If there’s one surprising style star of the year, it’s the exposed midriff. Be it via low-riding pants, precarious yet clever cut-outs or just super, super cropped tops, the mid-section of one’s torso has been out with a fashionable vengeance. The latter – the super, super crop top – has been perhaps the most touted style of them all, with a spate of stars getting their midriffs out.
Dua Lipa has double-downed on the crop love in the last 24-hours, first celebrating her single “Break My Heart” going to Number 1 on US Top 40 radio with a flouncy cropped red shirt (in fact a still from the film clip), and then a crochet crop top in New York. Walking the streets of Manhattan hand-in-hand with boyfriend Anwar Hadid (we think), Lipa wandered the streets of Manhattan wearing a cappuccino-coloured knitted crop with lace-up back and high-waisted denim flares, adding a kick of sixties swing to the style.
While Ariana Grande also used Instagram to share her crop (top) skills, posting a mirror selfie in a sheer lace crop with puff-sleeve and signature pony (of course).
While it seems crop top connoisseur, Bella Hadid, had another run-in with the dryer; wearing a polo-collared cardigan-cum-corset while running errands. Moulded like a bra and finishing just under the breast bone, she paired the cream coloured, er, top, with a pair of very low-riding khaki pants, leaving her entire abdominal area exposed.
A tricky trend at the best of times, should you be feeling a little apprehensive of its shrunken size and tummy-flaunting energy, the easiest way to style a crop top is with high-waisted anything. A jean is a sure thing, while a tailored pant with cinched waist is the ultimate in clever proportion play.
And if you’re feeling brave, and indeed nostalgic, go low and long and show ’em what your mama gave ya.