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Saturday, October 30, 2010


In one of your scavenging moments in your mom’s old school photo albums, you’ve probably came across a picture of her wearing a cropped top like this:

Why mom? Why?!?!??!

And do you recall telling yourself that it’s actually one of the greatest fashion faux pas you’ve ever seen?

The coolest women are sporting their moms' top!

Well, better have your fashion and style books updated because the cropped tops are back!

Way back in the 80’s, people might be collecting scissors at home, and are snipping away whatever they see as part of their past time. Be it paper, their dog’s hair, and even their clothes. And the cropped top could’ve been an accident. And who would’ve thought that this weird and too liberated piece of clothing actually defined women’s style in the 80’s until the early 90’s.

The cropped tops are originally used as sweat tops for dancers in the 80’s (see “Flashdance”, “A Chorus Line”, and “Fame”). It’s lightweight, covers the body well, but still reveals a bit of it. If you’ve talked to a dancer or if you’re one yourself, sexy and provocative clothing influences the way a dancer moves and grooves. Loose and tight clothing lets a dancer see his/her curves, which helps them sway their bodies back and forth in the most gracious and luscious way they could imagine.

Cropped tops are staple clothing for cheerleaders. Revealing a bit of skin is good for ventilation purposes, and is judge- friendly too *winks*.

Do you still recall how you'd exchange your life just to be a Spice Girl for a day?

If you’re a 90’s kid like me, then you’ve probably experienced the first wave of Pop Culture. Boy and girl bands left and right, Teen sensation flicks and books are becoming a part of your daily life, and clothing is an ode to your favourite girl band/pop icon. Girl bands like spice girls and tv shows like Beverly Hills 902010 have opened the probability of the cropped top as a cool piece of clothing.

"Excuse me, you're being called to the principal's office for violating the dress code" (A SEGMENT SHOT FROM BEVERLY HILLS 90210)

And like all other fashion styles, the cropped top has fallen into obscurity. But history does repeats itself because the cropped tops have resurrected from the dead! I’ve come across a couple of fashion online boutiques in multiply and cropped tops are the hottest clothing pieces to date. Zara, Topshop, Cache Cache, People are People, and Pink Manila are some boutiques that carry ready- made cropped tops. But if you’re on a budget, you can create your own cropped top—and even as many as you want! Get a shirt or tank top that you’re willing to cut. Get and mark your desired shortness, then snip away! Personalize it by adding pins, pearls, beads, and other clothing add- ons. You can even turn this into a business! Making cropped tops are so easy, that you don’t even need basic sewing skills to create one! Well, you should be at least knowledgeable in handling and using scissors. :p

How about cropped tops for men? YAY or NAY?

Photo Credits:

Spice Girls-

Zombie crop top-

Beverly Hills 90210-


Patridge, Barton, Lohan collage-

Mom and Dad 80's pic-

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