“Oh baby, baby, How was I supposed to know …” — sounded in the late 90s from every iron, and to the beat of the young and incendiary Britney in a hot image, schoolgirls rhythmically moved their flat tummies in short tops, fans of the pop icon ‑music around the world.
It was thanks to such flagships of pop culture as Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez that the cropped top was firmly entrenched in the wardrobe of fashionistas at the beginning of the 2000s. In the same period, the well-known “glamour queen” Paris Hilton, whose images were copied and exploited by millions of teenagers, also had a hand in the deafening popularization of crop tops.
It is no wonder that the fashion of the 2000s, shining with rhinestones, full of “plush” tracksuits in shades of “gouge out your eyes” and replete with total pink and revealing outfits that expose the maximum amount of the female body, is rightfully considered the era of kitsch, glamour, and the apotheosis of vulgarity, which until now, with a shudder of the heart, conservatives, bigots and other guardians of morality recall. The fashion trend for cropped models of tops, piquantly opening the line of the abdomen, was considered infantile and provocative, and was used by a rather narrow, albeit extensive in its total number, layer of fashionistas. In particular, we are talking about young ladies of puberty who are looking for self-expression and who want to emphasize their femininity through deliberate sexuality. By the broad masses, this trend was perceived with hostility and it was believed that a decent girl should not dress in this way.
As you know, fashion is cyclical and now the crop top has not only returned, or rather burst into the catwalks of the leading fashion houses, but also firmly entrenched there, though already in a completely new quality and reading. It’s time to break stereotypes and rethink our opinion about cropped tops, look at them from a different angle, refracting our perception through the prism of today, in which the world has once again set new canons of beauty, offering us completely different contexts and solutions for combining and integrating this piece of clothing in our wardrobes. “GIVE CROPPED TO THE MASS!” — I just want to chant, leafing through fashion magazines.
Has the crop top really become such a universal element of the wardrobe and is suitable for everyone and for all occasions?! Let’s figure it out: let’s debunk the myths and common misconceptions about the short top, but first, let’s turn to the origins and remember how it all began.
It turns out that the prototype of the modern crop top is “choli” — a classic element of the national Indian costume worn under a sari. In the 40–50s of the 20th century, the incomparable Marilyn Monroe began to flaunt in cropped sweaters and turtlenecks, exciting the minds of fans and admirers with a new fashionable discovery, which until now had been presented to the European and American public exclusively on the stage of cabaret in productions on oriental themes.
But as you know, “what is allowed to Jupiter is not allowed to the bull,” and the crop top, beloved by many, which has become one of the main attributes of the pinup style, in real life retained its taboo status, since it was considered indecent and immoral to open the stomach. Not even without a few cases of arrest in New York!
Like the Phoenix bird, the fashion for crop tops was reborn from the ashes in the 60s of the 20th century, when, in the wake of the sexual revolution, hippies began to actively use them in their outfits as a symbol of the naturalness and purity of the naked body. As it usually happens, the trend was borrowed from the subculture by pop stars of the time, including Madonna and Cher, who again updated the fashion for an open tummy for the general public. And after another natural cooling to this fashion trend, years later we met the new millennium entirely in short tops under the imperishable call of the above-mentioned Mrs. Spears, as if addressed to His Majesty the crop top, as a symbol of the new fashionable era! “Hit me baby one more time …” (translation: “Baby, hit me again …”) — the sweet-voiced blonde sang! The circle is closed.
But let’s hasten to emerge from the seething time streams of the past and plunge into the serene expanse of today’s day. So, what are the prejudices that stop us from acquiring the above fashion hit.
Stereotype 1: CROPPED TOP IS ONLY SUITABLE FOR THIN GIRLS WITH PERFECT PRESS — IT LOOKS UNESTHETIC ON OTHERS!
Well, I do not! You and I were lucky to live in the era of the cult of human rights and freedoms, when humanity, in unison, decided to selflessly and fearlessly fight with each other for the rights of ourselves, and it should be noted that it has significantly succeeded in this field, although it has not been without incidents when protected the rights of some began to suddenly infringe on the rights of others, and even, God forbid, offend their feelings. But let’s not talk about sad things, because in this universal battle and clash of interpersonal interests, quite nice and absolutely harmless social phenomena and associations spontaneously arose.
One of these social movements was called “body positivity” and proclaimed the right to feel comfortable in your body in any appearance. “My body is not your problem” — says their life-affirming and defiant manifesto. Under this slogan, many puffy rebels decided to try on the very thing they wanted: short and tight-fitting, for which a merciless society always strove to obstruct the poor things and publicly burn them at the stake, so as not to defile their eyes with the appearance of an imperfect (according to their point of view) body! And, oh miracle! It turned out that short and tight-fitting clothes not only have the right to be worn on the body, whose shapes differ from the cherished “90–60-90”, but also with a competent game with body proportions and thoughtful combination of these garments with other well-chosen things — companions, a very stylish and harmonious ensemble can be formed, emphasizing the main advantages of the figure, diverting the focus of perception from its problem areas.
So, stylists and image makers recommend that when choosing a wardrobe for girls of the “Plus size” size, in order to form the correct proportions of the body, focus on the area under the breast and just below it, which is precisely the narrowest line of the body if there is excess weight on it, because, as It is known that extra pounds are formed mainly in the waist and lower abdomen. Thus, the waist visually shifts from its usual location upwards, and the overall silhouette is stretched and the figure looks slimmer. In addition, this technique allows you to visually lengthen the lower body, and therefore the legs. It is customary to emphasize this line with a belt or belt, but why not make this accent with a crop top that piquantly reveals a narrow strip of the body, combined with an extensive line of clothing with the highest possible fit, which will delicately mask and level out excess volume.
Fortunately, high waist fashion does not leave us to fend for ourselves and offers a wide range of models, from classic pencil skirts and stylish palazzo trousers to basic jeans of various configurations! At the same time, the image turns out to be stylish, modern, balanced and at the same time captivating and exciting, and it certainly cannot be classified as awkward or ridiculous, the main thing is not to overdo it and not completely turn off the critical perception of oneself. By the way, the main star of gossip columns Kim Kardashian, who is very difficult to call thin, often uses the described technique.
Of course, since there is a recipe for preparing a fashionable set with a short top for puffy girls, then young ladies with a normal physique, who have some minor figure imperfections, can also safely use a crop top to create fashionable topical bows, beating it using these principles. Bingo! The myth can be considered debunked.
Stereotype 2. CROPPED TOP IS AN ATTRIBUT OF EXCLUSIVELY SPORTS CLOTHING. IT IS NOT SUITABLE FOR EVERYDAY, BUSINESS, EVENING AND OTHER LOOK.
Yes Yes! There is also an opinion that a crop top or rashguard, as it is commonly called, perceived as part of a sporty style, looks appropriate only in gym locations on the “dried” bodies of beauties in tight compression leggings and, of course, in Balenciaga’s epic ugly sneakers for 5600 rub. (where would we be without them… and, of course, this is the original, just lucky to grab an unheard-of action)!
We owe the formation of such a stereotype to those very wonderful Instagram divas, whose photos from fitness clubs were once full of the feed of one great and terrible social network (rest in peace, Instagram!). Let’s get rid of this prejudice! Crop top has long gone beyond sports. hall, but also feels great in general outside the framework of a sports style, comfortably settling in a niche of everyday, evening, cocktail and moreover — even office and wedding looks — that’s unheard of insolence! But more on that later, but for now let’s focus on the contemplation of cool SPORT bows that are relevant in 2022. Look, enjoy, take on a pencil!
Let’s move on! The recipe for a stylish EVERYDAY look is extremely simple: we take a crop top as a basis, add jeans, carefully monitor the harmonious distribution of volumes, season with a blazer if desired, use comfortable shoes and a drop of accessories, shake everything up, but do not mix! And, voila! The most delicious trendy cocktail is ready!
Further, I propose to pay attention to the following metamorphosis — it is enough to replace sneakers with elegant high-heeled shoes, casual jeans with loose trousers of a flying cut or stylish culottes, and our everyday bow miraculously transforms into a COCKTAIL.
To create a more daring mood, choose the most open crop top, balancing it with extra high-rise trousers.
The image acquires a special femininity when combined with a cropped top with skirts of various cuts and styles. Just a feast for the eyes, look and admire!
To compile a spectacular EVENING set, we no longer have to arrange “dances with tambourines”, trying with the help of locally distributed voluminous and baggy forms to dilute the veil of eroticism, created, perhaps, by any cropped top, regardless of its configuration. In this context, we can afford to significantly increase the degree of sexuality by dressing in a totally tight-fitting outfit, the main highlight of which, of course, will be a crop top. But be careful: when the clock strikes 12, so that your carriage does not turn into a pumpkin, and your clothes into rags, it is important to remember and observe one sacred rule: no mini against the background of a full fit, we give preference to skirts below the knee and maxi-length. And you will be happy!
Well… The most delicious was left for dessert — it’s time to wonder how the designers managed to integrate the crop top into the “holy of holies” — wedding fashion. I guess comments are superfluous here… Let’s abstract, look, get inspired!
And now we will consider the “control in the head” and the myth of the unwearability of the crop top debunked. Let’s talk about how this impudent scout managed to penetrate and firmly establish himself inside such a harsh and conservative — business dress code. Hallelujah! Finally, charming employees of numerous offices in our country can, without fear of getting a strict reprimand with entering into a personal file, complement their baggy oversized suits with our already beloved crop top, or combine it with an elegant jacket and pencil skirt. It looks like a similar image, well, it’s very fresh and somehow not at all office-style. Judge for yourself…
Stereotype 3. “CROPPED TOP IS NOT PRACTICAL!”
-… we run the risk of hearing a concise and categorical synopsis from our beloved mother / caring grandmother / aunt Tamara’s neighbor / good friend / inner self (choose the correct option, otherwise everything is individual here), showing off your fashionable new thing!
Such an objection, in fact, includes a whole range of doubts — well-founded and not very well-founded. “Are you going to go outside like that…?”,
“Look, don’t get cold kidneys in winter…”,
“Is it really decent to go out” to people “with an open stomach?”,
“I wasted my money, I’d rather buy a classic basic item, otherwise these topics will soon go out of fashion”,
“Maybe it’s better to give this blouse to your younger sister, otherwise at your age they don’t wear it anymore! By the way, I remember in the fifth grade you had the same one …”,
“What, your size was not in the store?” — this is just a short list of possible reactions that we are likely to encounter.
We are not in a hurry to object, we count to ourselves up to 10, exhale, enter the state of “zen” and now we explain everything in order, summarizing all of the above!
So: Crop top. Instructions for use.
Description and composition: a cropped model of a top, t‑shirt, longsleeve, turtleneck, pullover, jumper, sweater, sweatshirt, etc.
Release form: in the form of a tight-fitting, semi-adjacent or free cut, with long sleeves, short or without them, plain or with prints, lace or knitted, dense or translucent, summer and demi-season, sports and romantic, minimalistic and extravagant, etc.
Properties: due to the features of a shortened cut, it has invigorating and stimulating properties that can significantly increase the overall tone, mood, low self-esteem, cope with depression and gain self-confidence, self-sufficiency and inner harmony.
Indications for use: it is recommended to apply to girls of any age category, build, worldview, class and ethnicity, life position, political views and other beliefs who want to look stylish and relevant in any situation.
Contraindications: not found.
How to use and interact with other items of clothing: perfectly interacts with all kinds of shirts, jackets or oversized jackets and is complemented by tight midi-length pencil skirts, puffy sun skirts below the knee, long floor-length skirts in a free cut or bodycon, as well as a variety of jeans, trousers all kinds of styles, culottes and shorts. When choosing skirts or trousers, it is preferable to opt for a model with a high waist, but images with wardrobe items with a fit on the hips are also acceptable, since low waist is back at the height of fashion this season. We combine low-rise models with a cropped top with caution, since such a combination requires a chiseled figure, and besides, it looks appropriate only in an informal setting and is unacceptable for an office style.
Side effects: causes mild dependence and increased attention from the public, especially males.
Shelf life: has not gone out of fashion for several seasons and does not lose its relevance, but only gains popularity.
Special Notes: as a result of tests carried out by fashionistas, it is recognized as a new classic and a must-have element of the basic wardrobe.
Well?! Are there still doubters? With confidence and undisguised pleasure, I declare that now all our prejudices and fears on the topic of cropped blouses are recognized as untenable and devoid of argumentation.
And concluding our long but meaningful conversation on the topic of the practicality of cropped top models, I propose to identify the most multifunctional configuration from all their variety on the market.
In my subjective, but not devoid of a certain degree of expertise, look, a solid-colored jumper made of fine jersey with long sleeves and a stand-up collar seems to be especially successful. With such a cropped turtleneck, you can collect a huge number of fashionable bows, and it will find its application both in the cold winter season and on a fine summer day. Such a cropped turtleneck has won an unconditional victory over the regulars of the basic women’s wardrobe — a black turtleneck of classic length. Therefore, we can safely and mercilessly send to a well-deserved rest, or rather in a suitcase, this, though dearly beloved, but rather annoying piece of clothing, and resolutely and irrevocably replace it with a shortened “brother”.
The young St. Petersburg clothing brand with the sonorous name SIBUMI presents, in truth, an excellent model of a cropped turtleneck, which deserves attention due to its impeccable quality and the most comfortable and thoughtful cut. The turtleneck is made of premium high density Turkish jersey, which has excellent characteristics and external qualities. This parameter is very important for those who want to look not only fashionable, but also expensive, because the quality of the material is the determining factor in assessing the status of a thing. In addition, the high cotton content makes it extremely comfortable to wear. Carefully crafted patterns provide a perfect fit on the figure, emphasizing its advantages and leveling the shortcomings. The main detail and design accent that takes this model from the category of fashionable to the category of stylish are the elongated sleeves, complemented by cuffs with a thumb hole.
The concept of Shibumi in Japanese culture implies a philosophical current in which beauty is perceived through the prism of originality, uniqueness and the charm of imperfection, as opposed to deliberate gloss and glamour.
Be beautiful with Sibumi, because your beauty is in your uniqueness!
“And in the end, I’ll say …” Gone are the days when a bare stomach caused only irritation, hidden aggression and a storm of negative emotions in society. The situation does not look surreal either, in which, while preparing for a walk in the park, a pretty young lady with magnificent forms and, probably, imperfect abs, chose a shortened long-sleeve model, slightly opening the upper part of the waist, to complement her favorite flying floor-length skirt. The university teacher does not cause condemnation and bewilderment, who complemented her gray strict loose-fitting trouser suit with a cropped sleeveless top. The beautiful bride of Balzac age also arouses admiration, choosing as her wedding dress an exquisite set of a snow-white satin crop top with long sleeves and a luxurious mermaid silhouette skirt with a train. Do not become hostages of public opinion, experiment, be free, be brave, break stereotypes and move mountains! The brave conquer not only the seas, but the whole world!