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The Best Crop Tops

Last updated on July 3, 2023

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Our Picks For The Top Crop Tops

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Key Takeaway
 Top Pick

Boao Women’s Racerback Crop-Tops, 4 Pack

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Women's Racerback Crop-Tops, 4 Pack

You'll get plenty of value out of this pack of tops. The fit on each is form-fitting without being constrictive, so you won't have to constantly adjust the bottom. Washing them is a breeze in any standard laundry machine.

Overall Take

Just Snug EnoughThese shirts fit well and go with any kind of top.

 Runner Up

SweatyRocks Women’s Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Crop-Top


Women's Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Crop-Top

The rayon material is blended with just enough spandex, so it fits a variety of body types. The cut and solid color make it work equally well alone or layered. Thanks to the sheer fabric, it can be worn under sweaters without fear of overheating.

Overall Take

Plenty of StretchLayer up with this subtly sexy top.

 Best Halter Top

CLOZOZ Sleeveless V-Neck Halter Crop-Top


Sleeveless V-Neck Halter Crop-Top

This rayon and spandex crop-top stays dry for comfort. It is stylish and easy to dress up or down. The top is highly versatile and looks great with different outfits.

Overall Take

Stays DryThis crop top is available in 17 colors and is made from rayon and spandex.

 Most Colors

HATOPANTS Women’s Cotton Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Crop-Top


Women's Cotton Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Crop-Top

This shirt is easy to pair with a favorite blouse or jacket. The cotton fabric is extra cozy and when it's time to wash it can go through easily. The neckline is especially flattering with jewelry.

Overall Take

Available in 43 colorsSlip into comfort thanks to the quality cotton weave.

Buying Guide

You’ve heard the old saying, “less is more?” That rule holds true more often than not when it comes to fashion, and never more so than with a fun and flirty crop top.

So what exactly is a crop top? Strictly speaking, it’s any shirt that exposes some or all of your midriff, which leaves a lot of room for interpretation. We could be talking about the form-fitting lycra tops that you wear at the gym or the loose cotton t-shirts you wear to the beach. They can have long sleeves or spaghetti straps, fringed bottoms or bunched-up tie fronts. (In fact, pretty much any blouse can be a crop top if you tie it up at the bottom.)

Which kind of shirt you pick will have a lot to do with how you plan on wearing it, though crop tops are by their nature a casual choice. (Yes, there are some jobs where you can get away with showing a little belly button. But should you?) The most versatile kind of crop tops will be solid-colored with a neckline that works equally well under a blazer or on its own. The less of your belly you expose, the more occasions it will be suitable for, but (as with all matters of style) it’s all about what you can pull off.

If you’re looking for a workout top, you’ll want something with more spandex in the weave and moisture-wicking properties. The best thing about the rise in athleisure wear is that you can often wear crop tops straight from your daily errands to the gym. If you’re buying a looser, more everyday top, consider both what’s on top and underneath. Tighter crop tops might be so sheer that going without a bra is not an option, even if they offer ample support. For beachwear, a little (or a lot) of see-through isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

If you’re wearing your top without additional coverage, the rule of opposites applies. Unless you’re going for a slinky nightclub ensemble, tighter crop tops look best with flowing dresses or loose-fitting jeans. Conversely, loose tops are complemented by shorts, tight jeans or yoga pants. Again, solid colors will work best with a range of pants or skirts. If you’re going for patterns, it’s best to make sure they match — otherwise that gap in the middle will only highlight how much your tops and bottoms clash.

Finally, remember that crop tops can work with any body type; it’s all about accentuating what you have. If you’re petite, go for something loose with a hemline that tapers up. Busty girls can try pairing fitted, high-neckline tops with a slimming skirt. If you’ve got some bulge, choose crop tops that bare the slimmest part of the tummy just above the belly button. And whatever the weather, remember that layering cardigans or overshirts can give you a little extra coverage on the sides.

What to Look For

Got an old t-shirt or blouse that’s gathering moths in your closet? You can always give it new life by turning it into a crop top. For the most easy method, there’s really no sewing skill required. Simply wear it in front of a mirror and mark off where you’d like it cropped, then cut carefully along the bottom edge. Go slowly with fabric scissors to avoid any fraying, unless you’re going for a distressed style. If you want a more fitted look, cut the front into triangular sections that you can tie up. And remember that you don’t have to stop with the crop: Cut out the collar of a tee shirt to show a little more neckline or snip off the arms to make it sleeveless.

More to Explore

Crop tops have been a part of American style for decades now, but it took a long time for stateside fashionistas to adopt the trend. The midriff-baring choli had been a part of Indian couture for hundreds of years before women in America dared to show a little belly in the first crop tops of the 1940’s. The garment may have been inspired at least partially by wartime fabric rationing, but crop tops and high-waisted shorts became the de facto summer ensemble by the 1950’s.

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