Trend Alert: The Crop Chop

With the weather starting to warm up, now’s the time to break out the ab-cruncher and tone up your tummy. Spring’s biggest trend is all about the crop top… And no, we don’t mean the one you wear on the treadmill. The humble t-shirt has sizably shrunk this season, with designers such as Phillip Lim and Balenciaga leading the way. However, before you shrug this off as something only rail-thin 14-year-olds can wear, take a sartorial cue from sophisticated celebs like Diane Kruger and Freida Pinto who have turned this festival favourite into red-carpet glamour.

So do you dare to bare? Here are our favourite picks – there’s everything from peek-a-boo bodices to teeny tiny bralets. Skin is in!

1. Zara Cropped T-shirt, £15.99, zara.com

Zara cropped t-shirt

For a transseasonal look, layer this basic over your favourite summer dress. Plus, it hides any lingering winter lumps and bumps!

2. House of Holland Jacquard Tweed Bustier, £220, brownsfashion.com

Straight off the runway, this metallic bustier also nails the peplum trend.

3. Sparkle & Fade Lurex Cut-Out Crop Top, £16, urbanoutfitters.co.uk

A festival essential. Grab your denim cut-offs and a wide-brimmed hat and you’re good to go.

4. One Teaspoon Pretty Boy Biker Bra Top, £66.76, shopbop.com

Pretend you’re on a summer vacay with this Hawaiian-print bodice and a classic black maxi.

5. Rihanna for River Island Yellow Knot Back Turtle Neck, £35, riverisland.com

Rihanna is the crop top queen – her latest collection is overflowing with slashed sweaters.

6. Asos Floral Print Beach Knot Side Crop Top and Short Set, £30, asos.com

Just like a playsuit, except with side vents.

7. BCBG Runway Raya Cropped Top, US$278, bcbg.com

A sophisticated tank that will take you from night to day. Keep it tailored with a pencil skirt and bust out the printed skorts after hours.

8. All Saints Graffiti Tee, £195, allsaints.com

Did someone say PARTY?

9. Topshop Jacquard Crop Top, £32, topshop.com

Team this pretty pattern with a pair of flowing palazzo pants for a glam French Riviera vibe.

 

Kimberlee Oo

Kimberlee is an Australian writer who gave up the reality to follow her dreams...Originally from Sydney, now living in Paris. Kimberlee spends her days writing, styling and eating croissants.

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