Tight Crop: The Deal with Summer’s Hottest Style

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Crop tops aren’t exactly new in the world of fashion. Warmer weather encourages options that are shorter, lighter, and more skin-bearing, so the crop top is a pretty perfect fit to the bevy of perennial trends. Relaxed-fit cropped shirts have been “in” since around the summer of 2010 or so, but this season, the chicest new way to wear a crop is to make it tight.

Loving this fashionista's cool-girl summer look. Perfect styling from head to toe, rocking that crop top! Image Credit

Loving this fashionista’s cool-girl summer look. Perfect styling from head to toe, rocking that crop top! Image Credit

Nervous? Don’t be! Tight crops aren’t anywhere near as scary as they may sound to wear–even if you don’t have a VS model body. This is the perfect style to wear with high-waister skirts, shorts, or pants, showing only a sliver of skin. And of course, you can decide just how cropped you’d like your top to be, from mini (almost a bra) to maxi (almost regular shirt length) to midi (in between). For an even tamer look, go for a tight cropped tee paired with a loose, high-waisted bottom and layer up on top with a vest, combat jacket, or motorcycle coat.

Naughty but nice! The ice-cream inspired palette featured in this outfit is perfect for summer, and the cropped bustier's longer length keeps the look from being too overtly sexy. Perfect for a steamy summer night! Image Credit

Naughty but nice! The ice-cream inspired palette featured in this outfit is perfect for summer, and the cropped bustier’s longer length keeps the look from being too overtly sexy. Perfect for a steamy summer night! Image Credit

In order to balance out their more fitted silhouette and minimal length, many of today’s tight cropped shirts tend to feature higher necklines–and reasonably so! This  smart tailoring is an additional tool to in aiding and adding balance and minimizing overexposure. Look for t-shirt crops, reverse racerbacks, and mock turtleneck styles. On the other hand, however, you can take the tight crop look into bustier territory with spaghetti straps and sweetheart necklines. Both versions are on-trend and perfect for summer–the look you choose will depend merely on your comfort level and personal taste. As with any non-traditional skin-bearing apparel, though, make sure to watch out for weird tan lines!

Tight crops CAN be worn with tight jeans! It's the perfect pair for a funky, retro-inspired look. Image Credit

Tight crops CAN be worn with tight jeans! It’s the perfect pair for a funky, retro-inspired look. Image Credit

Feeling it? Here are some of my favorite tight crops, and a little inspiration for how to style them.

Outfit 1: Beach Babe

Fedora, Forever 21. Stripe Maxi Skirt, Matalan. Crop Top, Topshop. Ultra Skinny Triple Strand Belt, Rag & Bone. Leather Gladiator Sandals, Gucci.

Fedora, Forever 21. Stripe Maxi Skirt, Matalan. Crop Top, Topshop. Ultra Skinny Triple Strand Belt, Rag & Bone. Leather Gladiator Sandals, Gucci.

Here’s an outfit that exemplifies that sliver-of-skin theory I talked about earlier! Just because a shirt is cropped doesn’t mean that you’re going to be showing an obscene amount of skin–especially when the other key component in your outfit is a maxi. To up the sex appeal and make this nighttime-appropriate, trade the aforementioned maxi for a high-waisted bandage skirt and steal the spotlight!

Outfit 2 : Festival Style

Crisscross Crop Top, Forever 21. High-waisted Denim Shorts, Etsy. The Cocoon Kimono, Jamie Fame. Floral Arrow Sunglasses, Sarah Aghili. Suede Fringe Boots, Topshop.

Crisscross Crop Top, Forever 21. High-waisted Denim Shorts, Etsy. The Cocoon Kimono, Jamie Fame. Floral Arrow Sunglasses, Sarah Aghili. Suede Fringe Boots, Topshop.

Another way to brave this trend without baring it all is to layer up! These layers, however, are totally sheer and lightweight, which makes them ideal for summer. You’re layering here for coverage, not warmth. The resulting look is one that is sexy and sensual without being over-the-top or inappropriate. PS, how Coachella is this outfit?

Outfit 3 : Celebrity-Inspired

Relaxed Silk Trousers, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Reptile Silk Illusion Crop Top, Alexander Wang. Patent Wedge Sandals, Marni. Camille Chronograph Watch, Michael Kors. Vintage Quilted Clutch, Chanel.

Relaxed Silk Trousers, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Reptile Silk Illusion Crop Top, Alexander Wang. Patent Wedge Sandals, Marni. Camille Chronograph Watch, Michael Kors. Vintage Quilted Clutch, Chanel.

For you high-spending trend hounds out there, a tight crop and track pants may be the hottest look of the season. The relaxed fit of the trousers counters the tightness of the crop, but since the midriff is bare, the overall look is still sexy and daring.

What do you think of tight crop tops? What about crop tops as a whole? Is this a style you wear? Leave us a comment and share your thoughts! And if you’re looking for a crop top of your own, make sure to check out Mieux & Mieux!

xo,

Liza, Editorial Director

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