I felt their stares burn through the back of my eyes. All my morning positivity felt questionable, knowing that people were silently judging me in this garment. Why is wearing a crop top controversial?
Back in 2015, O – The Oprah Magazine, was judged for advising a reader to only wear a crop top if her stomach is flat. The 90’s Britney Spears style has become more accommodating. Not so much skin is required on show today.
When putting on my bralette in Miami, I felt super confident. I thought that I had ‘earned’ my right to bare my waist and belly button – hours of exercise and strict dieting paying off.
Fashion is about dreaming and making other people dream – Donatella Versace
Though on the summer’s where I have slacked in regime, the thought of wearing a crop top has made my stomach growl on an emptiness of dread.
Even in high school with my minuscule 8 stone size, I didn’t feel flat enough or prepared. My friends wore them consecutively, and I felt a pang of envy at seeing a girl in college flaunting her abs.
Ensure you’re confident
Just like any item, there’s no point wearing a crop top if you don’t feel good – regardless of how beautiful it looks on the shops hanger.
My biggest mistake was at New Year’s 2014, when I showed my tummy with a black blazer draped over. I ended up buttoning the blazer because I was so conscious of how I appeared.
Avoid jeans or tight clothing
Again, this is a confidence issue. I find that jeans or trousers/skirts etc that are quite tight, make my stomach unflattering.
When I sit down also, I want to avoid that builders thing. It’s important that if I have crop top on, I feel comfortable both standing and sitting.
Before purchasing, decide if you want to match with leggings, high-waisted fabrics or low-cut.
I want my outfit to match my mood – Dakota Johnson
Find the right style for you
As crop tops have boomed in fashion over the past few years, there’s a variety now on the market.
It’s optional to show an inch of skin or a centimetre. My favourite is a high-waisted skirt and a bralette. The waist to me is sexy to flaunt.
Ignore the stares
Some believe that crop tops are inappropriate. Harper’s Bazaar published a guide on how to wear one as a grown up.
I fell in love with them when I saw the late Aaliyah. A fashion icon – she dressed a crop top classy and used them to display one of her best physical assets.
My stomach is not defined as it was in Miami. Regardless however, I felt good posing on this shoot. And despite the stares walking down to the tennis court, my f**k it attitude came into place.
If you feel good – you’ll look good. The secret to wearing a crop top is feeling content when in one.
I see myself as sexy. If you are comfortable with it, it can be very classy and appealing – Aaliyah
How do you feel about wearing a crop top? Do you think you can style them all year round, or just wear in summer?
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