Apple Bottoms Off-the-Shoulder Cropped Smocked Top, $19.99, available in sizes S-XL, macys.com
If you don't feel comfortable with showing your stomach, you can still wear a crop top without having to worry about that. Just grab a tank top or camisole and layer your crop top over it. You can also wear a crop top over a long-sleeved shirt or sweater during the Winter. Another way to make a crop top look more modest would be to pair it with some high-waisted pants (as suggested above) or with a high-waisted skirt; you may even be able to tuck the shirt into your skirt or pants if it's long enough. You can also try this out with some high-waisted shorts for the Summer; however, if you chose to wear this kind of top without layering it or pairing it with a high-waisted bottom, be careful. Outside of MTV, Hollywood, and the runways; this trend can be very difficult to pull off. It also only really works in certain environments; I would say the beach or gym would be the best places to wear a belly shirt. You should also be able to get away with this type of shirt at a club or bar. Crop tops are definitely not appropriate for work or job interviews though; I don't think they work so much for school either (especially if your school has a dress code). If you want to wear a crop top but are not sure if it's appropriate for what you're about to do or the place you're about to go, remember that you'll always be safe if you layer it over something. If you wish to wear a belly shirt but don't have the money to spend on the ones above, you can make your own. Just take a t-shirt or tank top that you won't mind sacrificing and cut the bottom of it off (be careful not to cut off too much though). If you spot any other Summer trends that you would like me to write about, e-mail me at Charmed42787@gmail.com or send a message to me on myspace.