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, perhapsΒ ageΒ 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 so gorgeous! I absolutely love pairing a cropped top with a long skirt. ❀

    1. Thank you for your compliment Diana. I’m happy to hear this feedback from you! πŸ™‚ :-*

  2. This look is so stunning! Xxx

    1. I’m flattered to hear it Joanna! Thank you! X X

  3. I think my crop top days are over as well – but you never know. There might be an occasion someday that warrants one!

    1. That’s right Sarah; we never know… For me it depends on how much I’m willing to exercise and keep a healthy diet!

  4. BELLA! πŸ™‚

  5. You look so fabulous! I love your writing style too. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Wang Hui, I’m so glad to hear that! πŸ™‚

  6. Beautiful and ever elegant!

    Also, props to ‘Sasha’! Such an inspiration, mmm?

    1. Thank you for your compliment Cara. Yes cheers~ to ‘Sashas’!!!

  7. Looking marvellous with the dress. Well written review as always your posts get better each day.

    1. Thank you. Your sweet feedback has made my day!!! X

  8. Love the top and skirt, great story!

    1. Cheers~ Kent! X

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

    1. Thank you for your lovely feedback Cami! :-*

  10. You look so beautiful in this set!!!! Love it! Suits you very well!!! xxx

    1. Your comment has put a big smile on my face. πŸ™‚ Thank you Naira! X X

      1. You are welcome πŸ™‚ xxx

  11. Ann'maree · · Reply

    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.

    1. Are you telling me that I won’t spot you turning up in a crop top when you come to Sydney next week Ann-maree?!!! πŸ˜€

  12. Gregory McBean · · Reply

    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.

    1. Thank you Greg. I’m very happy to know that my little fashion/style world amuses you! X

  13. You look beautiful! I love your outfit – you make the crop top look so classy with the maxi skirt! x


    1. Awww.., thank you Shloka. I’m so flattered! X X

  14. Hi sweety! You look amazing ❀ I love your outfit! πŸ™‚
    Kisses Marina

    1. Thank you Marina. Cheers~ πŸ™‚ :-*

  15. 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..

    1. 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.

  16. 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) πŸ™‚
    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 πŸ™‚

    1. So good to hear the feedback from you Mitzie. πŸ™‚
      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! πŸ˜€ Thank you!

  17. This is lovely and elegant. I am past the crop top stage, sadly!

    1. Join the club Marje. Luckily, there are plenty other fabulous styles we can embrace! πŸ™‚

      1. Yes!!!! No need to dress dowdy that’s for sure, I like to look the best I can. πŸ™‚

  18. Beautiful, love the matching set! Love your sense of style, you can rock the crop top in a very elegant way x

    1. Thank you for your compliments, I’m so happy to hear it from you! X

  19. I loved this post! You are so gorgeous πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your kind words Sara! πŸ™‚ :-*

  20. So lovely! This outfit is very nice and you look really pretty! ❀

    1. Thank you my dear.., I’m so glad that you like it! :-*

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