Modest Crop Tops for Hot Moms
Who says you can’t be trendy past your 20’s? I am way closer to 40 than I am to 30 now and I am still a lover of all things (ok MOST things) trendy. I have always had a “thing” for fashion and shopping. As an adolescent, my Christmas list consisted of about 95% clothes, shoes, and accessories. Back to school shopping was always the highlight of the beginning of any school year. If you asked me whether I have a clothes, shoes or purse fetish, my answer would be, “Yes”.
But would you wear something just because it’s trendy? If you weren’t crazy about the way it looked on you, but you know everyone else is wearing it (whether it be clothing, makeup or hairstyles) would you don it regardless? For me that’s a resounding “NO”. While I enjoy keeping up with the latest fashion trends, I’m also not too proud to admit when something just doesn’t work for me… and with some of the very interesting fashion statements that are trending these days, that happens quite a bit!
However, the adventurous side of me likes to dabble in most modern fashion, even if it seems kinda crazy at first. Sometimes my initial “bleh” reaction is reconfirmed, and I sign it off as a “no go”. Sometimes it just needs a little bit of tweaking (maybe some layering, pairing with other accessories, etc.) for it to look great. Other times, I’m pleasantly surprised with the outcome!
Take the crop top for example…
A style that I almost immediately wrote off as tacky, unattractive and way too immodest. However, after doing a bit of browsing, reading some reviews during my nighttime e-window shopping, and experimenting with a couple different sizes, I found some options that I really like and don’t make me look like a thirty-something going through an early mid-life crisis (at least in my opinion ;))! They have full coverage (displaying of one’s navel should only be acceptable at the beach, pool or body building competitions). They are tastefully designed (no holes or fringed messes that make people question whether I was just mugged). They are pieces that I wouldn’t mind my daughter wearing out in public.
Now, before I share these, bear in mind that I am a petite 5’0”. So if you have a very long torso or are just generally a tall person, these may of course result in a different look for you. However, many of these look very tasteful even on the website models and have some breathing room in length on me. So sizing up might make it perfect for longer lengths.
This my number one favorite crop top that I own. It’s SO comfortable, can be paired with jeans or athletic joggers/leggings and hits me at the perfect spot at the waist to make it modest but still feel cropped. It comes in a few different colors and is a great transition piece into spring or fall.
I LOVE the knot detail on the front of this top. The sizing on this one was a little tricky. I ordered a couple different colors in the same size and some were longer than others. The ones that were too short I returned, but the ones that fit well are really cute! I usually wear these with a high wasted pant or shorts. They also look great layered under a cardigan!
I just picked this one up recently because it spoke Spring into my life when I walked past it hanging out of place on an end rack. It’s the perfect lightweight transition sweater and has a cute crop cut. You could easily wear this in early shorts season too during those late spring/early summer warm but not blistering hot days.
I cannot remember the last time I purposely shopped in Abercrombie and Fitch, but I grabbed this one when I went in looking for a gift (oops!). I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised with the style rebranding that seems to have taken place with A&F. It seems to cater to the average young person now (yes I still consider myself young) and not just the average SoCal teen living in year round 70 degree weather. The cut is borderline crop for me (as you can see), so there’s definitely some breathing room in length for those with taller statures. Again, this one is currently out of stock but I’ve linked very similar ones here and here
I have this one in 2 colors, so that should indicate my love for this crop pullover! I really like the athletic cut-off look (although sometimes when you take it out of the dryer, the bottom hem needs some convincing to avoid it rolling up. I’d actually recommend line drying). It’s very lightweight, so another great transition piece. I usually wear mine with a high waisted jogger.
Once again American Eagle comes through for me. If you’ve heard me talk about my favorite places to shop before, you’ve probably heard me mention AE. I mostly love them for their short pant size selection! This velvety crop pullover is a pretty recent purchase and is SO comfortable. It has a baggier fit, but just enough to make it feel cozy and not like a garbage bag. Linking similar one here and here because it just recently sold out! Also linking matching lounge pants here because they are super cozy and so cute!
This top I wore on a trip to Las Vegas with my hubby. The trip was business mixed with pleasure so I wanted to bring pieces that were a little bit of a statement but also appropriate for dinners with some of his clients. I received a LOT of compliments on this top. It can easily be dressed up with black pants/skirt and heels or dressed down with skinny or flare jeans and also comes in a few other colors. It’s definitely a true crop and hit me right around my belly button, so I personally wouldn’t wear this with anything except extra high waisted bottoms.