Though style setters like Jessica Alba, Diane Kruger, and Lily Collins have recently embraced the crop top trend, Gwen Stefani has been flaunting her enviable abs for over a decade. From her No Doubt era to her designer days to motherhood — can you believe she has two adorable kids and possibly another bundle on the way? — ab-baring separates have been a constant in Gwen's rocker-chic style since day one. The style chameleon has made a strong case for the once-risqué fashion, revealing hours of gym dedication in figure-flashing ensembles on stage and the red carpet. In honor of Gwen's special day, we are counting down her top 30 midriff-baring outfits, then hitting the gym to log a few crunches.
If there is a single '90s trend to not only be revived but be full-on reinvented, the crop top has got to be it. The resurgence of the trend has moved rapidly from the runways to the streets and onto the red carpets. This Summer, it seems like all of our favorite stars have made it their collective mission to show off their ultratoned stomachs and their sense of style simultaneously. Cue Nicole Richie, Lily Collins in sexy Roland Mouret, Diane Kruger in Prabal Gurung, and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.
Unsure about braving the crop top yourself? Get inspired by these ab-fab celebrity looks from the past few months right here.
Lily Collins showed off her third midriff-baring ensemble last night while celebrating her September cover for Seventeen magazine! The Mortal Instruments star has been busy promoting her upcoming movie, turning out a lineup of standout looks. Watch on to see all of her recent enviable outfits!
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The sunnier seasons herald in a much more relaxed approach to dressing. For most, that means shedding the layers, and keeping it basic. For others — we count repeat performer Diane Kruger among them — it means breaking out the crop top. Last year, we saw the resurgence of bare midriffs in a noticeable way, and now it's becoming the go-to trend for Hollywood's A-list.
And thanks to Dolce & Gabbana, Prabal Gurung, Calvin Klein, and Marc Jacobs, the latest set of crop top-wearing stars aren't limiting the silhouette to the usual sculpted bralette style. Instead, Kruger chose a sportier version, Doutzen Kroes went with stripes and long sleeves, and Julia Restoin Roitfeld's breezy white iteration reminded us of a sexy slip dress. Since it's only mid-May and Summer hasn't even officially started, we're wondering: Will you be taking the crop-top look for a spin this season?
When we first heard that crop tops were going to be big again for 2013, we had our reservations — it seemed like a look best suited for outdoor music festivals and costume parties — but after seeing the midriff-baring look on the runways at Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Costume National, and others, we inevitably changed our tune and are officially smitten with the idea of unleashing our inner Kelly Kapowski. The trend is rooted in '50s-era screen sirens like Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, and Marilyn Monroe but is also dripping with '90s nostalgia — calling to mind fashion-forward TV characters like Kelly Bundy, Donna Martin, and, yes, Ms. Kapowski herself. If you're itching to try the trend this season, then click through for our expert styling tips, as well as three chic ways to wear it.
On her way into the Calvin Klein Spring 2013 show at New York Fashion Week, Diane Kruger exposed her svelte midriff in a white long-sleeved crop top. A black leather high-waist skirt kept the look fashion forward rather than risque, while black python pumps and a white crossbody bag coordinated with her black and white color scheme perfectly. If you dare to bare your tummy, mimic Diane's chic ensemble by pairing a crop top with a high-waist leather skirt, then finish off with matching accessories. To get started, shop similar pieces below.
Slowly, but surely, the crop top trend is making its way from the runway to the streets, and if you've been on the fence about the trend, let Diane Kruger lead the way. The stunning beauty attended the French Consulate screening of Farewell, My Queen in LA, donning a cropped striped tank paired with louche black trousers, slick sandals, and a textural navy clutch. The results? A refreshingly chic and minimal look ideal for warm Summer nights. If you've been working hard on your abs and want to show it off, read below for easy styling tips on wearing the crop top right, then shop our favorite picks.
- When shopping for crop tops, keep in mind that loose shapes are more flattering than silhouettes cut close to the body. We love how Diane's loose-fitted style looks effortlessly breezy.
- Pair crop tops with mid- to high-rise bottoms to avoid looking like you came out of late '90s music video. Dark and neutral colors will emote a more understated take on the trend while bright colors will put you right in the spotlight — pick your poison.
- Elevate the look by accessorizing with minimal accessories and slick sandals.
Summer is the perfect time to show off your midriff, but if you're hesitant to rock the risqué style, look to countless stylish celebrities for inspiration. Jamie Chung revealed a sliver of her stomach in a cropped tank and high-waisted black tulle skirt, Whitney Port went a bit more daring in her crop top and printed pants, and Selena Gomez went all out ballsy in her bandeau top with matching shorts. Check them and a couple more crop-top-wearing stars out before you try the trend, then shop similar pieces to get started.
Showing off your midriff isn't for everyone, but if you've been wanting to dabble in the trend, allow five stylish celebs to show you how to do it in the classiest ways. Freida Pinto was just spotted at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival rocking a matching Salvatore Ferragamo getup, which included a striped halter crop top and matching circle skirt. Christa B. Allen has also revealed her midriff in a retro-chic way, as have a few more stars. Step inside to see them all and to shop their chic midriff-baring styles for yourself.