It's that time of year when our outfits are getting a bit airer and a bit more skin-showy, and pants aren't the only articles of clothing receiving the short treatment. Everywhere we look, tops are getting trimmed and chopped in all sorts of ways — from the sexy, bustier cuts to the boxy, slouchy silhouettes. Yes, 'tis the season for the crop top. And, while you've been appreciating Taylor Swift's employment of this trend from afar, it can be a bit tricky to DIY. Like, what exactly do you do with the navel area? Is there a secret formula to revealing just
the right amount of belly? Can a crop top work for the office?
Fear not, dear readers. We hear your woes and have solutions for those tummy-baring fears. Ahead, we've rounded up the six types of crop tops you need to know about (there's something for everyone) and got the scoop from three of R29's favorite stylists — Jessie Tate
, Haley Loewenthal
, and our very own Styling Director, Emily Holland — on the best ways to rock them for your body. Read on, take notes, and get cropping. Let's start from the top.
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