It Is A Must-Have: The Striped Crop Top

A separate staple of Spring/Summer 2014 is the crop top, which might seem a bit of a dire prospect for those of us who are not abdominally blessed. There are many versatile ways, however, to style crop tops, which might sway you into giving this potentially scary trend a go.

This season, polka dots and stripes are going to be huge, so jump on the bandwagon early and nab yourself a striped crop top to ensure you’re at the front of the fashion pack. It’s true that stripes are notoriously blamed for adding inches to even the slimmest figure, but actually, it all depends on the type of stripes you’re going to be rocking.

Horizontal stripes especially have been painted as the curvy girl’s worst enemy, but new research has shown that hrizontal stripes can actually make you look slimmer. Stick to darker colours and wider stripes if you’re curvy or busty and want to minimise, and slimmer stripes with a white background if you feel you’re in need of a boost.

If you’re a bit in fear of showing off too much, a striped crop top will look fab paired with a pair of short denim dungarees, which are also (handily!) bang on trend for spring/summer 2014. Braver girls can team their striped crop tops with skirts and shorts. Make like Beyonce in a slinky pencil skirt or opt for the more romantic option of a tulle skirt in a light, summery shade. Pleated skirts are also set to be big this coming season, so teaming your striped crop top with a flirty pleated skirt will put you ahead in the trend stakes.

For matching seperates, just remember the old fashion rule: dark colours will slim or draw attention away from parts of your body and light colours will do the opposite and highlight any areas you want to show off. If you’re really brave, try mixing your striped crop top with some prints.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun, be brave and experiment!

The featured photo is of Millie Mackintosh Wearing A Striped Crop Top And Shoes From River Island, Paired Up With A Black Shorts From Topshop, The Bag Is From Aspinal And The Sunglasses From The Row

Ashley Torres is wearing a striped crop top from Target, denim skirt from Lovers + Friends, clutch and sunglasses from Sole Society and the nude shoes are from Zara

Ashley Torres is wearing a striped crop top from Target, denim skirt from Lovers + Friends, clutch and sunglasses from Sole Society and the nude shoes are from Zara

Wendy Nguyen is wearing a blue and white striped crop top from Townsen, denim shorts from AG Adriano Goldschmied and a blue bag from Celine

Wendy Nguyen is wearing a blue and white striped crop top from Townsen, denim shorts from AG Adriano Goldschmied and a blue bag from Celine

Wendy Nguyen Is Wearing A Striped Crop Top From Maje, Skirt From Alexander Wang, Shoes From Jimmy Choo, And The Bag Is From Celine

Wendy Nguyen Is Wearing A Striped Crop Top From Maje, Skirt From Alexander Wang, Shoes From Jimmy Choo, And The Bag Is From Celine

Song Of Style Is Wearing A Striped Crop Top From Reformation, Bermuda Shorts From Theonne, Shoes From Zara And The Bag Is From Chanel

Song Of Style Is Wearing A Striped Crop Top From Reformation, Bermuda Shorts From Theonne, Shoes From Zara And The Bag Is From Chanel

Christina Caradona is Wearing A Crop Top With Stripes From Burkhart, The Distressed Shorts Are From Citizens Of Humanity And The Hat Is From Supertrash

Christina Caradona is Wearing A Crop Top With Stripes From Burkhart, The Distressed Shorts Are From Citizens Of Humanity And The Hat Is From Supertrash

Itziar Martínez Wearing A Red And Black Striped Crop Top Paired With Black Denim Jeans And White Sneakers Via Elle Spain

Itziar Martínez Wearing A Red And Black Striped Crop Top Paired With Black Denim Jeans And White Sneakers Via Elle Spain

Walk In Wonderland Is Wearing A Striped Crop Top From Zara, A Black Pencil Skirt From H&M, Vintage bag From Chanel And Shoes By Marcelle

Walk In Wonderland Is Wearing A Striped Crop Top From Zara, A Black Pencil Skirt From H&M, Vintage bag From Chanel And Shoes By Marcelle

A House In The Hills Is Wearing A Black Eyelet Skirt From Tibi, Black And White Striped Crop Top From Bailey 44, And The Bag Is From Clare Vivier

A House In The Hills Is Wearing A Black Eyelet Skirt From Tibi, Black And White Striped Crop Top From Bailey 44, And The Bag Is From Clare Vivier

Viva Luxury Wearing Skirt From Alice + Olivia, Striped Crop Top, And Shoes From ASOS

Viva Luxury Wearing Skirt From Alice + Olivia, Striped Crop Top, And Shoes From ASOS

Striped Cropped Top Photography By Gary Pepper

Striped Cropped Top Photography By Gary Pepper

Wendy Nguyen Is Wearing A Striped Crop Top From Maje, Skirt From Alexander Wang, Shoes From Jimmy Choo, And The Bag Is From Celine

Wendy Nguyen Is Wearing A Striped Crop Top From Maje, Skirt From Alexander Wang, Shoes From Jimmy Choo, And The Bag Is From Celine

Millie Mackintosh Is Wearing A Hat From Eugenia Kim, Shorts From Miss Selfridge Shorts, Striped Crop Top From Glamorous And Boots From Isabel Marant

Millie Mackintosh Is Wearing A Hat From Eugenia Kim, Shorts From Miss Selfridge Shorts, Striped Crop Top From Glamorous And Boots From Isabel Marant