There’s much more to crop tops than a bare midriff. The abbreviated tops have become the ideal match for skirt sets, the ideal silhouettes for balancing out the proportions of a puffed-sleeved blouse, and of course, a great counterpart to a high-waisted pant. Whether you’re aiming to show a little skin this summer (or not!), opting for a more elevated version of the top brings your look from ’90s club kid to effortlessly cool. This summer, we’re looking to styles that go beyond the basic cropped tank or t-shirt. Think chic details like well-placed ruffles and dainty straps, interesting textures like gathered poplin or rib knits, and airy silhouettes like a one-shoulder puff-sleeve or bubbled top.
If you’re on the fence, avoid a skin-tight top and you’ll feel more like you’re in a blouse. Or go high-waisted with your pant or skirt to keep zero skin on display. For those looking to do just the opposite, there’s a handful of body-hugging corsets and slinky tanks, like Brock’s sweetheart top, that will deliver some oomph. Houses like Loewe and Marni are also offering cropped silhouettes, giving their own fashion-forward spin on the summer-ready top.
No matter how you plan to style them, here are 24 elevated crop tops that are sure to bring your look to new heights.