5 Chic Looks That Prove This Y2K Top Deserves a Place In Your Wardrobe

No top says "summer" like a crop top. The midriff-baring silhouette is designed to show off an extra few inches of sun-kissed skin, especially if you opt for 2023's ultra-cropped version. Typically, tees and blouses cut above your belly button feel quite youthful, but the secret to making this shrunken shape more polished is all in the styling.

This year in particular, there are plenty of "grown-up" iterations out there that will seamlessly slot into your wardrobe of smart tailoring and expensive-looking staples. Expect simple linen designs and silky camisoles that cast this '90s icon in a whole new light. Of course, there's also the option to lean into the nostalgia and put together a fun throwback look—each crop top lends itself to a whole range of outfit ideas.

But to get you started, I've assembled five easy-to-copy ensembles. If you haven't yet jumped on the tiny top train, perhaps the below looks will convince you.

1. Cropped Shirt + Denim Skirt + Summer Accessories

Crop top outfits: a cropped shirt, white denim skirt and mules


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Style Notes: For a lunch meeting or shopping date in the city, I'd toss on this shirt-and-skirt combination. The collar detail and tan accents work in tandem to make the cropped silhouette feel sophisticated.

This is a great option if you want to wear denim but it's warm outside.

Whilst it's worth investing in a basket bag, this frugal style is just as chic as many of the designer ones I've seen.

2. Bustier Top + Blazer + Silk Skirt

Crop top outfits: a cropped bustier top, silk skirt and beige blazer


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Style Notes: Arranged a fancy date and don't know what to wear? A blazer and slip skirt is a classic pairing. Let a pretty strapless top peek out from underneath, finishing the look with elegant evening accessories.

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I've just added the entire three-piece suit to my wish list.

Because this is Loewe, you can be confident it will last a lifetime.

3. Breton Top + Denim Shorts + Fisherman Sandals

Crop top outfits: a striped crop top, denim shorts and fisherman sandals


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Style Notes: On a balmy summer's day, let the sun hit your legs in a pair of high-waisted bermuda shorts that show off just a thin line of midriff. Elevate the simple formula with gold-toned jewellery and a neck scarf.

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This is set to be a cornerstone of your everyday wardrobe.

You won't have to worry about thigh chafing with this longer silhouette.

Mustard is such a feel-good shade for the summer months.

Tie this around your neck to add a French flair.

4. Strappy Top + Cargo Trousers + Trainers

Crop top outfits: a linen crop top, cargo trousers and white sneakers


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Style Notes: Step back to the noughties by teaming your crop top with low-slung cargo trousers. Complete the outfit with casual accessories, such as retro sneakers and a logo-adorned baseball cap.

Crafted from organic cotton, this is an all-round winner. 

The parachute cuffs tap into one of this season's microtrends.

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This reminds me of COS' best-selling crossbody bag, but it's a third of the price.

Practical and stylish in equal measure.

5. Silk Top + Tailored Trousers + Elevated Accessories

Crop top outfits: a silk crop top, tailored trousers and strappy block heels


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Style Notes: Personally, I'd wear this look to a low-key wedding. The crop top's silky fabric and the sparkly earrings make it feel dressy, but you'll be comfortable enough to dance all night in the block heels and wide-leg trousers.