Cap: Camberwell market $2.5
Shoes: Kmart $5
It started slow, first sightings were only at a few locations, but the spread moved quickly. First it seemed that it was only appearing on a few, but then all of a sudden, they seemed to appear everywhere at every turn.. Now I’m not one to dismiss trends, but when it came to the crop top, I wasn’t going to have a bar of it. A crop shirt, really? Crop shirts drew to mind images of Britney during her pop stardom rise to fame, and Christina Aguilera in dreds as she sang Genie in a bottle. Crop shirts didn’t speak to me as a desirable addition to my wardrobe, unless I wanted to relive the 90s in all it’s mid-drift bearing glory.
However, thanks to the likes of Gary Peppergirl and the Chrislle Factor, I found myself warming to the idea. Styled with an high waisted pant or a skirt, the crop shirt appeared exceptionally classy and tasteful. There was a sophistication and lovely feminism that came with a tailored crop. It seemed to create a differing silhouette that flattered the waist in the way that similar to Dior’s New Look of the 1940s. The final convincing came from my friend Lisa. Who described the ideal wearing of the crop shirt as such: “pair it with high waisted bottoms and have a little sliver of skin showing.” Thanks to Lisa’s tasteful description. I was sold on the idea.
Finding the right crop shirt proved to be another challenge! As you’ve read, the crop shirt was made by my amazing mother out of this incredible fabric we bought from spotlight. ($5/m!) It was actually modelled on a top of a similar design that I bought from sports girl which was tailored nicely to sit comfortably and not flair out at the bottom. So I felt pretty secure at the top, and I realised the high waisted bottoms held everything in the stomach area together.
Now the verdict, am I a fan of the humble crop shirt?
I have to say, paired with a high split skirt and a cap, shot on an abandoned carpark with the incredible Vanessa King with the fading sunligh behind us? Yes indeed I am.