I haven’t yet partaken of the crop top trend (and am one of the few teenage females still in that boat) partially because it seems somehow elitist to me. In my opinion, the stomach is the most difficult part of the female body to keep in perfect condition, but that’s what you have to do in order to flaunt shirts like the one pictured above. What about the women that don’t have, and never will have, abs like that? In a sense, they’re left out. Then again, I could make a similar argument about bootie shorts and tank tops, and I wear both of those. Maybe fashion will always be most accessible for the blessed few? I don’t know. While I love this picture and acknowledge that the abbreviated top allows for a more thorough and confident appreciation of the female body, I still hesitate. Any other thoughts on this?
First rule of looking good- Confidence in being yourself & loving who you are… Very few genetically & otherwise will ever have abs like this, but tummies are just nice in general (unless Totally Gone to Waste).
IMHO, all fashion is going to be limiting – no one can wear everything well. Personal style is about finding the items that flatter your individual build – no matter its proportions.
It has taken me some time to find fashion that has my voice and flatters my body; but with persistence it does come. I cannot wear everything I admire, but I know that there are very few who can (if any). That is why we look to pictures and people-watching to continuously refresh our visions and find our muses.
I think you’re unnecessarily selling yourself short – most everyone has abs that are decent but they’re just covered up by belly fat. I’m sure this young woman has done her share of crunches and planks but I would bet she is careful about what she eats. One’s diet is what allows the abs to show up; exercise can accentuate them. The big picture? Quit eating breads and foods made of white flour and give yourself two months.
Fitness is fashion – accessories become an afterthought.
Agreeing with Paula- for the past few decades, fashion hasn’t been about being perfect. It’s been about knowing your outer strengths/flaws and understanding how to accentuate, cover up, or turn into a quirky beautiful characteristic. Seeing it as a hierarchy or not is really the choice of the beholder.