The beauty of the crop top as a trend in 2012 is that you don’t need to be a waif, or indeed a fitness freak, to carry it off. Stick to the retro-inspired marriage of the 1950s fashion revival and fashion’s infatuation with the midriff, and shapely femininity is just as desirable an outcome. Accentuate bust and hips, with a peep of upper midriff in between.
Read the full crop top trend report at that link for more detail. And once you’re ready to give it a shot for yourself, check out our five picks of retro-inspired crop tops after the break.
If you do wish to accentuate a toned upper-midriff or even a full stomach in a very sporty fashion, stay tuned – we’ll give you our picks for sportswear-inspired crop tops soon.
Below: Jacquard print bra-top, $45 at ASOS.com.
Below: Norma Kamali lace and tulle bustier bikini top, $285 at Net-a-porter.com.
Below: Broderie Anglaise Bralet, $48 at Topshop.
Below: Floral printed smocked bandeau, $26.70 at Free People.
Below: Gingham crop top with cutout, $45 at ASOS.com.