When it comes to fashion outfits, regardless of our age, we often find ourselves wondering; “is this age appropriate for me?” Whether we are trying to appear more mature, professional, or are making the transition into “real” adulthood, the question can be a bit daunting. My opinion on this matter is: whatever the outfit, ask yourself first: “Does this outfit make me look slimmer and thinner?” “Is this fashion outfit appropriate for my body shape?” Lastly, if you must, “how can I work with this piece to make it more age appropriate?”
Now, let’s talk about the specifics. In a time when crop tops seem to be dominating the fashion scene, many are wondering if they are appropriate for their age and lifestyle. Again, in my opinion, the right question to ponder here is, how to wear crop tops to make them more age appropriate, particularly for grown ups.
While for many crop tops bring about images of toned and slim stomachs, bellies out for the show, and open mid exposure; the reality is that crop tops can be worn in various ways. Crops tops can tease and compliment, can have minimal exposure, and slim your figure just in the right manner.
With some guidance and experimentation, I promise that your fears of looking like your daughter or niece will disappear, leaving you excited for this new outfit potential.
Exposure: Finding your Comfort Zone
Unless desired, crops tops can be worn in a way that does not expose your stomach. You can wear crop tops with high-rise skirts and trousers in a way that completely cover and only rarely (depending on your movements) reveal a bit of skin. If you’d like to tease a bit and maintain your elegance and modesty, you can opt out of crop tops and complimentary skirts and trousers that will show off only your higher midriff or your abs – essentially a thin stripe of skin. For those women out there brave enough and with the desire to expose their bellies, age should not and cannot limit your possibilities.
Get Fully Covered while Slimming your Figure
Crop tops are not all about the snug fit, crop tops that are slightly bigger, looser or wider can appear to be more sophisticated, particularly when paired with the right item. A loose top can compliment and slim your tummy, while also giving you a slightly flirtatious look, even when worn with high-waisted culottes that fully cover your stomach. High-waisted skirts and trousers are key when seeking full-coverage. High waisted A-line skirts are great for all body shapes. Full skirts, pencil skirts, retro-style shorts, culottes and other high-waisted items (depending on your body shape) are recommended to be matched with snug or loose crop tops, as they will balance your shape, exert sophistication and elegance, while remaining fun and flirty. If you feel a bit more daring, you can pair your crop top with mid-rise trousers and skirts, and use a jacket or cardigan to hide your midriff.
Stay Sophisticated with a Sliver of Skin
For women who like the idea of some exposed skin, but don’t want to put too much attention on their midriff, here are a few tips. For that slight skin exposure select loose crop tops with high-waisted skirts. Now, the secret to drawing attention away from the cut, it by utilising prints, patterns and colours. A printed skirt will direct the eyes downwards, removing attention from your stomach area. Pairing culottes with crop tops will not only give you some sass, but will also balance out your figure, create the illusion of an hourglass shape, and slim your figure down. We also recommend experimenting with crop tops of varying lengths – those that are lengthier in one section and shorter in the other to cover up your insecurities while also teasing with some skin exposure.
Maximum Exposure with Minimum Skin
Grown ups tend to distance themselves from maximum skin exposure, and often rightly so. This doesn’t mean that women of a certain age should completely cover up or shouldn’t expose their stomachs. There are ways to maximise your exposure with a crop top, while minimising skin appearance. One way is by layering. Whether you wish to add a layer of a light material, possibly see-through fabric, on top of your crop top fashion outfit, or wish to throw on your favourite cardigan, sweater or jacket –and strategically button where most flattering or reveal as much or as little– crop tops with maximum exposure are a possibility. Crop tops, mid-rise/low-rise and button-downs are essentially all you need for your perfect grown up fashion outfit crop top solution.
Have your fears of crop tops disappeared? Start experimenting and remember, confidence is oftentimes better than any fashion hack or advise. Embrace your crop tops, wear them with poise, and love your body shape.