The crop top trend might not be new, but it’s definitely hot for summer 2022 — street styles all over the world are popping up with bare midriffs. However, not all crop tops are equally revealing and not everyone is comfortable baring skin. Whether you’re 25, 45, or 65, figuring out how to wear a crop top can be a challenge, especially if you prefer to leave a little to the imagination. Nonetheless, there are plenty of tricks to keep a crop top more modest if that’s important to you. Here’s how to wear a crop top without feeling overexposed. Worn right, a crop top can convey youthful confidence and a sense of summer fun at any age.
Meet The Crop Top With A High Waist
The higher the waist, the less skin you’ll show. The biggest trick to wearing a crop top with some modesty is going for a high waist on bottom. In some cases, you can even get the crop top and the waistline to meet, creating a minimally bare midriff.
Layer With Accessories And Jackets
While layering can be tricky in hot climates, it’s a big secret to keeping crop tops less revealing. A jacket or sweater works nicely, but even a scarf can add enough visual interest to take the attention off the crop top as the main focal point.
Offset With High-Waisted Jeans
Mom jeans are still in style and make a nice compliment to a crop top. The high waist helps to minimize the amount of skin exposed, which can make wearing a crop top less intimidating.
Add A Belt As A Focal Point
A belt not only keeps high-waisted pants high, it also provides a focal point that draws attention away from the bare midriff. The right belt can also be a statement piece that ties the entire outfit together.
Pair With A High-Waisted Skirt
High-waisted pants get a lot of attention when it comes to crop tops, but a high-waisted skirt can achieve the same effect — while also providing extra air flow on warm summer days. Keeping the rest of the look conservative is a great way to mix in a crop top if you’re experimenting with the idea and tall boots and a jacket help to make this happen.
Layer With A Vest
Another creative way to add a touch of conservatism to a crop top is to layer it under a vest. While a cropped turtleneck is used in the look above, more minimalist crop and bra tops can also go well under a vest, adding a sexy flair to an otherwise modest look.
Choose Oversized Pieces
A major way to offset a crop top is to choose oversized pieces to go with it, like the shirt and skirt combination above. While the shirt is cropped, it’s otherwise conservative and the long skirt also keeps the look more modest. Oversized blazers have a similar effect and are on-trend for pairing with crop tops in 2022.