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Oh, Twitter. The internet’s biggest downfall and our most guilty of all pleasures. In 2019, long before the end of the world, Twitter controversies were erupting left and right regarding the 2020 election between Trump and Biden, Gucci’s obnoxious “Blackface” balaclava, and of course, whether or not crop tops for men should exist.
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It may sound like a lot of bullshit, but we mean it. In the summer before the pandemic, ASOS launched a number of men’s crop tops that took the internet by storm. Like, for real, people were pissed. Just the idea that a man somewhere could proudly flaunt a few inches of belly has parked a conversation.
“Should men wear crop tops?”
“If so, what kindly can men wear crop tops? »
People got so pissed off about… the shirts. Old-school straight people were upset because of all their treasured gender roles, and some LGBTQ+ people were upset because there was an assumption that “only gay people would wear these lousy shirts” when in reality, this should not have been the case. It’s like no one has ever watched an episode of The prince of Bel-Air where Will Smith transplanted a cropped tee (pre-Oscar slap, of course). What about teenager Johnny Depp wearing a cropped jersey talking on the phone in Nightmare on Elm Street. (Okay, we understand some of you have blocked this from your memory.)
But like, baby, listen – cropped t-shirts for men have been around forever. Like men’s rompers before it, this controversial garment actually has a long history. Sorry not sorry we had to be the ones saying it.
It’s safe to say that as a company we’ve grown a lot since then. Any type of man can wear a crop top. We repeat that: any type of man can wear a crop top. Guys are more comfortable with nail polish than they’ve ever been, TikTok trends involving men wearing maid dresses have taken over the app since the fall and men’s crop tops are back. The Earth heals, people. Leave him.
It’s also the best time of the year, as we’re approaching men’s crop top season. Because if there’s one thing about summer 2022 that we’re looking forward to, it’s that it’s absolutely crazy about our style. Balls to the wall, if you will. It’s the first summer in a while that we’ve completely let our guard down, so you better believe we’re making some questionable outfit choices on these streets. Mind your own business.
That being said, get yourself a crop top or two. Whore. We do not care. Abs, daddy bodies, beer bellies, skinny, hairy, smooth, gay, straight, trans – whatever. This summer is the summer to say “fuck it” and finally have fun with fashion. It’s time for you to do the same.
1. SHEIN Men’s Contrast Stripe Cropped T-Shirt
You already know what girls are saying on TikTok: SHEIN haul! This striped crop top comes in sizes up to XXL, so no matter your size, that body can probably squeeze. The t-shirt itself is incredibly inexpensive, so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. It has a classic striped look that looks quite retro, so pair it with whatever you feel comfortable with.
Buy: SHEIN Men Striped Contrast Binding Crop T-Shirt $7.00
2. Row Blazers 70s Stripe Cropped Rugby
If this is a fashion story at SPY and there isn’t at least one choice among Rowing Blazers, is it even a fashion story at SPY? Probably not. This rugby short fulfills our wildest dreams as Rowing Blazers fanatics. Of course, it could be specially designed for women, but we are ready to adapt it. If there is a will, there is a way. Hey Rowing Blazers, invite some boys to model these crop tops on the site! And you know very well who to contact if you need a model!
Buy: Rowing Blazers ’70s Stripe Cropped Rugby $195.00
3. Budweiser Cropped Tee
Carrying your favorite beer has never looked so good. This crop top from Etsy is emblazoned with the classic Budweiser logo, read to wear it while you flip burgers with a beer in hand all summer long. This crop top is a must have for any guy who finds himself continually wearing jorts and aviators 99% of the time in the summer. Bonus points if you have a mule.
Buy: Budweiser cropped t-shirt $16.99
4. Runcati Workout Cropped Tank Top
Crop tops for men don’t normally cost an arm and a leg, our prior pick is just costly due to all the organic and sustainable qualities. Most crop tops for guys are around $10, like this cropped workout tank top from Amazon. There’s really nothing to this one other than a solid black coloring. It ditches both sleeves to let you show off those shoulders, bi and tri and of course leaves plenty of room for an ab it of a belly peak. There are a few other colors available like white, pink, and purple, so feel free to go crazy and stand out like a sore thumb this summer. It’s yours!
Buy: Runcati Workout Cropped Tank Top $14.99
5. DARE Crop Top
Okay, if you’re trying to achieve that summery vintage aesthetic so well done by Will Smith and Johnny Depp, you’re going to have to do it right. Take this vintage DARE culture for example – it’s old school, it’s effortless, and it looks like something you could have easily found at the local thrift store. If you want to look like one of the muscle guys from your favorite 80s movie this summer, a crop top like this is the way to pull it off.
Buy: DARE Crop Top $17.99
6. SweatyRocks Striped Long Sleeve Crop Top
Since summer isn’t necessarily as close as we’d like, check out this long sleeve crop top from Amazon that you can wear when you still want to show your guts but need to keep your arms warm. Let’s be realistic, this one is supposed to be 100% for women, but what? Oh, yeah, who cares. Pair it with jeans and your favorite Converse hi-tops and create a look that everyone on the street will love.
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Buy: SweatyRocks Striped Long Sleeve Crop Top $13.99 (orig. $18.99) 26% off
7. Sports cropped t-shirt
Take it back in time with this mesh cropped top that looks a bit like your childhood peewee football jersey. You know what they say: what goes around comes around. This sporty yet flirty crop top will bring a masculine touch to your cropped look this summer by keeping you effortlessly cool no matter how you wear it. Wear it while playing basketball with the boys, at a pool party in the backyard, at a bar with your friends, wherever you are. If the day calls for something casual, you know what to do. Put it on. It might be a little shorter than your average men’s crop top, but who cares? Get ready for a real hot boy summer.
Buy: Sport cropped t-shirt $12.99
8. ASOS DESIGN mesh t-shirt with ring detail
Sporty mesh? Never look better in this cropped top from ASOS covered in a funky patterned mesh material. This crop top is a must have for any guy who likes to be the center of attention. It’s the perfect head turner and can amazingly be paired with just about anything.
Buy: ASOS DESIGN mesh t-shirt with contour detail $30.00
9. Marek + Richard Toxic Goo Crop Tank Top
This is not your classic crop top. Honestly, nothing Marek + Richard does should be considered ‘classic’, as you’ll see again at the end. This gooey cropped tank top is all you need for any upcoming festival or rave you might have planned in the future. It drips in a unique, lopsided shape and will absolutely get you lots of compliments.
Buy: Marek + Richard Toxic Goo cropped tank top $52.50
10. Marek + Richard Thrussy Cropped Tee
Okay, we know we said crop tops for men aren’t necessarily gay, but this cropped tee is gay as fuck and we’re absolutely obsessed with it. We’re not going to sit you down and explain what “thrussy” means, it’s as simple as if you knew, you knew. This iconic shirt is sure to please everyone from the beach to the backyard BBQ to your next IG selfie. Just be careful when wearing it in the straights.
Buy: Marek + Richard Thrussy Crop Tee $32.50
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