One of the best parts of the recent surge in the positive body image movement is women embracing trends regardless of whether they are flattering or not. For years, women have been taught to characterize their body according to different shapes, fruits, etc. and then wear clothes that work accordingly. However, fashion shouldn't be about limitation, it should be about feeling confident and beautiful wearing whatever you want to wear, not what others think you should wear to look good. I really credit fashion bloggers Tanesha Awasthi (Girl with Curves) and Gabi Fresh who really inspire me to step outside of my comfort zone and just have fun with fashion. One prime example of a trend that was previously considered off-limits for anyone above a size 2 is the crop top, since it's not "flattering" to show a real, less-than-flat stomach. However, if we holding fashion to its 2014 definition, as clothes designed to make the wearer feel good, if I feel beautiful wearing a crop top, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. As well, crop tops can be flattering (and even office appropriate!), especially with a high-waisted skirt or pants.
Even better? Crop tops are less material, so they can be cheaper! "Crop tops for all!" says this thrifty chick.
Here I'm wearing a crop top that I got years ago from Cotton On (a great store, basically an Australian version of H&M) for $5 with a simple black maxi skirt from Target last season. I pulled the skirt up so it's at my waist so I only showed just a sliver of flesh and felt very summery and fresh. This picture is from a recent trip to Cabo, Mexico, where the outfit felt very appropriate for 80 degrees seaside weather, but I wore this same exact outfit (with a light sweater) to work too! Doesn't hurt to rock the beachy waves (organically made myself from real sea water!)
Here are a few of my favorite, budget-friendly crop tops:
Another Forever 21
crop top in a fun print, this time for plus sizes
crop top with sweetheart neckline- I just can't get enough of the off-the-shoulder look
Or you can be like me and scour thrift stores until you find the perfect high-neck, low-back, fitted crop top in white. This great one from Victoria Secret brand, Moda International? $4. Full post with this top styled two different ways to follow.
Hope you find a way to incorporate this great, fun, and cheap trend into your wardrobe! And for more posts and details, check out www.thechickgoescheap.com (including a link to my online store!)