Believe it or not, cropped tops were first worn by men in the 1970s. Football players wore protective gear resembling crop tops, and cropped jerseys became a mainstay during the 1980s. The look became so popular, in fact, that non-athletes started wearing them outside of sports.
Also during the '80s, women embraced cutoff crop tops as part of the colorful aerobics craze following the movie Flashdance. Madonna also wore a crop top in her video for "Lucky Star," but the look didn't really take off for women until the '90s, when aerobics gear went out of fashion and the crop top could shine.
The mid-1990s saw crop tops appearing as short babydoll shirts and long-sleeved turtleneck tops. The look was so mainstream that schools began banning clothing items that exposed the midriff, which only made the crop top more popular. The look died down for a while but has re-emerged thanks to the revival of 1990s nostalgia fashion.
Designer Cropped Tops Today
In the modern fashion world, you'll find crop tops being offered by virtually every designer imaginable. BCBGMAXAZRIA, Topshop, Dream State, Free People, Nanette Lepore, and Naven are just a sampling of designers you'll discover on thredUP. Best of all, their designer blouses are previously loved, many in like-new condition, allowing you to save up to 90% off retail prices. Why buy from the department store when you can get several tops for the price of one?
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Although exposing your midriff at school or work is generally frowned upon, there are plenty of ways you can take a crop top from day to night, playing with both casual and dressy looks. Pair a cropped tank top with high-waisted shorts and flip flops for the perfect summer outfit. When it's time to go out, slip into some skinny jeans or form-hugging cropped pants with strappy sandals and a bolero jacket. Put on a few accessories, and you're good to go!
Many cropped tops are flowy and more elegant than casual tanks, so try a short sleeve silk blouse or a '90s-era crop top with a high neckline for a more sophisticated look. If you're worried about feeling too exposed, opt for a high-waisted bottom like classic cigarette pants.
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