Curvily Spring Trend Report: Crop Tops

There’s no denying it: Crop tops are one of the biggest trends for Spring/Summer 2014.  They were everywhere on the runways; even reluctant fashion writers have embraced them; and celebrity style stars are rocking them for every situation, including the red carpet.  Never mind  what outmoded fashion “rules” say, this is a look that can work for everybody.

Fortunately, more plus size retailers are paying attention to the trends these days, and there are tons of fun plus size crop tops available right now. I’ve scoured the internet to find the best ones for you in every style.  Bralette style crops are perfect for a hot summer day with a flowy skirt, or for a night out with a high waisted pencil skirt.  Cheap basic crop tops can go from layering pieces to casual weekend looks with ease – the blue heathered crewneck by CustomPlus would look particularly great with some high waisted cutoffs.  I love that there are also indie plus size designers offering structured, architectural crop tops, like Rue 107’s sharp shoulder or Jibri’s dramatic sleeves. And of course, adding print or texture to a crop top can make a fun statement, whether paired with high waisted harem pants or a matching printed skirt.  Which style is your favorite?

Check out the links below to shop the tops, and lets chat about the trend in the comments.  Have you tried a crop top yet?  Do you have one but can’t figure out how to style it?   Is a “gateway” cropped style (like the Rue 114 Asymmetrical Grunge Tank, $90, sizes S-3x) more your speed?  Let me know!

Bralette Style Plus Size Crop Tops from Eloquii, Candystrike, and Forever 21
Bralette Style Plus Size Crop Tops from Eloquii, Candystrike, and Forever 21

Eloquii Leopard Bralette, $48, sizes 14-24

CandyStrike Wanda Crop Top, $42, sizes S-4x

Forever 21+ Floral Print Crop Top, $9, sizes XL-3x

Inexpensive Plus Size Crop Tops from Forever 21, Image, and CustomPlus
Inexpensive Plus Size Crop Tops from Forever 21, Image, and CustomPlus

Forever 21+ Classic Crop Top, $7, sizes XL-3x

Image “Eternal Lace” Crop Top, $11, sizes 1x-3x

CustomPlus Heathered Blue Crewneck Crop Top, $24, sizes S-4x

Indie Plus Size Designer Crop Tops from Rue 107, Jibri and Zelie for She
Indie Plus Size Designer Crop Tops from Rue 107, Jibri and Zelie for She

Rue 107 Briana Crop Top, $60, sizes XS-XXL

Jibri Yellow Rae Crop Top, $140, sizes 10-28

Zelie for She Sweetheart White Bralette $45, sizes 1x-3x

Plus Size Crop Tops in Pattern and Texture from Modcloth, Simply Be, and Forever 21
Plus Size Crop Tops in Pattern and Texture from Modcloth, Simply Be, and Forever 21

Modcloth Gumball or Nothing Tank, $16, sizes S-4x

Simply Be Black & White Crop Top $59, sizes 8-22

Forever 21+ Subtle Glam Crop Top $14, sizes XL-3x


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