Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: American Apparel Crop Top


I know crop tops are marketed towards young 20-somethings and teens, not mothers who are about to turn 30, but I love the look of crop tops. Somehow the crop top has gotten a makeover, transforming from slightly trashy to chic and fashionable. Just check out how fantastic and polished these celebrities look rocking the crop top:


So I set out to find a crop top for myself. I originally hit up all the cheap stores - H&M, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal, and for some reason I could not find one! I'm positively baffled by this because aren't super trendy tops what stores like these are made for? Anyway, I decided to check out American Apparel, a wise choice because prominently displayed at the front of their store was their selection of crop tops, varying from solid colors to stripes. I wanted just a simple white crop top because I figured it'd be the easiest to pair with many skirts and pants in my closet.

Let me start off by first saying I would never wear the above outfit IN A MILLION YEARS. So this picture is strictly for review purposes only, not an outfit suggestion. I'd definitely pair this white crop top with a high-waisted skirt like the Spearmint Stripe Skirt or a pair of high-waisted trousers (I still have a bit of a baby pooch so I'd like to keep that covered!) The key to keeping it classy I think is keeping the belly-button covered, which is what all the celebrities above did. And they look fantastic! Reveals just enough to show off their toned midsections.

I tried on a size small above. I wish it were more opaque, but I guess I'd just have to wear this with a nude colored bra. It's cotton and made in the USA, which is always a plus. The downside - it's $24! (And this was at the outlet). I know Forever 21 sold a version of this for only $7.80 (which is probably why it sold out so quickly and I wasn't able to grab one). So under $10 is all I'd want to spend on a top like this. I mean, it's far too trendy and it's HALF A SHIRT to be spending more than that. I took this all as a sign that I'm just not meant to wear this trend. But if you're young, toned, and love fashion, then I think this would be a great option for you.

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