What A Load Of Crop

 

What a load of crop – girls, get your crop tops out ready for summer

It seems ironic to be talking about crop tops just when the heavens have opened, but with summer, festivals and sun kissed bods just around the corner it’s time to get to grips with everything crop.

My stunning best mate of two decades, Sarah, kindly agreed to model her growing collection of crops (I think it’s safe to say she has the biggest collection in Liverpool) and, after looking closely at all the fabrics, colours, cut-outs and sleeves (or lack of them) I realised you can pretty much get a crop for any occasion. So, that’s what this blog is about – finding the right crop top for the right event.

Now, very quickly before I get started Sarah gave a lovely account about how crop tops are not just for size 8 girls. Although in the pictures she is showing off her very toned stomach, Sarah usually pairs her crops with high waist jeans, shorts and even pencil skirts – depending on the occasion. So, as it is only the very upper part of your stomach that is showing and this part is commonly the flattest – it doesn’t matter it you have curves or have never had a washboard stomach – there will be a perfect crop top out there for you!

Summer crop tops

Topshop bright orange crop top in a cotton blend for a smooth and comfortable fit.Available in a range of colours and retailing for less than £10 this crop will quickly become your casual go-to piece for off-duty luxe!
Topshop bright orange crop top in a cotton blend for a smooth and comfortable fit.
Available in a range of colours and retailing for less than £10 this crop will quickly become your casual go-to piece for off-duty luxe!

Festival fun and glam nights out

This is Sarah's favourite crop top. By Topshop, it features an Aztec print deep round neckline and loose fit for an eye-catching festival finish. Sarah has worn it to gigs, festivals and casual catch ups with friends!
This is Sarah’s favourite crop top. By Topshop, it features an Aztec print deep round neckline and loose fit for an eye-catching festival finish.
Sarah has worn it to gigs, festivals and casual catch ups with friends!
A glittery piece from Urban Outfitters, this crop top has a sports luxe style and I love the sparkly finish that catches the light for a gorgeous statement look.This crop looks great with skinny black jeans and little shorts.
A glittery piece from Urban Outfitters, this crop top has a sports luxe style and I love the sparkly finish that catches the light for a gorgeous statement look.
This crop looks great with skinny black jeans and little shorts.
From the back, this crop top features a large cut-out so you can style your hair to the sides or in an up-do and show off your sun kissed back this summer!
From the back, this crop top features a large cut-out so you can style your hair to the sides or in an up-do and show off your sun kissed back this summer!
Short, sparkly and sexy, this  gorgeous crop top by Urban Outfitters will make a stunning final touch to your after dark outfit. The all-over sequin detail will catch the light for an eye-catching effect. Wear with a leather jacket, denim shorts and wellies for that retro festival look.
Short, sparkly and sexy, this gorgeous crop top by Urban Outfitters will make a stunning final touch to your after dark outfit. The all-over sequin detail will catch the light for an eye-catching effect. Wear with a leather jacket, denim shorts and wellies for that retro festival look.
The bandeau style of this top is on trend this season.
The bandeau style of this top is on trend this season.
In a loose fit, this crop top by Miss Selfridge is longer than the classic. A button-through placket to the front gives this top versatile styling options; wear it open with a vest top underneath for a cute jacket or button fully - perhaps leaving the top one undone for an alluring style statement.
In a loose fit, this crop top by Miss Selfridge is longer than the classic. A button-through placket to the front gives this top versatile styling options; wear it open with a vest top underneath for a cute jacket or button fully – perhaps leaving the top one undone for an alluring style statement.
This cute bandeau style crop top by Republic has an all-over bird print to channel this season's love of prints.Perfect for festivals or gigs, this style of top will look perfect with denim shorts, a patterned pair of tights, pistol boots and a leather jacket over the top.
This cute bandeau style crop top by Republic has an all-over bird print to channel this season’s love of prints.
Perfect for festivals or gigs, this style of top will look perfect with denim shorts, a patterned pair of tights, pistol boots and a leather jacket over the top.
Channel your inner rock chick in this edgy crop top by Topshop. With an exposed zip fastening to the front, this top will give your look lashings of attitude when worn with wet look leggings, pistol boots with stud details and a leather jacket!
Channel your inner rock chick in this edgy crop top by Topshop.
With an exposed zip fastening to the front, this top will give your look lashings of attitude when worn with wet look leggings, pistol boots with stud details and a leather jacket.

Functions and glamorous occasions

Lace is hot right now and this gorgeous lace sleeve crop top by Topshop combines the trend with a simple jersey fabric for a delicate and feminine statement look.This type of crop top looks perfect with a high waist skirt and heels for an effortlessly elegant style at a dinner or party.
Lace is hot right now and this gorgeous lace sleeve crop top by Topshop combines the trend with a simple jersey fabric for a delicate and feminine statement look.
This type of crop top looks perfect with a high waist skirt and heels for an effortlessly elegant style at a dinner or party.

So there you have it – a load of crop tops for you to check out and pick the style that works best for you; bandeau, long-sleeved, loose fit – they’re all over the high street right now so I suggest getting your hands on them fast and creating a croptastic summer wardrobe!

I’ll be posting more crop top images via my Twitter account (as had problems uploading them here), so be sure to keep your eyes out and follow me at @ljaneallen Crops include a gorgeous flower-print ruffle detail summer top, a seductive evening cut-out crop and long sleeves – definitely worth the wait I promise you!

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