The Skinny on Crop Tops Seen on the Catwalk


From sporty to chic, crop tops ruled the spring and summer 2014 runways. The shirt style translated to a multitude of aesthetics, making the belly-baring design a fit for almost any occasion.

Embracing their athletic side, DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger were among the New York Fashion Week designers to bring the crop top into sportswear. Both brands focused on neoprene, sweatshirt fabric, and mesh materials for their abdomen-flaunting weekend looks.

Designing on the other side of the style spectrum, Tracy Reese and Zimmermann debuted crop tops for the feminine fashionista. Both paired the trendy piece with high-waisted fit-and-flare midiskirts and ladylike accessories for a more formal excursion.

Taking advantage of the edgy potential of a tummy top, Alexander Wang’s and Thakoon’s collections featured extra-daring designs. Showing some skin, their crop-top-clad models exemplified how the trend could be worn out on the town on warm evening adventures.

Crop tops are ideal for dinner and drinks after work too. Tibi’s and Nicole Miller’s chic and sophisticated ensembles toned down the trend by pairing the shirt with more classic, luxe-looking pieces.