Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cropped! A Short Story

Ever since Audrey Hepburn wore one in "Funny Face", I've tried to pull off the cropped top. With no success. Many moons have passed. There is no way to do it today. Or is there? Perhaps we need to re-examine this whole cropped thing.

The crop top has appeared after seasons of tunics and flow-y. This makes sense as Fashion must induce us to buy something new or else why buy anything at all? Did I mention Fashion was a business? I seriously doubt anyone over 16 has the right to publicly bare her midriff off the beach. No matter your age, if you are hesitating over this trend, don't do it.

On the other hand, there are smart ways to wear cropped:

> Layer a crop top over a cami, tank, or shirt.

> You can pop on a cropped jacket. Just be sure it's a fuller cut so it does not say "bolero".

Yes, you can crop with cropped

> Dust off your "Chanel". The classic and classy Chanel -style jacket is short and boxy. Two out of three ain't bad. It can play cropped when layered over something longer.

> You can choose instead the crop top's saner sister— a dropped shoulder/wider body piece that hits at or slightly below the waist. Think of it as "square cut".

You've not outsmarted Fashion, exactly, but you've showed her who's boss.


  1. Gotta tell ya' .... you'll be seeing me in them. (Assuming anyone's looking, of course!) No flesh showing, but they work a treat with my short waist. Many of them drop just at or below my natural waist, and that little shadow beneath can be radically slimming! Camis underneath can do great things, I'm finding. So happy!

  2. LLBean has a wonderful tshirt called The Saturday Shirt, which ends, in their words, at high hip. Unfortunately, it no longer comes in black. The other colors are sort of humdrum.