CollegeFashionista for Colgate University
STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: “The Cream of the Cropped”
Last July, the New York Times regarded that, “There is one thing that Britney Spears, circa-1980s Madonna, Gwen Stefani, ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ the Spice Girls, ‘Clueless,’ and Matt Dillon in ‘Over the Edge’ have in common: a devotion to the crop top.” This season, baring your midriff is no longer considered irredeemably tacky, but a chic and charming spring staple. High fashion designers fromPrada, with bright bandeaus and sleek pencil skirts, to Pucci, with full-length peasant skirts and tiny t-shirts, are reviving the naval-grazing look of cropped tops. Both runway shows and commercial retailers alike prove that crop tops, bandeaus, bustiers and bralettes are no longer just for the high school cheerleader and ‘90s pop singer.
This Fashionista undoubtedly rocks a teal cropped T-shirt in the popular boxy and flowy cut. She balances the excess material of the top with super-skinny jeans and nude wedges. Even though her middle is exposed, there is a certain relaxed and easy charm about cropped tops that give off a “I-just-threw-this-on-last-minute” vibe while still maintaining a style statement. Now, if your workout regimen isn’t exactly as grueling as Rihanna’s, high-waisted bottoms are your new best friends.Shorts, bandage skirts, maxis and jeans with a higher waistline limits skin exposure and accentuates the smallest, most flattering area of your figure. This pairing renders a sophisticated yet alluring look, perfect for both day and night. So don’t be afraid to bare all this season! This ‘90s fashion symbol is back and here to stay.