Thanks to the likes of Rihanna, Rita Ora and every other pop star under the age of 30, crop tops have reared their ugly navels to become one of spring's must-have closet staples. Clearly, skin is in (like it was last year) but this season's infatuation with the midriff is all about paring your crop top with high-waited trousers or skirt for a retro 90s feel. But what to do if you're not as comfortable exposing your nether-regions to every Tom, Dick or Harry, whoever those guys are? I've collected some of the best, most conservative crop tops for those who want to embrace this style statement in the classiest way possible.
The Simple Tee
Zara's plain white, three-quarter length sleeved crop top ($39) rises at the front, keeping your sides (read: love handles) covered up.
The Curved Panel
This Sadie crop top by BCBGMAXAZRIA ($371.32) features curved side panels to shape the silhouette and an uneven hem split at the sides for a smooth fit.
The Draped Halter
Mango's cropped halter neck ($39.99) is draped at the front and crafted in a stretch fabric. What this means is you can adjust its length by pulling it down to hide more midriff or tucking it under come play time.
The Heritage Jacket
A crop top needn't be a, well, top. Anthropologie's Myra cropped jacket ($298) is the perfect blend of smart and stylish. It makes an ideal transition piece into spring and can be comfortably worn to the office.
The Tie-Up Blouse
And not forgetting the cropped shirt. Again, a self-adjusting kind of top (tie it as high or as low as you dare to go), this poplin mid-length blouse comes courtesy of American Apparel ($52).