  31. Jennifer Sanchez says:

    Crop tops stress me out. It's like another random part of my body that I have to keep small and skinny. It's not enough to try to work out my legs, arms, stomach, butt. Now i have to work out that weird, 2 inch area under my ribs but above my waist. FASHION IS STRESSFUL! But all these crop tops are adorable so ya know, maybe one day. *shakes first*

    http://inlovewithstreetchic.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  32. The only way I would wear it is with the longer shirt underneath, it's super cute.

    Kristina does the Internets

    05.08.14 · Reply
  33. Love crop tops too! Love your inspirations. I noticed they progress from more skin exposure to least. My favorite's paired with a skirt.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  34. Beautiful beautiful!!!

    xx,

    G

    http://www.prince-and-sullivan.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  35. I've been LOVING crop tops lately!!! I love all of these!

    Kay // http://www.fashionablykay.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  36. londyn says:

    Yes, adoring crop tops!! Especially with the midi skirts. Too bad I can't wear them right now, but I'm loving them on others!

    http://www.fashionistastyle1.blogspot.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  37. Estee Mana says:

    I love the modest midis. So elegant
    imparfait-treasure.blogspot.co.uk

    05.08.14 · Reply
  38. Teri says:

    I love the look but haven’t taken the time to try any on to see if I’m comfortable with it! πŸ™‚

    05.08.14 · Reply
  39. Charli Beaumont says:

    I seem to be buying so many crop tops at the moment! They just go with so much and look great with anything high waisted!

    http://www.girlonthemoon.co.uk

    X

    05.08.14 · Reply
  40. alisialynn says:

    love these looks!!! especially the crops and pants looks…

    xx

    http://alisialynn.blogspot.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  41. Love it paired with the midi!

    Liz @ http://www.shoppingmycloset.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  42. I’m totally in love with crop tops, especially with high waist bottoms!

    http://WWW.MODEMOISELLE.IT

    05.08.14 · Reply
  43. But what happens when you sit? Or reach for the subway pole? Or turn 37 in a month (weep, weep).

    05.08.14 · Reply
  44. Kendi Lea says:

    Depends on the office, of course. Not all offices are crazy strict on dress code or perhaps some are more fashion forward. But of course, always dress to what you find appropriate for you and your work / office / job. πŸ™‚

    05.08.14 · Reply
  45. Kendi Lea says:

    Exactly! My torso is not my thinnest area but I still love a good crop. You just have to be strategic with your outfit to make it work for you!

    05.08.14 · Reply
  46. Kendi Lea says:

    I could imagine that it would be hard to find crops when you are petite! But it's still adorable that you can wear them as normal length tops. Smart girl πŸ™‚

    05.08.14 · Reply
  47. Kendi Lea says:

    Well you do you, of course (and when you find the perfect 2-inch ab workout, let me know) but I really do think that many body sizes and shapes can wear the crop. I don't ever think anyone has to be stick thin to wear a trend or not, you just have to make it work! And of course, you can always layer it over a longer shirt or start with a high waist skirt but no need to fret over your body just to fit into a trend. Make it work for you, or leave it behind πŸ™‚

    05.08.14 · Reply
  48. Estee Mana says:

    I love the modest midis. So elegant
    imparfait-treasure.blogspot.co.uk

    05.08.14 · Reply
  49. Sasa Zoe says:

    Love love it:) XO

    http://www.shallwesasa.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  50. Nikki says:

    love those midi skirt looks!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  51. Emma Fox says:

    I love the idea of crop tops and they look so great on everyone else but I still haven’t found the right fit for me.. always on the hunt!

    http://poorgirlrichlifeblog.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  52. Definitely having a moment!! Did you see Emma Stone at the Met Gala!!??Obsessed!!! πŸ™‚

    05.08.14 · Reply
  53. Charli Beaumont says:

    I seem to be buying so many crop tops at the moment! They just go with so much and look great with anything high waisted!

    http://www.girlonthemoon.co.uk

    X

    05.08.14 · Reply
  54. Mandy Jacks says:

    not having a moment for me. HATE this trend and can’t wait for it to go away. again.

    05.08.14 · Reply
  55. Loooove crop tops – I just have to get brave enough to give it a shot. πŸ™‚

    http://www.shelearnsthings.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  56. Love these ways to style, I’m loving crop tops at the moment too my latest ootd involved one!
    Pretty Little Things Blogspot

    05.08.14 · Reply
  57. Myriam Modemoiselle says:

    I'm totally in love with crop tops, especially with high waist bottoms!

    http://WWW.MODEMOISELLE.IT

    05.08.14 · Reply
  58. Haley Valerie says:

    I love the looks with a skirt!

    Haley
    haleyvalerie.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  59. But what happens when you sit? Or reach for the subway pole? Or turn 37 in a month (weep, weep).

    05.08.14 · Reply
  60. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love the cropped tops paired with a midi skirt! That’s definitely the first way I would try out!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  61. Charlotte Hanley says:

    As a pregnant woman I hate this trend right now because I can’t try it!! Also, as a tall woman, I fear it will just look like my clothes shrunk…

    05.08.14 · Reply
  62. Megan says:

    Such a good look. I’ve been spending lots of time in the gym so I can wear this πŸ™‚
    Meg
    http://www.phazestyle.com

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  63. Sasa Zoe says:

    Love love it:) XO

    http://www.shallwesasa.com

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  64. nikki says:

    love those midi skirt looks!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  65. Emma Fox says:

    I love the idea of crop tops and they look so great on everyone else but I still haven't found the right fit for me.. always on the hunt!

    http://poorgirlrichlifeblog.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  66. Definitely having a moment!! Did you see Emma Stone at the Met Gala!!??Obsessed!!! πŸ™‚

    05.08.14 · Reply
  67. Mandy Jacks says:

    not having a moment for me. HATE this trend and can't wait for it to go away. again.

    05.08.14 · Reply
  68. I looove crop tops πŸ™‚ allthough I don’t wear skirts, the midi skirts with crop tops look awesome πŸ™‚ I like wearing crop tops with high wasted shorts or those light long loose patterned pants, if you know what I mean πŸ™‚

    http://berrytheblue.blogspot.cz/

    05.08.14 · Reply
  69. Ana Pierce says:

    Loooove crop tops – I just have to get brave enough to give it a shot. πŸ™‚

    http://www.shelearnsthings.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  70. Love these ways to style, I'm loving crop tops at the moment too my latest ootd involved one!
    Pretty Little Things Blogspot

    05.08.14 · Reply
  71. I literally just bought three things from your collection linked below. Such great inspiration above! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  72. Haley Valerie says:

    I love the looks with a skirt!

    Haley
    haleyvalerie.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  73. Anna says:

    At 27, I still feel too old to wear these! Perhaps, it’s due to the fact that I have a 23 year old sister who bops around town in them. However, all the examples that you put pictures up for look totally classy and I think I might……TRY IT! BIG STEPS!

    05.08.14 · Reply
  74. Grace Denny says:

    I laahhhhve crop tops! Was super scared to try them at first, but they’re addictive once you start wearing them!

    XO, G from grace’d

    05.08.14 · Reply
  75. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love the cropped tops paired with a midi skirt! That's definitely the first way I would try out!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  76. Charlotte Hanley says:

    As a pregnant woman I hate this trend right now because I can't try it!! Also, as a tall woman, I fear it will just look like my clothes shrunk…

    05.08.14 · Reply
  77. Megan says:

    Such a good look. I've been spending lots of time in the gym so I can wear this πŸ™‚
    Meg
    http://www.phazestyle.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  78. Caitlin Lindquist says:

    Thanks so much for including me in your round up my dear! It was great meeting you in Dallas at the conference! πŸ™‚ Hope to see you again soon.
    xx
    Caitlin
    A Little Dash of Darling

    05.08.14 · Reply
  79. Berry The Blue says:

    I looove crop tops πŸ™‚ allthough I don't wear skirts, the midi skirts with crop tops look awesome πŸ™‚ I like wearing crop tops with high wasted shorts or those light long loose patterned pants, if you know what I mean πŸ™‚

    http://berrytheblue.blogspot.cz/

    05.08.14 · Reply
  80. Stephanie says:

    I’ve definitely been loving crop tops too… They’re wonderful! Cool post.

    http://www.guesswhoknowsclothes.blogspot.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  81. Melanie says:

    I have to admit, I am not loving crop tops. I feel like so many of them are so boxy and I definitely don’t need help looking square. So ready for this trend to pass.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

    05.08.14 · Reply
  82. I literally just bought three things from your collection linked below. Such great inspiration above! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

    05.08.14 · Reply
  83. Anna says:

    At 27, I still feel too old to wear these! Perhaps, it's due to the fact that I have a 23 year old sister who bops around town in them. However, all the examples that you put pictures up for look totally classy and I think I might……TRY IT! BIG STEPS!

    05.08.14 · Reply
  84. Grace Denny says:

    I laahhhhve crop tops! Was super scared to try them at first, but they're addictive once you start wearing them!

    XO, G from grace'd

    05.08.14 · Reply
  85. Caitlin Lindquist says:

    Thanks so much for including me in your round up my dear! It was great meeting you in Dallas at the conference! πŸ™‚ Hope to see you again soon.
    xx
    Caitlin
    A Little Dash of Darling

    05.08.14 · Reply
  86. Wanda says:

    Crop tops … no. Been there, done that, done (I’m old). Can we talk about Spain? Do you just want to move there and stay until you die? I fell in love with Rota, Spain and Gibraltar. Spanish espadrilles – wonderful!

    05.08.14 · Reply
  87. Stephanie says:

    I've definitely been loving crop tops too… They're wonderful! Cool post.

    http://www.guesswhoknowsclothes.blogspot.com

    05.09.14 · Reply
  88. Melanie says:

    I have to admit, I am not loving crop tops. I feel like so many of them are so boxy and I definitely don't need help looking square. So ready for this trend to pass.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

    05.09.14 · Reply
  89. Wanda says:

    Crop tops … no. Been there, done that, done (I'm old). Can we talk about Spain? Do you just want to move there and stay until you die? I fell in love with Rota, Spain and Gibraltar. Spanish espadrilles – wonderful!

    05.09.14 · Reply
  90. Porcelina says:

    I love crop tops with high waisted anything! (skirts, shorts, jeans etc.) But I haven’t tried a boxy crop over a slim fitting silhouette underneath, that also looks good to me. Hurrah to ways to wear crops without baring the dreaded stomach flesh! P x

    05.09.14 · Reply
  91. Porcelina says:

    I love crop tops with high waisted anything! (skirts, shorts, jeans etc.) But I haven't tried a boxy crop over a slim fitting silhouette underneath, that also looks good to me. Hurrah to ways to wear crops without baring the dreaded stomach flesh! P x

    05.09.14 · Reply
  92. stylish clothing,so may items i want to own.

    ebuy24hours.blog.com
    http://www.ebuy24hours.tumblr.com

    05.11.14 · Reply
  93. fashion half depends on hair style and color;

    ebuy24hours.blog.com
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    05.11.14 · Reply
  94. stylish clothing,so may items i want to own.

    ebuy24hours.blog.com
    http://www.ebuy24hours.tumblr.com

    05.11.14 · Reply
  95. fashion half depends on hair style and color;

    ebuy24hours.blog.com
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    05.11.14 · Reply
  96. Smart Dresser says:

    Having a moment, no doubt! πŸ™‚

    xx

    http://www.smartdresser.net/

    05.14.14 · Reply
  97. Smart Dresser says:

    Having a moment, no doubt! πŸ™‚

    xx

    http://www.smartdresser.net/

    05.14.14 · Reply
  98. Sarah Dusinberre says:

    Ahhh, I’m still not sure I’m ready for this. Maybe I need to get over myself and embrace it? Love the ones you chose, those!

    – Sarah πŸ™‚
    http://www.thecrownbijoux.blogspot.com

    05.19.14 · Reply
  99. Sarah Dusinberre says:

    Ahhh, I'm still not sure I'm ready for this. Maybe I need to get over myself and embrace it? Love the ones you chose, those!

    – Sarah πŸ™‚
    http://www.thecrownbijoux.blogspot.com

    05.20.14 · Reply
  100. Delicate and Layered says:

    Great post! Thanks for showing how to layer a crop, I guess I never thought about it.https://www.etsy.com/shop/DelicateAndLayered

    05.22.14 · Reply
  101. Delicate and Layered says:

    Great post! Thanks for showing how to layer a crop, I guess I never thought about it.https://www.etsy.com/shop/DelicateAndLayered

    05.23.14 · Reply
  102. Ony says:

    I love your style and outfits!! I really love this look! That crop top is perfect!

    02.21.16 · Reply