When the cropped top trend surfaced (technically re-surfaced, since it was a 90s trend), I had the same initial disgust, even anger. Why would any adult woman want to show several inches of her midriff? It inevitably looks cheap and sloppy. But as the seasons have changed, so has my stance on this important issue. You see, a cropped blouse is the perfect answer to fall's high-waisted pants, which can look awkward with fabric tucked into them. Or, what if a boxy cropped sweater is layered over a prim button down? It's the perfect contradiction and compliment. Also, a cropped pullover looks great over a fitted dress. Basically, the key to wearing this trend tastefully is to ensure that your stomach is covered.
Inspiration from the fall runways:
|Proenza Schouler Fall 2010|
|Chanel Fall 2010 Couture|
Here is is with high waisted pants and a skirt:
|Surface to Air shirt|
|Opening Ceremony shirt|
My favorite is this slouchy cropped Alexander Wang sweater, worn with a leather corset belt.