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Crop tops that have been in and out of fashion since 1980s have made a ma­jor come­back this sum­mer. Af­ter all, it’s time to look trendy.

Though crop tops have been in and out of fashion since 1980s (or maybe even ear­lier), they’re en­joy­ing a ma­jor come­back again this sum­mer. This week we’ll show you 10 ways to style them.

Match it seam­lessly with the bot­tom half:

Pretty much as an in­sep­a­ra­ble set — like they were made to be worn to­gether and noth­ing but that. Use it to make a more strong state­ment at a high-pro­file event. It’ll draw attention to the whole­ness of the en­tire out­fit with the crop top adding a bit of the edgy vibe.

Shorts with an ex­tra crop top:

If you’ve been work­ing on your mid­sec­tion lately and are just itch­ing to show it off, this duo is for you. A sta­ple for hol­i­days (think mu­sic fes­ti­vals, con­certs or beaches) there’s noth­ing more at­trac­tive than a pair of fit­ted shorts and a well-cropped top. If you are one of those who like to show off, but a bit more sub­tly, go for high­waisted shorts.

Un­der a dun­ga­ree:

If you thought dun­ga­rees are just meant for cow­girls you might want to check out how celebri­ties like Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio are sport­ing them. There’s just some­thing re­ally ca­sual yet chic about this com­bi­na­tion (and oh, let’s not for­get com­fort­able). So to spice it up just a lit­tle, while not tak­ing away the el­e­ment of com­fort, put on a fancy crop top in­stead of the bor­ing T-shirts be­low a denim dun­ga­ree. It’s per­fect to transit from a snugly cof­fee at home to an af­ter­noon of shop­ping with the girls.

Loose crop top over a body­con dress:

It’s all about play­ing with sil­hou­ettes for this one. If skin-hug­ging at­tires were a lit­tle out­side your com­fort level and crop tops were a strict no-no, bring­ing these two to­gether will con­ceal any bulges and make you fall in love with your curves all over again.

Make it for­mal with a blazer:

An el­e­gantly styled crop top when worn with a pair of for­mal pants, a neat blazer and stilet­tos will en­sure you ace that meeting with just your mere pres­ence. It’s bold, stylish and speaks highly of your taste.

Layer un­der sheer:

Don’t want to wear a bor­ing spaghetti or tank top un­der the fancy sheer top you got? Try a fit­ted crop in­stead. You could have the crop top end just above your mid riff for some added oomph.

With a long coat:

If there’s a crop top you love but are still bat­tling skep­ti­cism to flaunt it solo, wear it un­der a flow-y coat and throw on your favourite pair of jeans. Whether light­weight or a lit­tle heavy duty (de­pend­ing on the sea­son of course), a nice long coat will give you am­ple cov­er­age and you can al­ways leave it open or closed ac­cord­ing to how com­fort­able you are feel­ing at any given mo­ment.

Tight crop top over a looser shirt:

Per­fect for the bustier ones. Go for a tra­di­tional white shirt if you want to keep it more sober or swap it for a brighter flo­ral if you’re feel­ing bub­blier, and pull down a black hal­ter-neck crop top over it. The black will give a slim­ming ef­fect against the con­trast­ing colours be­neath.

Hem line pulled up:

This is a par­tic­u­lar style of crop top that works well for those seek­ing a lit­tle height. Cou­ple this with high-waisted straight pants and heels to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of longer legs and un­in­ter­rupted sil­hou­ette from torso to ground.

Wide trousers:

Palaz­zos, harems and flared pants; there’s some­thing re­ally flirty about this look. An off shoul­der crop top is a per­fect choice to cre­ate this look ef­fort­lessly.

An­tara Bose is a model turned fashion and beauty con­sul­tant. A pop­u­lar blog­ger, an­chor, and voice over artist, she main­tains a deep con­nec­tion with the lo­cal fashion in­dus­try and is pas­sion­ate about dis­cov­er­ing and cel­e­brat­ing as­pir­ing tal­ent as well...

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