Grin and Bare it: Crop Tops for 2010

 2009 had us flirting with the idea of crop tops, done modestly with plenty of layering and no real exposed midriffs on display. 2010 gives us reason to put our gym memberships to good use, as crop tops are definitely on the fashion forecast for summer and beyond. Although I consider myself to be a reasonable in-shape person, the notion of belly-baring in any degree leaves me in a cold sweat. Minis? Marvelous. Backless? Bring it on. Plunging necklines? Been there, done that.  Cropped tops? FML. The thing about the midriff is the nature of the beast. It’s inconsistant, changing throughout the day with every Diet Coke, pretzel and bagel consumed. Being 5’3 and short-waisted as it is, you’d have to come at me with scissors for the lower half of my top. If you’re lovin this nod to the 90’s, bring your willpower, or you’ll be giving a whole new meaning to the term “Muffin Top”.

The Look:

Alexander Wang, Pre-fall 2010: Cropped Sweater


Martin Margiela: Cropped Sweatshirt


Pencey: Bow Tee

The Look For Less:

Forever 21: Crop Top w Lace, $10.80


Forever 21: Floral Crop Top, $12.80



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