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How to Rock the Crop | 5 ways to wear a plus size crop top Confidently!

June 26, 2015
How to Wear a Plus Size Crop Top

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It’s hard for me to believe that just last year I bought my very first crop top. Especially when I look at my wardrobe now, and what I wear on the regular, crop tops reign supreme!

But that doesn’t mean that I instantly felt at ease while rocking a short top with a round belly!

Since it’s now Summer all over the Northern Hemisphere and people are melting away in the heat, we all need fashionable ways to keep cool!

It brings me immense joy seeing more and more plus sized bodies throwing caution to the wind and taking fashion risks we have been told over and over never to take. But I know so many still wanting to wade in to the fun, but are nervous or feel too self conscious and need a comfortable, safe way to try out such a daring garment.

Here is my plus girls guide on how to introduce crop tops into your wardrobe and move them into your comfort zone! Because Crop tops are for every BODY!

How to Wear a Plus Size Crop Top

1. the non-committal crop or faux crop:

How To Wear A Plus Size Crop Top Confidently | margot meanie

The first time I unveiled a crop on my body was actually here on the blog. I hadn’t had the guts to wear one outside yet, hell I didn’t even own one yet. But I took my very old Metallica muscle shirt and folded the bottom half up and under.

I wore this while singing and dancing around my house to Whitney Houston and I was feeling pretty good with myself. Then I took some photos and blasted them up on my blog. I was nervous, but I also I adored how it looked! I got a positive response and I immediately felt a bit better about rocking a crop.

I didn’t have to commit to running out and buying a crop top or chopping an old favourite tee into a crop right away. And when I finally did wear this out { later that day } I knew I had the option to flip the bottom down if I ever felt too self conscious.

2. Add a fashionable security blanket

How To Wear A Plus Size Crop Top Confidently | margot meanie

A cardigan, blazer, kimono or vest can all be a life saver when wading into crop tops. Not only do they act as water wings, but they can also add some styling fun to your whole outfit!

I found that I was completely A-OK with showing the front of my stomach, but the sides and back is where I was most nervous. I mean, you can’t see those parts of you on the regular, so baring them to the public is definitely and understandably on the scary side.

I opted to wear a light, sheer kimono or and edgy, slouchy vest with my very first crops. This didn’t add any heat to the outfit and made me feel like I was just accessorizing. Even though I was also protecting myself as I continued to dip my toes into the crop top pool.

This left the cute little square of tummy out for viewing while the outer garment would still move and provide peeks of my stomach. It just helped me feel more confident. It also gives you the option to take off the item if you are too warm and really feeling yourself!

3. Tie up blouses to crop them

How To Wear A Plus Size Crop Top Confidently | margot meanie

This works right along with the non committal/faux crop as all you have to do is take an existing button up blouse and tie it up under your bust.

It gives you the option to untie if you’re not feeling it. But in all honestly, I always feel pretty damn hot in this look. Especially when it’s one of my sheer blouses. The tie in the front makes me feel retro and sexy!

4. Wear a lace undershirt

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This is a great way to really get comfortable in a crop top as you are showing skin, but you are still covered. And boy -o-boy, it feels good to have lil’ peeks of black lace!

This was definitely one of my go to’s for feeling comfortable and eventually rocking bare skin under my crops. But I do think it still looks really great so I rock it on occasion! I’m wearing a stretchy lace slip kinda like this, but a lace bodysuit would work perfectly too!

5. Pair high waisted or full bodied skirts:

How To Wear A Plus Size Crop Top Confidently | margot meanie

I found my favourite item to pair a crop with was a high waisted skirt. Particularly a maxi skirt or a full a-line or circle type skirt. In fact,this is one of my staple looks now!

There is something so balancing of a teeny crop top matched with a long or full skirt on the bottom. I think it suits all body types and it just gives that teeny sliver of skin all the way around. But there is something about this combo that makes me feel all powerful!

How To Wear A Plus Size Crop Top Confidently | margot meanie

This right here ^^^ was my very first crop top I bought. I was nervous buying it at a comicon, but I felt this need to get one. I had been experimenting with all of the above faux crops and I was feeling it! And I am a HUGE Harry Potter nerd { as, I am sure, you are all abundantly aware of by now! } But it was a one size deal and I wasn’t sure if:

  1. would fit me
  2. would look any good
  3. would I feel comfortable in it

The girl selling them was herself a fantastically stylish and gothy plus size gal. She assured me, she rocked these all the time and that it would fit me. It just so turns out that the girl selling me the crop was none other than Alyssa PandaEyes, one of my fav IG girls to follow now!

Well, I hope these tips will help you try something new this Summer! It’s been just over a year for me now and I cannot believe how it doesn’t even phase me anymore. Confidence is a funny little thing that creeps up on you.

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  • Reply
    June 26, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I love this post! I’m a massive fan of crop tops and so sad that they are few and far between in plus sizes in NZ. Needless to say I am planning on stocking up so that I’m prepared for when it’s summer here in December!

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      June 26, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      We should arrange some sort of clothing swap where I find you crops for the summer and you find me cute winter things from NZ!! <3

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    June 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Love! Although I am not a cropper, I support them. <3

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    Zadry | Curves a la Mode
    June 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Okay M&M, I’m adding a crop top to my rotation stat! besides it’s summer and my belly needs the Vitamin D. You look AWESOME (as always)!

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    Fat Girl Flow (@fatgirlfreedom)
    June 26, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    The belly is just toooooo cute!!!! I finally wore my first crop out in public a few weeks back and I don’t think I’ll ever look back! Great post! <3

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    June 28, 2015 at 1:26 am

    I really want to try a crop top, it’s daunting though isn’t it? Determined to do it eventually though

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      June 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

      It is daunting, but so liberating!! Trying them around the house was definitely my first step in trying them. ?

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    June 28, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I heart this. What practical advice that we all can use. I have to mention how cute you are in every outfit !!!! I personally wear pants that are high. Most of them are because I’m short lol. But hey I think we all have to find our ray of comfortable light in the fashion world.

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      June 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Thank you so much!! I’d really love some harem pants to rock with a crop!!

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    July 1, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Yas lady! You nailed this post! Such perfection all across the board, AND very practical, valuable advice! x

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    August 6, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I think it is amazing the confidence you show. I wish i had it in me.

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      August 7, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Don’t think of it so much as “confidence” as “rebellion”. We all have a bit of rebellion in us, it makes you stand a little taller and makes life that much more fun!

      take care!

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