Crop Top Designs To Experiment With if You Want To Switch Up Your Style

by | December 8, 2021, 22:15 IST


Do you ever look at your wardrobe and feel bored of the run-of-the-mill shirts, t-shirts, and tops that you own? May we suggest switching up your wardrobe game with new-age crop top designs which can inject your look with much-needed fun and elevate it with little to no effort?

The ‘70s trend has been a rage for quite some years now. However, they are not limited to T-shirts only. Since a few years, crop top designs now consist of shirts, bra tops and even blazers. Crop top designs have also become body inclusive because of which women with any type of body can experiment with their style and include these in their looks. If you need any more inspiration or ideas to experiment with the multitudes of crop top designs that are now available to fashion savants, then scroll below for some celebrity-inspired looks that will steer you in the right direction.

Athleisure-Inspired Crop Tops
Crop Shirts
Crop T-Shirts
Bra-Inspired Crop Tops
Crop Jackets
Crop Indian Blouses
FAQs on Crop Top Designs

Athleisure-Inspired Crop Tops

Athleisure-Inspired Crop Tops
Image: Instagram/@ priyankachopra

Athleisure has been a mainstay in the Gen Z wardrobes for a while now, but thanks to the pandemic all of us are embracing these streetwear-inspired pieces and making them a part of our everyday style. Snug-fitting crop tops that resemble sports bras are all the rage right now. The sleeveless designs come in halter neck styles, as a racerback and in some cases, they even come as off-shoulder (inspired by the bandeau tops) and one-shoulder styles. They can feature high necks, like the one seen on Priyanka Chopra here, and can also have scooped round necks resembling a basic tank top.

Pro Tip: Style your crop top with an overshirt to make it sweater-weather appropriate and give the look a casual look. Take inspiration from Kendall Jenner, who has layered hers with a green oversized men’s shirt.

Style your crop top
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Crop Shirts

Crop Shirts
Image: Instagram/@ chiaraferragni

Swap your traditional shirt with its crop version if you’re seeking options to wear to casual gatherings or occasions. These shirts are narrow toward the waist and are great for showing off your slender midriff. Crop shirts can be printed or plain, sleeveless or come with full sleeves like the one seen on Italian fashion influencer Chiara Ferragni here.

knotted Crop Shirts
Image: Instagram/@ mrunalthakur

Y2K trends like knotted shirts are also making rounds in further crop versions. These are great to be paired with snug-fitting body con skirts as seen on Mrunal Thakur, who is wearing hers with a matching skirt.

Pro Tip: Wear your crop shirts with straight fit denim and stilettos. Keep the look chic with dainty accessories. Supplant your usual bags with a small shoulder bag or a micro cross-body bag.

Crop T-Shirts

Crop T-Shirts
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A must-have in everyday wardrobe, a cropped T-shirt is best for wearing casually with denim or any pair of pants. Compared to a regular T-shirt, crop designs are more youthful and fun and can elevate a basic look to chic heights.

Regular Crop T-shirt
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If you don’t own a crop T-shirt, you can easily turn a regular T-shirt into one by knotting it over the midriff. It is also a great way to use the same outfit in multiple ways.

Sleeveless Crop T-shirts
Image: Instagram/@kimkardashian

Crop T-shirts also come in sleeveless versions like the one seen on Kim Kardashian here, who has further knotted her t-shirt in a stylish way toward one side to show off her slender waist.

Pro Tip: For a casual everyday look, wear your crop t-shirt with denim and pair it with chunky sneakers or high tops. Platform shoes, too, are a great choice.

Bra-Inspired Crop Tops

This crop top design is different from the sports bra-inspired crop top as it is shorter and is more midriff-baring. They are more risqué than other versions of the top and hence are preferred by fewer women in comparison. They are also padded and often eliminate the need to wear a separate bra or anything underneath. If you wish to experiment with this crop top, then, you can start with the bralette-inspired design as seen on influencer Olivia Palermo.

Bra-Inspired Crop Tops
Image: Instagram/@oliviapalermo

You can also push the envelope with your style by choosing a micro crop top design as seen on Malaika Arora here, who has worn hers with a snug-fitting body con skirt.

Micro Crop Top Design
Image: Instagram/@malaikaaroraofficial

These tiny crop top designs also come in super feminine versions which are slightly retro-inspired with puffy sleeves as seen on Jacqueline Fernandez.

Tiny Crop Top Designs
Image: Instagram/@jacquelinef143

Pro Tip: These crop tops are perfect to be worn with high-waist skirts or high-waist flare leg pants. They are also great to wear underneath a jacket, especially if you want to leave it unbuttoned.

Crop Jackets

Crop Jackets
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We’re only used to seeing double-breasted blazers as full-length ones that lightly skim the thighs. However, crop designs have now extended to jackets, too. Crop, navel-grazing blazers that can moonlight as tops are the newest in the range of diminutive clothes that are making headlines. When it comes to crop jackets, printed bombers are also an option for those who like to have an athleisure-inspired wardrobe.

Pro Tip: Wear it like coordinated separates or pair the jacket with anti-fit denim for a laid-back casual look. One can also wear a plain sports bra-inspired crop top underneath the jacket for layering.

Crop Indian Blouses

Crop Indian Blouses
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Think crop tops are limited only to our contemporary wardrobes? Many designers are adopting the crop top silhouette and injecting it with Indian elements to pair it with lehengas and saris as blouses. These designs are perfect for new-age women who want to stray away from traditional designs. Crop versions of blouses often have a high neck in the front but have deep scooped necks in the back or feature keyhole designs for some skin reveal to offset the fabric.

Pro Tip: Consider these blouses for pre-wedding parties in Indian weddings like sangeet and haldi, and to wear to wedding reception parties. It is perfect for bridesmaids who are seeking casual yet ethnic options to wear to a wedding.

FAQs on Crop Top Designs

Q. How to style a crop top?

A. Crop top can be styled in multitudes of ways depending on the type of crop top. However, because of its basic midriff-baring design, there are a few failsafe ways of wearing a crop top and looking ultra-stylish in the same. A snug-fitting crop top will look best when worn with high-waist pants or a body con skirt. They are also a great outfit option to highlight your waist as they end above your navel. When it comes to accessorizing, pick dainty jewellery, wear sneakers or pencil heels depending on the look and carry micro cross-body bags or shoulder bags.

How To Style a Crop Top Infographic

Q. Can you layer a crop top?

A. Crop tops can be worn underneath blazers, bombers, and other types of jackets. One can also leave the jacket unbuttoned and let the crop top show. One can also wear crop tops with overshirts for a casual look.

Q. Can people with any body type wear a crop top?

A. There are many styles of crop top and not every crop top is snug, fitted or micro. Crop T-shirts and shirts are slightly loose and are perfect for women who are not comfortable with wearing body-hugging designs. There are crop top designs that will cater to the needs of women of all body types.
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