This Is How We Crop It

1003-02Crop tops are certainly not new. Think of Madonna or Flashdance from the 80’s. When the crop top came back to trend this time around, my reaction to it was: ‘No thanks!’
That’s right, ‘No thanks!’. However, this ‘no’ actually comes from love. I love the fashion; I adore the look. Does the style suit my body shape and age? Perhaps not any more! Therefore, if I were to put one on, I’d be making a fashion victim of myself!

A few months ago, I bumped into a woman I used to know, let’s call her Sasha. Sasha is in her mid to late forties and two of her four younger children are now teenagers. This Sasha I knew used to dress up in the latest trend, club hopping every weekend.., she was very attractive; had a figure to die for; had a real tan and was always full of energy…
That Friday night I saw Sasha again, she was on her way to a chic bar in Potts Point. She happened to wear a cream silk crop top with a black leather skirt, flaunting her super toned abs and her ever lasting tan. (And why wouldn’t you when you have abs like that to show?!!!)

‘So, perhaps age should not be the barrier when it comes to wearing a crop top?’ Suddenly I had a second thought. Frankly speaking, I would most likely be giving my ‘who wore it better’ vote to Sasha, rather than the next young girl I see wearing a crop shirt and a muffin top showing!
I wouldn’t go there myself, but I’m glad to see the Sashas of the world who are still rocking it!

P.S. This photo features a summer crop top ensemble which I loved wearing years ago.

Photography by: Road Wang


  1. You look gorgeous ❤ the crop top and skirt suit you perfectly. And thank you for all the sweet comments on my blog ❤

  2. They definitely pretty But if you give the whole present away there is nothing left for the imagination. I prefer to be gift wrapped and let people think.

  3. As always ,very much enjoy your take on matters of fashion and style. It can be a fine line between what works on someone and what begins to look less than flattering. Appreciated the photograph too.

  4. Pls let me select this photo as one of my favourite from your recent posts dear Viv. It’s hard to image it’s a photo taken years ago and I absolutely love the look which combines both the element of crop top and maxi dress. But most importantly, I love the girl (the lady) in the photo from how she looked at our audience and the whole setting of it. Anyway, I really find it a great thing you keep the habit of collecting all those photos to share with all of us and keep doing it dear Viv..

    • Awww.., what a sweet feedback April. Thank you. :-*
      I too love the atmosphere of this photo. Even though it’s been years, that summer afternoon my photographer Road Wang and I wondered around this charming beach suburb has lived in my memory vividly.

  5. I love crop tops, but in Dubai baring your belly button or midriff would be highly inappropriate, so I usually wear my crop tops with something high-waisted (so you can’t see that it’s actually cropped) 🙂
    Sure age shouldn’t define, what you’re wearing, but nobody wants to be a fashion victim, wearing the latest trends just because, without caring what fits your body type. Though I’m sure you could still rock that crop top 🙂

    • So good to hear the feedback from you Mitzie. 🙂
      I have always wondered about the Dubai dress code in public places. Wearing crop tops with something high-waisted is a good idea and also a great look! I much prefer the moderate crop top ensembles than the hardcore ones.
      To hear that you think I could still rock the crop top has made my day! 😀 Thank you!

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