19 of the best cropped tops for summer 2021

When crop tops first started hitting the catwalks, we chalked it up to a moment of Y2K-inspired craziness. But they kept coming…and then the high street joined… and now the sun has (finally) appeared, it’s official. crop tops have a Major fashion moment.

Having the breeze blowing around your belly is a delicious incentive to try a cropped top after spending most of the year wrapped up in loungewear and duvet coats. How much skin you leave exposed is entirely up to you. Whether it’s a little sparkle above high-waisted pants or a revealing abs moment that would give Kendall Jenner a chance to reconsider her signature look, you can dial in the drama (or reduce it) as desired.

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Anything that sits above your navel or above can be called a crop top, but within that there are myriad options to suit any style. The Cottagecore puff-sleeve silhouette works brilliantly as a crop to balance out all the volume in the top, but fitted styles look especially chic with high-waisted linen shorts.

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Pair a blouse-style crop top with a full, ruffled skirt for an extravagant look, or choose a top with matching bottoms for a chic ensemble. The space around your midriff will keep a bold pattern from being too overwhelming and keep your look more relaxed than it might be in a similar summer dress. Cropped tees are a natural match for cycling shorts, an oversized blazer if it’s cool and sneakers optional for daywear, while form-fitting styles can work with similar form-fitting bottoms for a sleek silhouette (Or baggy jeans as a contrast.) Anything short and crocheted evokes the holidays and pairs perfectly with shorts, sandals and a cocktail.

We’re sure there’s a crop top for every style – and every occasion – this summer. Scroll through our selection of the best crop tops to buy right now…

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