Cropped tops are currently one of the hottest summer trends around, and they’ll still be doing the rounds this fall with knee-length boots, sweaters and lots of layers. So there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t have a few in your wardrobe. Here’s our guide to styling cropped tops for your body type. So that you don’t feel left out, and don’t end up as a fashion disaster either! But first, know your body type and how you should be dressing up for it.
Long and lean
If you’re long and lean, don’t be afraid to wear prints. Try cropped tops that are vivid and colorful with interesting prints, textures, and motifs. And to avoid becoming a fashion disaster by wearing too much texture, pair it with a mid-length skirt in a solid color preferably black or some other neutral. The mid-length will help to control your proportions, whereas a slightly bulky cropped top can add a bit of volume to your bust and shoulders in case you’re too thin and want to balance out proportions.
Who says plus size women can’t wear cropped tops? Of course they can, just not one that shows off too much belly! The way to do it right is to opt for something that’s medium length or just short enough to not show off too much (only a modest sliver of skin), and pair with a high-waisted bottom – skirts or pantaloons – your pick. The high waisted bottom paired with the right length of cropped top will do wonders to make your waistline appear thinner.
Triangle shaped body
The reverse triangle body shape is one that works the best with cropped tops because there is practically no limit to styling them into a look that serves for both contouring the body as well as looking chic. If you want to enhance your broad shoulders, go for a halter neck; the diagonal lines created by the halter at either shoulder will draw the eye to your center neck area, making the waist appear thinner. Or try wearing one with a dress to balance out your body’s proportions. If you’re a triangle with killer abs, then you absolutely must wear a cropped top that shows off skin!
If you’ve been doing some exercise in a waist trainer, then wearing a cropped top is the perfect way to show off your curves when you walk down the street. Pick one that finishes at your true waistline and pair it with a pencil skirt for a look that’s ooh-so-curvy and absolutely attention demanding.
If you’ve got big boobs, flaunt them. The best styles that work for a busty body are a cropped top with a sweetheart neckline. You can sport one in two ways. Either wear it under a jacket to give some structure to your shoulders and body shape, or be a little cheekier and wear it over a light colored blouse to enhance your bosom and draw in more attention to your hooters.
If you’re feeling a tad bit left out in the height department, worry not, you can still make cropped tops work for you. Go for one that’s slightly raised at the center and longer at the back. This will help to make your legs look longer and create the illusion of a longer and taller body type. Of course, pair it with tights pants and high heels to nail the illusion and the look.
If you’re wider at the hips and narrower at the top, all you need to do is create simple body illusions to rock a cropped top. You might want to stick to lighter colors for your choice of cropped top – preferably white, so that you upper body appears a bit wider. Pair it with a high waisted bottom to draw in the waistline and make your hips appear less wide for a more toned look.
So what’s your favorite cropped top style pick?