August 2, 2014  |  11 Comments


One of the most frequently asked questions that I receive is about crop tops.  I stumbled across an article on giving real girls a guide on how to wear crop tops.  I found this article to be interesting, but as usual there was no curvy representation.  I have already written about this subject in my “Curvy Guide To Selecting A Crop Top For Your Body” article, but the idea of wearing a crop top is scary for women of all shapes and sizes (not just plus size women).  Baring midriff can be a bit much for some, but there are ways to rock this super popular trend without losing your dignity or feeling uncomfortable.  You just have to find one that will work with your comfort level and body type.  This week’s Facebook question is about how to make trends work for your body, so I decided to share some ways to make the crop top trend work for you.


PicMonkey Collage

1. Knot Up Your Top

I have a lot of experience with this one!  If you are just getting into crop tops and are still unsure about what type of top will work for you, the perfect way to ease into this style is to knot-up your top to your desired length.  You can do this with an oversized t-shirt or blouse.  Easy right!


high waist

2. High-Waist Or Go Home

I live by this tip!  A high-wast bottom will draw the attention to the narrowest part of your waist, prevent the “muffin-top” look, and will ensure that you are only showcasing a minimal amount of skin.



3.  Oversized Cut

Extremely fitted and “clingly” tops are not for everybody.  You  may feel way more confident and comfortable with a boxy-fit crop top if you are a newbie. Look for study knits or be a little more daring and experiment with leather or lace.



4. Cover Up

This is personally my favorite way to rock a crop top.  If you are nervous about showing some skin the best way to tone down your look is by adding a cardigan or light blazer.  It will play down the midriff area and make you feel a whole lot more comfortable (which is key with everything you put on your body).



5. High-low

Some women are worried about exposing skin in the back while wearing a crop top.  Try a high-low crop top to cover your backside and minimize the amount of flesh displayed in the front as well.





6. Avoid The Peep Show

Crop tops do not always have to reveal midriff.  Try a top in a longer length that falls at the  lowest point of your waist or wear a high-waist bottom that will conceal your midriff.  Also, you may want to try wearing a crop top over one of your dresses.  The options are endless.





7. Make It Match

Wear a solid or printed coordinating set to help divert some attention away from your midriff and give off the notion that you may be wearing a dress or one-piece look.  You don’t have to buy a matching set, just grab a skirt and a crop top that is the same color!


I hope you find these tips useful in your quest to wear one of the biggest trends this summer.  Share this post with anyone who is struggling with crop tops and leave your tips!


  • Sing

    I think as long as the woman’s belly button is not showing its a great look for anyone.

    • NaturallyFashionable


  • LaToya Sheppard

    Great tips! I’m not quite plus sized (size 12)but I’m a little nervous about wearing crop tops too. I will keep these tips in mind as I search for the perfect one.

  • Sarah Enuwa Audu

    Great tips, I agree with sing.

  • Tanya

    I really love the 3rd outfit.

  • Lisa a la Mode


  • StylePoise

    Great tips per usual! I have experimented here and there with the crop top trend. Still trying to find one that suits me. Will have to keep your tips in mind on my next shopping trip.

  • Missy May

    Great tips!! Thanks for sharing and you look great in all these pics.

  • Monique

    As always, the reading was very informative. Where did you get the black outfit and if you don’t mind what size is it?

  • Denise

    Great tips

  • Jaky Dorsette

    these are some awesome tips…doesn’t help that you jjust look damn good in everything either ….:)