Crop tops are uh, cropping up again at lightning speed. And even though Fall and therefore colder weather is on the distant horizon, it doesn’t quite look like we’re about to shelf this one in favor of navel concealment. So what should we do? Dissect the zeitgeist-y trend, duh.
Before we continue though, it’s important to clarify that crop top can mean one of two things. On the one hand, it is a piece of clothing for women or girls covering the upper body but cut short to expose the stomach. On the other, it is a haircut. So, the next time someone tells you that your “chop” looks great, you best turn around, give them the stink eye and explain that it’s a crop top. But I digress. Today we’re discussing the former.
As far as we can tell and perhaps discarding the early Middle Eastern, belly-dancing related use (holler at us, Jasmine), crop tops seemingly began claiming their territory with high waisted shorts, skirts and pants in the 50s. While that surge resulted in something of a 30 year lag period (give or take, of course, a Summer of Love participant–and everyone’s favorite 1965 I Dream Of genie), the following crop revival appeared on one Madonna circa the early 80’s and that’s when the flood gates opened.
Then there was Kelly Kapowski, which was followed by a more subtle, early 90’s interpretation that seemed more like a nod to a sliver of bare midriff but rebuked its stance just a little while later as evidenced by the varying costuming routines of everyone’s favorite: TLC and Britney Spears.
It was right around then that I, personally, took interest in the trend but considering my tender age (let’s figure around eight years old,) and the sense of proprietorship my mother still maintained over my sartorial endeavors, I’d only be able to admire from afar. Now, though, with the help of, (as evidenced in the slideshow above,) Balenciaga Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Theyskens Theory, Christian Dior and Calvin Klein, I have no regrets.
It’s our chance again and while last month we grazed this topic utilizing a denim crop top and high waisted pants, I think it’s high time we collectively balls to the walls and let our belly buttons breathe. That’s the interesting things about trends, right? If they don’t disappear in due time, they only become more exaggerated. Does the future hold bras proper as suitable blousing? Here’s hoping.
So what if you’re not particularly proud of your stomach? Fake it.