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Womens Crop Tops

The crop top was originally worn in eastern cultures. Indian women wore them with their choli and saris, and belly dancers wore them in Egypt. Originally, people in the west thought the look was too exotic. In the 1940s, however, many items like fabric were rationed. This meant use was restricted and women had to become creative in how they used fabric. The crop top became an iconic look in this era. At the time, it was cut with a high collar and short sleeves and worn with high-waisted skirts. The 1960s and the 1970s saw the hemline rising. It became a sex symbol worn by celebrities like Cher. By the 1980s and 1990s, the modern crop top became popular. Although in 2000, they decreased in popularity, they have made a strong come back.

What are the different styles?

There are several styles. The long-sleeve crop top is good for cooler weather and pair well with jeans or a skirt. The off-the-shoulder crop top is feminine and goes well with jeans or skirts in warmer months. The high-neck or lace crop top is sometimes acceptable in more formal or corporate settings. The sporty top is usually worn when exercising or doing yoga. There is also a belly crop top, which is more of a floaty, boho style.

Which crop top works for specific body-types?

Depending on body type, there are a number of short tops to suit. Consider the following:

  • Hourglass figures should wear tops that stop at the slimmest part of the waist to accentuate curves
  • Pear-shaped figures should draw attention to the waist and shoulders by wearing a wide neckline or shoulder-baring crop top
  • Apple-shaped figures need a structured crop top
  • Rectangular-shape need a bustier-style top
  • Athletic figures show off abs with a feminine, floaty crop top
  • Petite figures choose a top that curves over the midriff

What should be considered before wearing a crop top?

According to stylists, there are a few things to think about before wearing a crop top. Since the midriff is bared, reduce bloating by eating foods high in potassium and drinking water. Stiff material is better because it holds the shape. Make sure the top isn't too tight and keep the rest of the outfit conservative, otherwise you might be showing too much skin.

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