Top Crops

By Jennifer Wells
In Culture, Interviews

A new breed of crop tops will have you rethinking the trend for the better.

 

If the thought of wearing a crop top fills you with fear or loathing, you’re not alone—but do take heed. Fashion’s top designers are determined to change your mind. At Michael Kors, it was bold stripes in classic American colors that gave the crop top look its sporty edge. At Alexander Wang, it was the clever cut-outs that made the designer’s leather frocks so noteworthy. And at Balenciaga, it was a play on overt femininity (think ruffles and lace) mixed with masculine undertones—such as trousers, blazers and an androgynous, muscle-clad model or two—that had the fashion set sizing up their own six-pack abs for spring. So what’s different this time around? Thankfully, the most modern, high-waisted take on the trend has the navel exactly where most women prefer it—decidedly under wraps.

 

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Aztec Inspirations

Tribal detailing and a high waist with pleats puts a rich, prim spin on a crop top ensemble.
Mara Hoffman top available at Esther, Ladue, 314.432.5300.
Vince leather pants available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.
Chanel sandals available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

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Sunday Brunch

A tailored pencil skirt takes this crop top out of the club and into the office‰ÛÓadd a jacket for a more formal environment.
BB Dakota Top available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080
Alice + Olivia skirt available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124
Sergio Rossi pumps available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

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Sporty Chic

A crop top as a top layer is a modest take on the trend. Keeping layers streamlined keeps your silhouette lean.
Joel top available at CLR-MNSTR, Downtown, 314.241.1930
Torn By Ronny Kobo dress available at saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200
Prada sandals available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

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Pencil Perfect

A tailored pencil skirt takes this crop top out of the club and into the office‰ÛÓadd a jacket for a more formal environment.
BB Dakota Top available at Cha, Ladue, 314.993.8080
Alice + Olivia skirt available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124
Sergio Rossi pumps available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

 

Photo credit: Carmen Troesser

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