• Tue, Jun 17 - 3:56 pm ET

It’s Ridiculous To Act Like Fat Girls Can’t Wear Crop Tops

plus size crop tops are hot

I was doing laps around Target the other day, as bored twenty-something women are wont to do, when I overheard a conversation that made me stop walking. Two young women around my age were sifting through summery tops in the junior’s section, and one of them said to the other, “I don’t understand why crop tops had to come back. No one can wear them. The only people whose stomachs are flat enough to wear crop tops are too young to be wearing crop tops.” Her friend sighed a solemn sigh and agreed. “When really thin girls wear them, they look like they’re trying too hard,” she said. “And when fat girls wear them, that’s just gross.”

Now, these random women had every right to be talking quietly to themselves at Target, and it’s not written anywhere that you can only share your opinions in public if they don’t suck, but their conversation still irked me. It’s shitty enough that our culture pits men against us, so why do we let those toxic ideas infiltrate our conversations with other women? Why are we against each other’s bodies? Why are we always competing? And WHY are we terrified of girls showing off their stomachs?

It’s really lame to pretend like there are prerequisites for wearing something you like. You don’t have to think crop tops are cute (I don’t own any, and I don’t really see myself getting one in the near future), but you have to respect another chick’s right to feel cute in one. Having a certain body type doesn’t qualify you to wear fashionable clothes, and you don’t need permission to rock a crop top. Sam wrote a really cool post about why plus size bodies deserve to wear bikinis, and a lot of her examples apply here, too. Clothes should make you feel how you want to feel. Sexy, comfortable, warm, cool, modest, outgoing, reserved, fun. If the aesthetic you’re going for can be accomplished with a crop top, wear one. Your BMI doesn’t dictate your style.

If you’re interested in cropping it up, Joanna wrote up the perfect tutorial for picking one and styling it. There’s only one test you have to pass before you can pull off a certain look: ask yourself, Do I want to wear this? If your answer is yes, you’re golden.

Photo: Forever 21

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  • Alana Vincenza

    Amen, sistah!

  • Lana

    Nope. I can’t wear them. I did when they were in style the last time, but I was 19 and had a flat belly. I might say to myself “Self, I look fine in this crop top and I will wear it out of the house!” but I would not feel fine in it, and I would be so uncomfortable in it that it wouldn’t be worth trying.

    Others should do as they please, though. If you have the confidence to pull it off and the desire to wear it, more power to you.

    • Samantha Escobar

      I think that’s what’s important–if you want to, do it! If you don’t, do not. I personally love crop tops on other people but never like them on myself unless they’re so long they’re not even really a crop top, they’re a semi-short shirt. That said, I hate the assertion that “you can’t wear that because of your body type.”

  • Violeta gill

    I fully believe in rock with what you got! Fat or not, if you want to wear crop top, bikinis, or short shorts!!

  • Doctorswife

    No just cuz they make it in every size means you wear it. Skinny jeans are for skinny people. No one wants to see your fat rolls hanging out. Look I’m a size 6 and I can’t wear everything I want to bc I have a flat stomach . You need to be age appropriate and size appropriate and let’s not forget age. Nothing worse than a 40 yr old wearing pink yoga pants .

    • Heina Dadabhoy

      Define “appropriate”. I think you’re being inappropriate here but I can’t stop you from commenting.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Sadly, what you want other people to do isn’t always what they wind up doing. See, just because I wish you were capable of spelling out the full word of “because” doesn’t mean you will be capable and willing to do that. Tada!

      P.S. My protruding stomach is in a crop-ish top right now. THE HORROR.

  • JennyWren

    I just like cropped tops because the longer ones (if that makes any sense) are the perfect length for my short and short-waisted body. They just look like normal, well-proportioned shirts on me and it is marvelous!

  • Daniella Sloane Alberts

    i LOVE the idea of crop tops but whenever i wear one, i feel…exposed, unless i’m just kicking around my beach neighborhood.
    it also mortifies my 6th grade daughter because, even though i bust my ass (abs! ha!) to have a ripped stomach, she insists that i can’t wear them because i’m too old (i’m 29) and a mom.

    opinions on this?
    are moms allowed to wear crop tops?
    much debate about this in my house.

  • Daniella Sloane Alberts

    the great crop-top debate of ’14.
    these are the best of times. these are the worst of times.
    :D

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