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The Best Crop Tops | 2023

Last updated on December 30, 2022

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Our Picks For The Top Crop Tops

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Our Take
  Top Pick

Boao Women’s Racerback Crop-Tops, 4 Pack

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Boao

Women's Racerback Crop-Tops, 4 Pack

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

SweatyRocks

Women's Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Crop-Top

Overall Take

Plenty of StretchLayer up with this subtly sexy top.

  We Also Like

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

HATOPANTS

Women's Cotton Short Sleeve Scoop Neck Crop-Top

Overall Take

Easy to WashSlip into comfort thanks to the quality cotton weave.

  Strong Contender

JINKESI Women’s Twist Front Short Sleeve Round Neck Crop-Top

JINKESI

Women's Twist Front Short Sleeve Round Neck Crop-Top

Overall Take

Flatters the WaistThis "twisted" tee lets you hang loose but stay snug.

Guide written by Tod Caviness
Last updated on December 30, 2022

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 jackets or overshirts can give you a little extra coverage on the sides.

The Best Crop Tops

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  Top Pick

Boao 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.

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Boao
Model
2
  Runner Up

SweatyRocks 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.

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Specifications

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SweatyRocks
Model
3
  We Also Like

HATOPANTS 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.

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Specifications

Brand
HATOPANTS
Model
4
  Strong Contender

JINKESI Women’s Twist Front Short Sleeve Round Neck Crop-Top

The creative cut on this crop top lets it hang loose in the middle but tight where you need it. It's a great beach top or casual shirt for when you want to complement a cute necklace. The feel is soft and it works especially well with shorts.

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Specifications

Brand
JINKESI
Model
5
  Also Great

Amilia Women’s Spaghetti Double Layer Crop-Top, 3 Pack

Comfort is a big plus for these cute polyester tops. The straps give plenty of exposure up top, but there's ample coverage and a nice fit around the bust. Add a bra underneath and these could be your next go-to shirts.

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Brand
Amilia
Model

Our Crop Top 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 jackets or overshirts can give you a little extra coverage on the sides.

DWYM Fun Fact

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.

The Crop Top Tips and Advice

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.


About The Author

Tod Caviness 

Tod Caviness has been a features journalist and writer in Central Florida for the past 20 years. His stories covered everything from indie fashion to nightlife, but they have only slightly improved his taste in clothes or the quality of his homemade Manhattans. Luckily, he still looks good in black.