Crop tops are not anything new, this midriff-bearing t-shirt has been around since Madonna was the pop princess of the 80s. However, these belly-bearing shirts have been building their momentum over the past few seasons, and the Spring 2012 runways made it apparent that the crop top is not just for aerobics anymore.
Designers like Preen, Charlotte Ronson, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and many others all showed some version of the crop top in their Spring and Summer 2012 collections.
Crop tops first appeared on the fashion scene in the mid 80s thanks to Madonna and her Lucky Star video. Although the video was extremely controversial at the time, the confidence that comes with rocking a crop-top had millions of girls and women all over the world clamoring to emulate the pop princess.
These tops also quickly translated to the 80s aerobic craze. Women everywhere were cutting their t-shirts in half and pairing them with lycra leggings and high top sneakers. We can also thank the movie Flashdance for bringing more popularity to this once controversial top.
The crop top also made it’s way to the 90s with the help of pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. In fact, the only thing these two feuding pop stars of the 90s had in common was their love for midriff bearing tops.
Other famous stars like The Spice Girls, Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore could be seen showing their toned tummies off in the 90s.
Crop tops have definitely evolved since the 80s and 90s though. This season crop tops come in an array of colors, fabrics and are definitely a little boxier than they were in the 80s and 90s. Also, instead of being worn with the lowest-rising bottoms available like they were in the 90s, they are now paired with high-waisted skirts, shorts, pants to contrast the top. Like the ones seen at Dolce and Gabbana and Prada.
Marisa Meltzer said in a NY Times article, “…this isn’t the shrunken top, championed by pop stars of the late ‘90s and requiring taut abdominals; today’s crop tops are longer and boxier than in the past.”
Crop tops will come and go, but the boxier cut crop tops of 2012 will be a dominate spring and summer trend. So dare to bare your midriff this season, all the cool kids will be doing it.