Friends, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I have never, ever in my life had abs. Instead, I have a close relationship with pasta and carbs.
So even when I’m in fantastic shape, there’s always that little
fat carb layer under my belly button.
I’m ok with it, because I’d rather have my pasta than the perfect bikini body. And we all have to do what works for us.
So when crop tops first came into style, I completely panicked. I really, really liked them! And I hate seeing fashion trends I can’t partake in.
I figured out how to wear a crop top when you don’t have abs. Because I’ve seen lots and lots of lovely ladies pull off this trend, without a perfectly flat stomach.
Here are my top tricks and secrets for how to wear a crop top when you don’t have a
perfectly flat stomach.
How to Wear a Crop Top When You Don’t Have Abs
Every single crop top I own is a size medium (I normally wear a small).
This isn’t the time and place to care about your sizing, going up a size means the crop top doesn’t squeeze my waist and tends to hang a little longer, so you don’t have to expose as much of your stomach.
Pick Your Asset
Everyone has a good portion of their stomach, do you know where yours is?
Mine is right above my belly button and below my ribs, so I choose high-waisted skirts and trousers that accentuate this area.
If yours is below your belly button, look for low-rise pants and skirts that hang right at or below your hips.
Most of us over 30 women or over 40 women will find the most flattering part of our tummies to be a tad higher. This is normal–hey, I’ve had two kiddos!
Crop it Close
There’s no hard and fast rule about how much skin you have to show, wearing a crop top is really the fun of hinting at skin and contrasting it with flowy bottoms.
With this black sequin crop (currently on sale!), my crop top barely skims the top of my skirt, making it a totally wearable look pretty much anyone can pull off.
Something else to keep in mind is that most crop tops nowadays aren’t even cropped, they just aren’t long tunics we are accustomed to.
These tops hit right around the waist of your high-waisted pants/denim/skirts, changing the proportion of your look.
Get the Right Size Skirt
Selecting the right size crop top is just as important as the right size skirt when it comes to styling a crop top when you don’t have a flat stomach.
While I’ll squeeze myself into a size 25 jean so I don’t have to deal with a gaping back, I won’t squeeze myself into a skirt if it’s intended for a crop top.
I’ll either size up or shop for something that hangs loose and naturally at the waist, so we aren’t squishing any body parts.
This trick works especially well with maxi skirts since they’re typically soft, flowy and have plenty of stretch.
RELATED: How to Wear a Maxi Skirt
Try on a Few
Not all crop tops are created equal. I’ve tried on some that are basically large bras and some that are practically normal T-shirts.
Try on a few, or spend some time reading the reviews online, so you can get a good idea on how the crop top truly fits, and if it’s going to be a look you want to try.
Regardless of whether or not I actually had washboard abs, I wouldn’t buy a crop top that showed six inches of skin.
If you’re a 20-something, by all means go for it! But now that I’m in my 40s, showing that much skin rarely seems appropriate.
You can totally have fun with the crop top trend and show off some sexy skin, without giving away all the goods.
I hope this post helps you feel more confident and that it’s helped you learn how to wear a crop top if you don’t have abs or a perfectly flat stomach!
It’s all about the right styling tips and tricks, and a dose of confidence, too.
The Best Basic Crop Tops That Aren’t Super Cropped
Here are some of my favorite cropped T-shirts and tanks that won’t show a ton of skin but are right on trend:
This cropped halter tank is a bestseller for a reason! It’s a thick, high-quality fabric and makes a really great basic.
I own this one in several colors and do recommend sizing up if you are bigger busted or don’t want a super snug fit.
This boxy crop T-shirt is a great basic and isn’t overly cropped. It runs true to size and comes in three colorways.
Plus, it’s a steal at under $20!
Are you into the crop top trend? Let me know what you think of it in the comments below!