• Tue, Jul 1 - 4:20 pm ET

Women Are Wearing Crop Tops To Their Weddings And It’s Cooler Than You Think

This morning, I was informed that women have begun wearing a trend that I found a little odd, to say the least: bridal crop tops. I had heard tell of this before, but then I saw this article on Lucky by Virginia Nam explaining her decision to wear a crop top to her wedding.

Preposterous, I thought, because I am an extra on Downton Abbey in my head. Won’t she regret that? Gosh, 2014 has stupid trends.

I’ll admit that my initial logic was rather antiquated in the same way I have resented anti-body modification crowds’ mindsets being. In my head, wearing an unconventional trend to your wedding could not result in anything but remorse at the age of 45 and slight sadness whilst looking at one’s wedding photos. (Did I mention I am a very dramatic Downton Abbey extra?) And yet, I have never gotten married so I’m probably just being a slightly naive pessimist–chances are, the bride and her partner would look at the photos together in 10 years and actually just be stoked on being married still. The phrase “bridal trends” just has such an awful ring to it, though, and to pair it with a non-bridal trend like crop tops seems a little risky.

Crop tops are one of 2013 and 2014′s most pervasive items, what with celebrities ranging from the cutesy teeny boppers to the sophisticated thirty-somethings wearing them on the red carpet. Anybody can wear a crop top; they look amazing on all different body shapes and sizes, especially when you style them well. Perhaps it was only a matter of time before they were added to the fairly narrow range of “typical” bridal wear.

Via Etsy.

Via Etsy.

The more I thought about it, in fact, the more I realized that there are several reasons bridal crop tops could actually be awesome. Examples:

  • Heat. Being hot at your wedding sucks. If you are getting married in New York City in the summer and your venue is outdoors, for example, you may find yourself uncomfortable in a large cupcake of a dress. Bathing in sweat at your wedding just isn’t considered sexy these days, so perhaps a crop top/skirt combo would assist in feeling a little bit cooler.
  • Makeup. Speaking of heat, you being less hot would mean your makeup and hair last longer–a big ol’ concern for summer and early autumn brides.
  • You could wear it again. Just the other day, we discussed wedding dresses you can actually wear after you get married, which are more economical and less wasteful options. When you’ve got a two-piece wedding outfit, you are much more likely to find cool ways to reuse those items again. A white crop could go with a cool leather skirt; a floor-length white skirt could work with a pretty pastel blouse, or even be hemmed up to a midi length.
  • It’s inexpensive. Inexpensive? A wedding dress? Well, yeah–because the market isn’t enormous yet. In fact, some of the recommendations Nam lists are downright cheap, which is something that basically never happens for brides. Traditional wedding gowns that are white can spike through the roof; with these, you can get a beautiful ivory or white look without taking out a second mortgage on your house.
  • They’re versatile. Want to dance? Switch skirts! You can keep the same top on and still have an entirely different look. Feel like making it super formal for the ceremony? You can obtain a large tulle or feather skirt to go with your top, then wear a different one for the reception. Wedding dresses rarely offer this type of ease in transitioning from day to night.

On top of those very practical reasons, there is also this very important thing to remember: lots of people do not take their weddings seriously nor traditionally. While obsessive wedding planning and attention to every last Pinterest-driven detail is always attributed to women, there are plenty of us who genuinely just DGAF. Not every women wants to look like a celebrity on her wedding day. For lots of people–both women and men–the marriage and relationship itself is what is important, not what’s worn or eaten that day. Sure, having a fun party is great! But it doesn’t have to be the be all, end all of representing your commitment to one another. And even the ones who do take it seriously might just want to try something unconventional for their wedding day, because why not?

So, do you plan on ever wearing a crop top at your wedding? And if you already have, post the photos because now I’m really curious!

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  • Alana Vincenza

    I don’t know if I can get over my desire to not have such a fad trend, even a good one, in my bridal pics. However, if you’re pretty confident in your choices and you think you’ll feel the same in a few years, why not?

  • Heather C

    My first thought after hearing “bridal crop tops” was “mistake,” but these ones are surprisingly elegant. If Sienna Miller or Vanessa Hudgens get married, I can totally see them wearing this.

  • bellany

    Newsflash: this isn’t new. Indian women have been doing it for centuries. But go ahead and enjoy your little Christopher Columbus moment

    • Samantha Escobar

      Oh, okay! That is wonderful, and I think that that looks beautiful, particularly in a vibrant shade. That said, I obviously didn’t realize that, or else I would have mentioned it. It’s not as though I said, “Hey, crop tops are a thing Americans should jack from Indian women and claim as their own!” I just noted that it’s a bridal trend for 2014, so what’s with the aggression?

    • bellany

      Colombus didn’t think he was stealing. He claimed to have “discovered” a land that was already inhabited. Just like this “trend” is surprisingly “cooler than you think.” It’s a borrowed style from another culture. That particular trend has around since wayyy before 2014 (taking things from other cultures, repurposing them and not giving the originators any of the credit they deserve for creating it in the first place).

      Again, just letting you know. This isn’t something new. It’s something borrowed. ;-)

    • Samantha Escobar

      And that is great! But there is literally no need for you to be so aggressive, or insinuate some kind of ill-intent with regard to somebody discussing a bridal trend that’s currently pervading wedding magazines and websites. There are hundreds of trends all across innumerable cultures that are co-opted by other cultures. The woman in the photo is also wearing bracelets, gold jewelry and possibly a skirt; do you consider those elements of her wardrobe to be exclusive to Indian culture, as well?

      Although out of curiosity, how do you propose that every designer give the originators of every culturally evolved traditional garment “credit”?

  • Lily Savage

    If I hadn’t known that the woman in the second picture was wearing a crop top, I would’ve thought it was a regular gown. It really looks cool and elegant!

  • Daniella Sloane Alberts

    i got my wedding dress custom made from Daughters Of Simone! they are amazing, lovely, so professional and on top on everything. my dress was incredible!
    love it!
    love them.
    love this article. <3

  • LittleBird

    I think they look beautiful! There’s literally NO ESCAPING “fad trends” when it comes down to it, so I say wear what you like. But that’s what’s great about looking back at old photos. They’re a product of their own time. :)

    All the “vintage yet modern brides” of today (with their lace dresses and oh-so-unique meadow flowers in mason jars and hand pies and fairy lights and barn wood and bunting) are going to cringe at their wedding albums, and their grandchildren will laugh at how 2010s it all was :P