Crop top

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A model wearing a belly shirt

A crop top (also cropped top, belly shirt, half shirt, midriff shirt, midriff top, tummy top, short shirt, and cutoff shirt) is a T-shirt or blouse with the lower part cut off, showing off some of the abdomen.[1] The belly shirt (or half shirt) is a kind of shirt that is cut off from the bottom of the chest.


Women wearing crop tops during a dance rehearsal at Palace of the Republic in East Berlin, 1976.
Actress Bianca Rinaldi in a '90s-style cropped top.

During the mid-1980s, pop star Madonna caused a controversy when she gyrated in a mesh crop top in her video for the song "Lucky Star." Also during this decade, cutoff crop tops became a popular fashion item thanks to the aerobic craze and popularity of the movie Flashdance. It became common for girls to crop off sections of their workout wear, such as sleeves, collars, and the hem of the shirt to create a loose-fitting top which was often worn over a body suit or tank top. Crop tops were also often paired with low-slung belts in the 1980s, angled at the side of the hip. As mesh fabrics and oversized aerobics gear went out of fashion by the 1990s, the crop top reappeared in the form of the bustier, a lingerie-styled shirt which revealed the midriff and was typically worn under a blazer or shirt. By the mid-1990s, the crop top took on the form of the baby doll shirt, a cropped, tight-fitting t-shirt which often featured graphic logos. Long-sleeved crop tops and even crop top turtlenecks also became fashionable for the first time, popularized by such public figures, as country singer Shania Twain. By the late 1990s, crop tops had become so mainstream that many schools began banning the garment in their dress code.[citation needed]

While pop singers such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera popularized the crop top for teeny boppers in the 1990s, others were making a crop top fashion statement for pregnant women. Certain members of the all-female musical groups All Saints and the Spice Girls wore crop tops on stage during their pregnancies, ushering in the trend of showing off one's baby bump rather than hiding it. Since the beginning of the new millennium, cropped jackets and blazers have become popular fashion items, while the hemlines of shirts have mostly remained longer.[citation needed] Currently, the crop tops are back in fashion with celebrities like Lindsay Lohan etc., sporting it in public.[2] and models sporting it in ads.[3][4]

"Underboob cleavage", where the cleavage from the bottom of the breast is showcased became increasingly popular in glamor and partially nude photography, which further popularized the crop top.[5]


Picture Type
Jenna XRCO.jpg Bustier
Ameesha Patel still4.jpg Choli
Holy toned tummy.jpg Sports bra
Barbara Summer Porn Star Karaoke 2005-11-01 2.jpg Cropped Tube top
UNLV Rebel Girl.jpg Cropped Halter top
Britney Spears.jpg Cropped Turtleneck top
AN Bree Olson 2.jpg Cropped Tank top
Celeste Bonin.jpg Cropped T-shirt

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  1. ^ crop top definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta. Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. 
  2. ^ Zephyr. "Would You Wear… a Crop Top?". College Fashion. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Crop tops are back in style". Lovelyish. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Candice Shih (January 7, 2010). "Crop tops are back?". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sexy Fashion Summer = Sexy Crop Tops & Underboobs » The Blog". 2013-05-17. Retrieved 2013-10-07.