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Take Wearing a Crop Top Off Your Summer Bucket List

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Cheap and Cheerful is a weekly column that highlights the chicest inexpensive finds. Because nothing’s more satisfying than looking good while spending less.

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

Off-the-Shoulder Blouse

There’s really only a couple weeks left before this colorful top feels out of place so enjoy it while it lasts.

Your New Going-Out Top

Silence + Noise Satin Cropped Cami

Yes, this is almost the same color as the one from before, but the satin fabric gives it a nice sheen that makes it more fun for a night out.

The Work-Friendly Option

Polka Dot Ruched Front Top

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

Out West Plaid Corset

Take a good look on Instagram and you’ll notice the corset top also making a big comeback this season. You can wear it on its own or throw it over a white T-shirt.

The One You Want to See From the Back

Turn The Beat Around Top

Between the ruched sleeves, asymmetrical neckline that curves along the back, and bright-red color, it’s exactly what to wear when everyone else around you is in boring black.

The Sophisticated Early-'00s Throwback

La Vie Rebecca Taylor Poplin Crop Top

If you were a girl in the early ‘00s, you wore some iteration of the backless crop top to the club. This white version is a lot more refined, especially with high-waisted jeans.
Original Price: $150

The Vacation-Ready One

Ruffled Crop Top

Based on the way Mango styles this top with loose linen pants, you can already imagine being on the beach with a tropical drink in hand.

The Expensive Look-alike

Suna Crop Top

Brands like Johanna Ortiz have made us all want to wear exaggerated sleeves, but you could buy six of these for the price of the original.

The Best Seller

Wilfred Cayenne Knit Top

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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Take Wearing a Crop Top Off Your Summer Bucket List