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Much like all trends, belly buttons have made their comeback, which means those crop tops, especially worn with belly chains and low-rise jeans, aren’t going anywhere. That said, midriff-skimming tops aren’t a new idea — in the last few years they’ve popped up when the weather gets warm, usually styled with high-waisted pants or skirts. If wearing one is high on your summer bucket list, you have some time left before fall’s chill comes for us all. How you choose to incorporate it into your closet is up to you. Consider yourself more modest? Stick to the tried-and-true way everyone’s been wearing them by showing off just a sliver of skin right around your ribs. Looking to bring back the glory that was Britney Spears circa “I’m a Slave 4 U”? Well, you know what to do. Scroll below to shop our favorites.
The Colorful, Stand-Out Option
Your New Going-Out Top
The Work-Friendly Option
You won’t look too cute in this modest polka-dot cropped blouse. To wear it to work, pair it with high-waisted black pants and low slingback heels.
The Trendy, Layering-Friendly One
The One You Want to See From the Back
The Sophisticated Early-'00s Throwback
The Vacation-Ready One
The Expensive Look-alike
The Best Seller
When I went to buy this top after mercilessly stalking it online, almost every Aritzia salesperson who helped me admitted they actually own it themselves. Since buying it in white, I’ve never once regretted my obsessive purchase, and I’ve thought about getting it in several more colors. The only caveat is that it seems to sell out every time it’s in stock.
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