Shop flattering crop tops for summer

If the avalanche of crop tops that have descended on the spring catwalks has you recoiling in horror, we suggest you reevaluate, and fast. Not only is the cropped silhouette here to stay, as evidenced by the fall and resort collections, but with the right styling, it’s easier than you think to ooze elegance while exposing a hint of flesh. .

This summer, leave the navel bare to sartorial daredevils like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, and reveal only part of your ribcage by pairing a semi-cropped top with a high-waisted bottom. As it’s no secret that the upper waist is often a woman’s favorite body part (read: thinnest), we think it’s high time you got to grips with the style. flattering.

To look neat and polished at a bridal shower or semi-formal reception, look to tailored styles with preppy or feminine elements – think cropped crop tops with collars or prints delicate florals. Play with proportions and balance a cropped shirt with a high-waisted midi skirt, high-waisted baggy pants or the latest fashion obsession: Bermuda shorts.

Accentuate the edginess of a summer concert or weekend night out by pairing a loose crop top with high waisted skinny jeans and a stylish pair of sneakers or oxfords.

Click through the gallery to shop 12 chic cropped tops that aren’t too short to wear with confidence all summer long.

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