This season it’s all about the crop top – one of SS12’s more versatile pieces. The cropped look comes in a variety of forms, from the bandeau to the bustier, and can be worn in an equally varied number of ways. Confidently worn by itself with high-waisted shorts, the crop top is perfect for showing off a toned midriff; but it can also be worn under translucent shirts or a baggy vest top if you’re having an off day. Here at MouthLondon, we have scoured the High Street for its top cropped offerings – behold SS12’s Top 5 crop tops!

 

5. Urban Outfitters Silence + Noise Block Print Bustier (£35.00)

This beautiful bustier ticks all the right boxes, combining an Aztec/Frida Kahlo vibe with a tapered structure that enhances the waistline and makes it appear smaller. If you don’t feel like showing off your midriff, this is long and tight enough to be worn with a high-waisted skirt, and will create the same bodycon effect as a leotard.  

 

4. River Island Blue Tropical Print Bralet (£28.00)

The floral print of this stylish take on the cropped top is soft and feminine, and is juxtaposed perfectly against the eye-catching zipper which gives this bralet bite. What’s more, the Hawaiian vibe printed onto a denim finish combines two key trends this Season, and the variety of colours and textures makes this top super versatile. It can be worn with a faded denim jacket or shirt in the daytime, and transformed into eveningwear with attitude by pairing it up with a distressed leather jacket. 

 

3. American Apparel Stretch Floral Lace Crop Top (£32.00)

This crop top is elegant and stylish, and is the perfect way to bring the often more casual crop top to a more formal setting, such as a dinner date. Although the translucent lace is undeniably revealing, the longer sleeves allow this top to remain classy and demure; and if you’re really worried about how see-through it is, you can always wear a plain coloured bandeau underneath it. This particular crop top from American Apparel comes in a variety of colours, so there’s bound to be one that takes your fancy!

 

2. River Island Black Studded Bralet (£30.00)

Here’s another amazing entry from River Island. Although there are several stores on the High Street that are doing studded bralets/bustiers at the moment, this one from River Island is one of the more intricate and exciting ones. Exuding a vibe that is 50% Tribal, 50% Rock Chic and 100% awesome, the versatility of this bralet is astounding. Try wearing it with chunky gold jewellery and distressed denim shorts to pull off a Rihanna-esque look, or with some high-waisted chinos for a smarter occasion. 

 

1. New Look Blue Cropped Swing Vest (£4.99)

This is a star buy, coming in at under a fiver! (I know: we couldn’t quite believe it ourselves). The royal blue colour adds a touch of elegance to this cheeky crop top, but the main attraction is its refreshingly unusual back – a sure talking-point for any outfit. Perfect for scorching summers abroad, this crop top should ideally be worn with other block colours, or perhaps a tropical print bandeau skirt.

 

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