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Crop tops fade in and out of mainstream fashion, and they’re having a big moment as we speak. While they are associated with teens, tweens, and young tummies, crop tops are also a staple for grown, sophisticated ladies.

That’s right, a crop top with a pair of smart trousers and a blazer is fair game for workplaces and pro brunches. Let’s explore the best crop top outfits from the 1980s today. 

Tiffany Amber Thiessen’s tropical crop and high-waisted jeans 

Quite possibly one of the most iconic crop top moments from the 1980s! Tiffany Amber Thiessen paired that little floral number with high-waisted jeans, big, plastic earrings, and swishy hair lifted at the roots. Tiffany was a crop-top queen back in the day, with other classic pairings such as a black bandeau and jeans, and a white, lacy bra with suspenders…and jeans. 

Johnny Depp’s sports crop and track pants  

Now for an unexpected reference…Johnny Depp in a cropped sports tee and very low-riding track pants. Note that landline phone with the curly cord? Those were the days. This shot is from ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ if you want to see it in action! 

Cher’s draped crop, leather jacket, and black denim jeans 

Cher is a fashion icon, through and through, even when she’s being seemingly casual. A slinky, cowl-style crop with metallic thread, a chunky leather jacket with embellishments, and black denim jeans. It’s biker-chick-meets-disco and we want to recreate it asap. 

Slouchy trousers, chunky trainers, and an over-shoulder bag 

Take a crop top in plain black, with a square neckline and thick straps. Pair it with ultra-baggy trousers in a neutral-tone tartan. Add chunky sneakers and an over-shoulder bag with a metallic chain strap. Dress it up by adding a matching suit jacket and a pair of pointy-toe heels. 

Velvet pencil skirt, high neckline, and strappy heels 

A crop can be just as at-home at a special event as it is at a house party. Pair with a fitted velvet skirt and a pair of metallic strappy heels. Pick a crop with a high-neck and extra coverage at the chest, like a sleeveless turtleneck sweater. Carry a satiny clutch and slick the hair up. 

Layered over a fuller-coverage ensemble 

Who said crop tops mean showing skin? During cooler months (or when you’re not into showing your tum), layer a statement crop over a blouse, tee, or even a long-sleeved turtleneck. Pair with high-waisted, cropped trousers and statement flats or mules. 

High-waisted denim, a fluffy cardigan, and heels 

Crops needn’t be extreme, no, they can show the faintest sliver of skin and still be firmly in the crop camp. Pair a fitted, knit, long-line crop with high-waisted, flared jeans (70s-style!) for a little peep of the tummy. Add a cropped knit sweater and elevate the look with sweet, strappy heels. 

All-over bright, with a pop of contrast 

A crop is a perfect layering piece to lighten-up a pantsuit. Even better, match your crop to your suit…and your shoes. Find a rich, jewel-toned pantsuit and wear the jacket open to show off your simple crop. Add a pop of color with a contrast-hue handbag. 


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Mermaid-inspired satin midi with statement flats  

Another satin midi…but make it mermaid. Find a shimmering, shining satin midi skirt in a sea-green or blue shade, and pair with a simple cropped tee in plain white. Add a pair of pointy-toe flats in holographic metallic, and head out into the sun. 

A Lacy Bra with an Oversized Suit Jacket and Denim Cut-Offs 

Want to up the ante with your crop? Go for a straight-up lace bra or bralette. Wear with an open blazer in neutral tweed, and a pair of ripped denim shorts. Add layered necklaces, dark sunglasses, and 

Baggy cargo pants and Adidas 

Get your 90s and 00’s on with low-rise, baggy cargo pants, sneakers, and a fitted crop. This is the Sporty Spice way of life, and the perfect way to make the most of contoured abs (or soft tummies!) during Summer and warmer Spring days. 

Breton stripes with palazzo pants and a statement handbag 

Get inspired by Parisian street style with a boxy, long-sleeved crop in blue and navy Breton stripes. Pair with flowing palazzo pants, a statement belt, sunglasses, and an oversized handbag to stash all your shopping. Oh how chic, darling! 

About The Author

May can usually be found reading a magazine and that will be more than likely a fashion or environmental magazine. When not absorbed in the latest gripping articles on fashion or eco living, May is a fashion writer who is passionate about two things fashion (especially 80s) and the environment. May believes in looking and feeling good whilst living an eco friendly lifestyle. In her spare time she loves cooking, playing her guitar and going for country walks. May lives in the UK and enjoys spending time with friends, family and her two adorable cats.

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