The cropped top has made a major comeback and I have to tell you that this has me busting out loud tunes I grew up with. Dear 90s kids, think of the fiery performer that was Lebo Mathosa from Boom Shaka fiercely gyrating in one of their legendary music videos wearing the tiniest of bottoms and a tummy bearing top known then by my 9 year old self as a “leave-my-stomach” –DO NOT JUDGE ME.
International runways have led the way for Spring Summer 2012, designers seen providing an assortment of styling methods to share one’s (please read very carefully and consider Pilates classes) toned belly bit. Emilio Pucci’s baroque two-piece number in delicate black lace should be perfect for a more topical take and if worn with a fluidly tailored matte boyfriend style blazer it could tick all forward thinking mode boxes. At Preen we saw a navel revealing sculptural design matched with a low waistband. This, layered with a tangerine camisole calls for a very on-trend work wardrobe. ACNE’s grungy style tank paid proper homage to the Nineties worn on the runway with massively wide legged pants. For the favoured tailored elements, look to Roland Mouret’s line of sliced-to-show-a-bit-of- fleshes designs. This particular crop top’s versatility allows for it to can be worn in formal forms.