crop tops

The crop tops. This tiny piece has become a major staple item over the last few years but is now a new trend all over the world.

In my last post, I talked about the 40 best Ankara wrap top styles for ladies. But today, we are going to take a deep walk into the crop tops.

What’s more surprising is that some guys look terrible in crop tops. Lol, that sounds funny, right? Read this post to the end, and see it all.

In this article, you will know more truth about the crop top movement that has been in existence since the 1970s. 

What Is A Crop Top/Shirt?

A crop top (also half shirt, midriff top, or cutoff shirt) is a top that exposes the waist, navel, or abdomen.

In other words, it is a casual sleeveless or short-sleeved garment or undergarment for the upper body, cut short so that it reveals the stomach.

Teen girls wear crop tops because they like the way they look and it’s comfortable for them to wear.

They may have other reasons too (like they are trying to attract certain boys), but the main reasons are that they like the way it looks and they feel that it’s comfortable to wear.

The Crop Tops History


Since the 1940s, the crop top, and all of its various forms, has had successful comebacks time and time again. 

The early history of the crop top intersects with cultural views towards the midriff, starting with the performance of “Little Egypt” at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Although the crop top started gaining prominence in the fashion industry during the 1930sand 1940s — the latter in particular due to fabric rationing in World War II.

It was largely confined to swimwear at the time.

crop tops history

It was not until the sexual revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s that it started to achieve widespread acceptance, worn by celebrities such as Barbara Eden and Jane Birkin.

A variant style, the tied-up top or knotted shirt, also started appearing in 1940s fashion and spread in popularity during the 1960s.

In the 1980s, cutoff crop tops became more common as part of the aerobics craze and as a result of the popularity of the movie Flashdance.

crop dress

Singer Madonna wore a mesh crop top in her music video for the song “Lucky Star”. In the 2010s, the crop top experienced a revival due to the popularity of the 1990s retro fashion.


The cropped shirt was created by men for men and was part of men’s fashion for years before women began wearing them.

It has been worn by men since the 1970s. Men are not subject to the same legal restrictions as women when it comes to bearing their navels.

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It started in the early 1970s with weight lifters cutting off the bottom of their shirts to get around gym dress codes that banned shirtless men.

cropped jerseys became available which carried over to several 1980s broadcasts. Men also started to wear crop tops regardless of sport.

Men short top

Acceptance for men wearing no shirt could be seen to eliminate the need for a crop top. Various crop tops have been worn by rappers as well as American football athletes.

However, in 2015, the NCAA increased restrictions on men wearing crop tops, which also include rolling up longer jerseys, giving no reason for the change.

What Do Crop Tops Look Good With?

A tight crop top will look best with a looser pair of pants or a skirt, although it can be paired with a tighter bottom if you’re planning a night out.

More relaxed, loose t-shirts or tank styles pair nicely with high-waisted jeans or shorts for more casual or edgy looks.

Crop tops are completely innocent. The cloth is made to make you feel good about yourself. You can wear them to feel comfortable.

The Crop Tops Summary

That’s all we have to say about the crop top trend. This is a very easy dress, especially for ladies in today’s world.

If a crop top is worn with high-waisted pants or a skirt so that no skin is showing, it should be fine for most events.

If you start showing skin, it isn’t appropriate for work, a black tie, or any fancy party. For casual events, a couple of inches of skin is fine.

You can let us know what you feel about the crop top in the comment section. And don’t forget to thump this post up.

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