Don’t you dare fuck this trend up for me: Crop tops
Topshop, American Apparel, Proenza Schouler S/S 2009, Chanel S/S 2009, Elenita
I remember last time I wore crop tops, which wasn’t too long ago. I was about twelve, and was matching a baby pink polyester atrocity with baby blue bootcut trousers and running sneakers. Complete with clumpy mascara and shimmering lip gloss. I can remember thinking that I looked pretty cute.
Then came the time of tops that nearly reached to ones knees, and all you saw were chicks combining their supertight tanktops with their “cute” denim minis and skinny jeans, and hipster kids rocking their oversized American Apparel tees with leggings. And now it seems that after this overload, the crop top has made a comeback.
I have seen several varieties of this one until now, none quite reminiscent of the skin tight, low cut, neon coloured rave styles of the 90’s, nor of the baby pink and baby blue low cut belly tees with “cute” writings on them. The new style is the unisex, baggy basic tees like the American Apparel style, with high necklines, revealing nothing but the stomach area. Or the outrageous versions like what basically are leather bras, shown by Chanel and Proenza Schouler.
I love the look of a cropped tee, either the American Apparel way, combined with a high waisted skirt or jeans, or with a longer top underneath – Lena did a lovely job there – or the more outrageous versions of a skanky dominatrix top matched with a classy pencil skirt or peg leg trousers – although more Proenza than Chanel.
However, what scares me to death is the thought of slightly overweight teenagers jumping on the trend to dress in the cheapest, skankiest way possible, as it was five years ago. Let’s hope it takes some time for this trend to seep down to the masses – while I’m enjoying belly baring in style.