Cropping off the Muffin Top

Hey there people of the world,

A little while back I posted a trend that seemed to be floating everywhere. Cropped tops and bralettes. You see them everywhere, from Cleo magazines to MTVs to Instagram, Facebook and even on the streets.

Definition of a crop top (noun) : A crop top (also cropped topbelly shirthalf shirtmidriff shirtmidriff toptummy topshort shirt, and cutoff shirt) is a T-shirt or blouse with the lower part cut off, showing off some of the abdomen. The belly shirt (or half shirt) is a kind of shirt that is cut off from the bottom of the chest. 

Now you must be thinking, “Nah I must be a waif to be able to wear a cropped top.” “I’m too top heavy”, “I have a muffin top and my gut sticks out like a sore thumb” For those who don’t know what a muffin top is, it means the flab that spills out over the waistband when a woman wears a tight pair of jeans, skirt or pants, just like the top of a muffin. I feel you people, I really do. I have put on almost 8 pounds since I started new medication and now I’m working hard to keep the weight off and it might take me awhile before the shape of my outrageous belly floats back  in instead of bulging out ridiculously like someone’s Sunday dinner is in there. So today, I am going to explore some myths and share some options on how one can rock cropped tops, by simply trying out some of my personal tips (This is not in anyway professionally proven, just my own thoughts).

So yeah we keep blaming Miss Cyrus for this explosion of cropped tops/bralettes frenzy she seemed to be throwing in our faces with her sexy videos and everyday wear.  But let’s not blame the poor girl, many people and celebrities have been dorning on this new trend as well.

Miley in her videos.

Miley in her videos.

Trendsetting by celebrities and regular people on the streets

Trendsetting by celebrities and regular people on the streets

So, how do one pull of this look without having to starve themselves, puke out their lunch and nibble on only carrots to fit into these clothes? Here are some methods.

Choose the Right Pants

You have no idea how much difference this will make. Really. Using me as an example. I’m wearing the exact same outfit as Miley Cyrus (I’m on the right, duh). Check out the dismaying results.

Eaxct the same outfit, the difference is what can I do?

Similar outfit, very different outcome

Actually the pants I’m wearing is really one of my favourite pair from Osmose, and I got this pair for a reasonable price of SGD$40, which will be far cry from the one Alexander Wang ones Miley is wearing.

This is because like many other women, I have a tummy pooch, and I am pear shaped, meaning my hips are heavy. I’m a size 36″ hip and that always seem to be a problem with pants that are too tight. So, I need to find pants that can help me carry off this top. What pants though?

The High Waisted Flare Pants

I know, I know, you must be thinking. Hmph, this is what I will look like wearing high waisted pants.

High-waisted-pants-594x410WRONG!!!!!

Let me show you why. Let’s say I want to wear this bralette and I’m looking for the right pants to fit. Go up to 2nd floor at Bugis Junction, and find the one and only shop that sells nothing but bralettes that cost SGD$18 to SGD$25 for a piece. I will find out the shop and provide the details of the shop when I revisit the shop. They have the best bralettes ever.

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

I tried on some options and this is how I look. It seemed to work pretty well and I’m quite satisfied with the results.

Managed to achieve somewhat the desired result as shown in the top 2 reference pictures.  Wear High Waisted Flare pants that starts right below you belly button or even over the belly button. Throw in a belt the accentuate the waistline, and wear a fitted jacket because your bottom is wide and you don't really want to look like a potato sack.

Managed to achieve somewhat the desired result as shown in the top 2 reference pictures.
Wear High Waisted Flare pants that starts right below you belly button or even over the belly button. Throw in a belt the accentuate the waistline, and wear a fitted jacket because your bottom is wide and you don’t really want to look like a potato sack.

My favourite investment would be the black high waisted pants from Depression, located at the 3rd floor of Cineleisure. I got them at their annual Christmas Sale, which I highly recommend everyone to grab their loot every year. Amazing prices for the best designs ever, with the friendliest staff and one of the best designer I know, Kenny Lim. I bought the beige flare high waisted pants from Wrthwldthngsr  Webstore for only SGD $25, but unfortunately the site has closed down.

So it IS possible to wear that top. But a few things to note. Know your own torso length. I have a short torso of 15 inches, so a pair of pants with the length 38-39 inches suits me. If you have a longer torso, you might need to find something shorter.

Loose fitting High Waisted jeans/pants

Gone were the days where loose jeans are considered “mom jeans”. Many people are now rocking the baggy high waisted jeans. Throw out that outdated myth in your head and be open to changing up your wardrobe a little.

Pair a cropped top with a pair of high waisted baggy jeans and look casual yet sexy at the same time. If you want a more glam look, pair your outfit with a fancy leather jacket, booties or high heels and you are ready to werk it.

Pair a cropped top with a pair of high waisted baggy jeans and look casual yet sexy at the same time. If you want a more glam look, pair your outfit with a fancy leather jacket, booties or high heels and you are ready to werk it.

 If you think only skinny people can carry off this look, throw that idea out as well. With the right fit pants, regular people are able to pull the cropped look off as well.

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The Harem Pants

Harem pants are awesome. Not only do they hide your hips, they are comfortable as hell. And we are not talking MC hammer pants, those are waaayy too big. Let’s be reasonable and go with the slighter flare. You don’t really want to look like you have stuffed water balloons at each side of your hips either.

That's me on the right.

That’s me on the right.

Try finding good and affordable harem pants or loose fitting jeans/pants from Forever 21 where you can get a pair for about SGD $30.

Invest in Spanx

Spanx will save your life. This will work well especially if you wear high waisted pants or skirts. I wear it if I have to wear a bodycon dress or really slim hugging skirts/shorts/pants and I feel that I haven’t got in enough workout that week. With spanx, all the muffin tops in the world will be sucked in for real. Uncomfortable? Maybe, but beauty hurt bitches. And please, invest in a good pair and not some cheap cotton ones that give you nothing but probably heat rash. A reasonably good one from Triump costs about SGD $80 plus. And this is the money you should spend.

Check out that fake flat tummy!

Check out that fake flat tummy!

If you are wearing pants or skirts, get the underwear kind that starts right from your belly button.

With these....

With these….

You can now wear

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THESE

Find Different Ways to Wear Your Crop Top

The length of a crop top varies. For example, a crop top can be anywhere from 15 inches approx. length from high point shoulder to hem while a bralette can be as short as 13 inches approx length. Knowing your body type, you can choose to wear different types and designs that work for you. There are even crop tops that just about covers your belly button (around 17 inches long approx) and they still look great.

Frickin million ways to wear cropped tops. Pants/long skirts/short skirts/ baggy tops/tight tops. The list goes on

Frickin million ways to wear cropped tops. Pants/long skirts/short skirts/ baggy tops/tight tops. The list goes on

I took the liberty to try some options myself… for those who really feel uncomfortable, you can wear a tank top underneath your cropped sweater, the choice is yours.

A cropped sweater over a long maxi dress or skirt looks really good for summer or even fall as well.

A cropped sweater over a long maxi dress or skirt looks really good for summer or even fall as well.

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So… that’s all the tips I have for now. I hope they are useful or at least the pictures are pretty to look at anyway. Pardon for the poor lighting on the selfies, I really need to buy a proper light :p

If you have other suggestions of your own as well, please feel free to share/comment and help us poor women who are constantly fussing about how to work a trend. If you have 2 secs to spare, you can fill in the poll below as well so I can get feedback on how to improve my posts. Much thanks ❤

Till then,

Toodles

Winnie

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About Fashion Le Pazzion

Professional fashion and commercial stylist. For full range of services, portfolio and credentials, please visit www.winnieloo.com. I write mainly about fashion, fitness, trends, and lifestyle. Contact me at Loowin84@gmail.com
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