Zara‘s summer lookbooks have been filled with the top of the crops – a wonderful selection of white cropped tees worn with high waist skirts and pants (which makes sense: as waistlines on skirts and trousers get higher, the cropped top is the perfect match). I’ve written about cropped tops before, Blog Reader, but you’ll have to bear with me again whilst I make the case for cropped tops being for everyone, not just the gym-committed. For summer 2013 (go look at Balenciga to view my case in point) the upper end of your middle is the focus, not your stomach.
Tiffany Hsu, womenswear buyer at Selfridges, in an interview with The Guardian on summer trends, had this to say; ”It’s not your tummy, but where your ribs end. It’s a part of the body that doesn’t really get fat – I think that’s why designers are focusing on it.”
The Guardian’s point, which I agree with, was this: ”In other words, flashing this higher-midriff zone is a good way to create the suggestion of a toned stomach without revealing much at all.”
Et voila, Blog Reader. Don’t let your self-esteem or perception of your shape or size stop you from wearing a style you love. I present to you here my top picks for cropped tops this summer. Last image, left to right: Bri Arrin cropped tee and TopShop Mesh Cropped Vest. Image second to last: Left; Mango Bandeau Top and right; TopShop Leather Look Cropped Tee.
If you are feeling brave with your midriff, you can choose to go low slung. Here I’m wearing my cropped tee with a fabulous pair of tailored pants from Uniform Union, a brand known for their couture-like collections (over 40 hours of hand sewing goes into many of their designs) but here demonstrating they have simple, smart tailoring down perfectly too.
Are you going for the crop, BlogReader?
Photos of me: William Williams.