Versatility of a Crop Top
Team TDL 24 Mar 2016 TRENDS 


Cute, sexy and femme… are just a few words that describe belly baring tops. Not only have they been around all summer but have also managed to continue into Summer 2016. Reigning supreme, crop tops add character to a variety of bottom garments.

Worn by women of varied shapes & sizes, some of the crop tops expose much less of the torso. Laying emphasis only on the waist, there are umpteen ways in which they are being styled these days and I have identified a few…

1. Tradition with a twist

With the mid-riff being the new cleavage, it is time to punctuate your Indian wear with a statement crop top. Instead of a blouse pair them with saree’s and lehenga’s for a distinctive look just like actor Gauahar Khan (in a Bhumika Sharma outfit). In vibrant hues and textures, opt for these double duty tops over dhoti pants & skirts too. Take a look at Lisa Haydon wearing a Swati Vijaivargie ensemble.  While you may think these are risqué to pull off, they are surely worth giving a shot.


2. Keeping it Casual

If comfort is your key fashion word, then sticking to simple, slouchy crop tops with torn denims is fun. Another option is to give the tie up button down shirt a shot, with a pair of shorts (Kangana Ranaut kept thing easy with such separates). Bring everyone’s attention to your ensemble as you opt for the matching patterns. And while getting creative with looks, teaming a boxy version under overalls (like model Kendall Jenner) tends to create a boyish, yet shapely appeal.  In conclusion, the down dressed, cool vibe surely speaks volume.


3. Interesting bottom garments

Acquire a fashion forward feel by wearing a crop top with high-waisted, tailored pants. Complimenting flowy palazzo’s they can be teamed with culottes (just like Alia Bhatt in H&M separates), cropped pants (have a look at 431-88 by Shweta Kapur) and peplum pants too. Ideal for an elegant feel such combinations, elevate your look to the next level.


4. Sporty Vibe

Yes! They are an integral part of women’s activewear. Whether it is the figure hugging or the loose ones (just the model in the image), these effortless pieces are perfect for various fitness routines. As a variation, try the short crop tops in full sleeves. Infact, dressing up in innovative sport luxe apparels has worked well for many for instance singer Rihanna looked striking.


5. Skirting around

As you get red carpet ready, match crop tops with voluminous skirts for that modern feel. We came across actor Sonam Kapoor in a Nishka Lulla silhouette. And, with the straight maxi kind, they provide that much required boho edge. Pairing pencil (see Tamanna Bhatia in an Elizabeth & James look) as well as short skirts too can be very interesting.


All in all, for every woman with a strong individual style - nailing this trend is about adding your personalized touch to it. Having said that, how do you intend to transform your looks?