8 crop tops that turn into saree blouses and how to style them

Influencers have made pairing crop tops and bralettes with sarees a trend. However, even though they can easily dress like that for photos, us “ordinary” people can’t quite glamor in the same way. Nevertheless, the crop top and the saree are doable in real life. That’s why we recommend you to buy crop tops instead of buying more saree blouses. After all, they serve a dual purpose, unlike blouses.

Of course, there are no rules for this and you can make almost any crop top into a blouse. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Blouses should ideally be cropped or form-fitting, or both. Since sarees are bulky garments that cover most of the body, a bulky blouse can make you look frumpy and messy.
  • Avoid those ribbed or casual cropped t-shirts unless that’s the laid-back vibe you’re after.
  • Consider whether you want to wear a bra with the blouse or not. If so, check the padding and the front and back necklines of the top to see if you can wear a bra with it.

If you want our recommendations in this department, here are our favorites.

SCORPIUS Women’s Plain Black Crop Top, Rs 999

A basic and simple black turtleneck top, this one is a must-have. You can wear it with ANY high waist and it is the perfect accompaniment to your thick silk sarees. There’s nothing chicer than a fitted black turtleneck or high neck top to offset the rich work of heavy earrings and an opulent traditional saree.

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SHEIN Cross Criss Hem Crop Top, Rs 393

The first thing for this top is that it’s sexy but won’t make your breasts pop out anywhere. In addition, you can wear a bra with it. A criss-cross hem like this is great for those with a larger waist as the band is a bit loose for a smaller waist. If you’re an hourglass figure, this top might not fit you everywhere.

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Tally Weijl Tally Weijl Round Neck Embellished Off Shoulder Sleeve T-Shirt, Rs 3,499

A blingy blouse that you can wear with a range of plain black and gray sarees, this one is the perfect pick for a night out. Also, since it has long sleeves and is quite covered, you can wear it as a blouse for winter weddings. Sure, so much sparkle isn’t for everyone, but it’s great for a night out.

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SHEIN Floral Print Cami Crop Top, Rs 342

If there was a top to unleash your inner Yash Raj heroine, this is it. The perfect blouse for a plain mint or pale pink chiffon or georgette saree, this girly and soft pink print crop top is also perfect for date night. Pair it with a pearl necklace or sparkling rhinestone studs – you’ll look sophisticated and feminine either way.

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Tokyo Talkies Women Rust Red Solid Crop Top Jacket, Rs 849

Although we wouldn’t normally recommend a loose top as a blouse, this one has an interesting structure and is cinched at the waist, which makes it different from others with a similar silhouette. Plus, the warm rust color is sure to work with lots of reds, oranges, maroons and saffrons common in traditional sarees, especially those made of stiff cotton which look bolder when paired with a crisp white shirt or boxy tops.

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Veni Vidi Vici Women’s White Stylish Back Top, Rs 1,170

A basic off-the-shoulder or off-the-shoulder crop top can enhance any ordinary saree look and make it ten times prettier. This white is a must-have basic, just like a black blouse. The best part is that it doesn’t have the crinkle fabric common to a lot of tops like this, and it also lacks any visible elastic bands, making it more appropriate for a special occasion. We also love how the ruffled fabric layer on top makes wearing a bra optional!

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Global Desi Foil Print Sleeveless Crop Top, Rs 1,199

Whether it’s gold or silver zari, this champagne-toned blouse will pair with a range of metallic accents thanks to its neutral undertone. Ideal for those who like to wear slightly longer blouses, this would also be perfect as a top when paired with a variety of blue jeans, an ethnic skirt or even a lehenga.

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SHEIN Fringed Cami Top, Rs 393

Feathers and fringes are a hot trend in the saree world thanks to Manish Malhotra, making this blouse a worthy investment. Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, this atypical top is nevertheless cool for those who don’t want anything simple. Tassels work great with sarees that are either plain or embellished with white sequins or rhinestones. So if you want to bring back the Roaring Twenties with your blouse, this should do the trick.

Buy it here.