10 Cute Crop Tops to Pair With Your Fave High-Waisted Bottoms

Wear these when it's too hot outside for T-shirts.

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PHOTO BY Twill Cavern, Stradivarius, Bershka ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Summer in Manila is in full swing and the heat is...well, damn near unbearable. It’s the time of year when you need to ditch your sweaters and cardigans and bring out those breezy blouses and skin-baring crop tops. Whether you’re spending summer chilling in front of your electric fan or heading out for a socially distanced walk in the park, you’ll be glad you’ve got your own personal collection of crop tops to minimize sweating and discomfort. And just in case you don’t have enough to last you through this blistering hot season, we’ve got you covered. Below, we list 10 cute crop tops you can shop now, each featuring styles, silhouettes, and colors perfect for summer 2021.

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Beat the Manila heat with these stylish summer crop tops you can shop now:

Bridget Top (P700) from Twill Cavern

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Ever since Netflix’s Regency-era smash-hit Bridgerton graced our smartphone and laptop screens, fans of the show have aspired towards the series’ fit-for-royalty style. Channel your inner Daphne with this puff-sleeved crop top from Twill Cavern. Despite its loose fit, the piece’s ruched construction and gartered hem will subtly show off your curves, particularly your tiny waist.

Available online.

Isabella Crop (P1,150) from Cariño

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"Your staple linen bralette" is how local brand Cariño describes this fuss-free crop top and we can’t help but agree. The no-frills top can be your summer go-to whether you’re rocking your fave blue jeans, an old pair of shorts, or a dressy skirt. The rounded square neck and relaxed fit would flatter pretty much any body type. You can get the piece in basic shades like black, white, nude as well as some pretty pastels like powder blue, soft pink, and muted green. 

Available online.

Shirred Strappy Top (P995) from Bershka

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If you’re looking for a top that hugs your curves without emphasizing any folds or bumps, opt for a piece that makes use of gathered fabric—this shirred crop top from Bershka would be a good pick. While delicately hugging the form, the top conceals any unflattering bulges underneath thanks to the gathered construction, which prevents the fabric from clinging to the skin in an unflattering way. We love it in this bright watermelon pink, but you can also go for a no-fail white.

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See a list of Bershka stores.

Back to Work Sports Bra (P1,200) from Easy Active

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Tops made specifically for working out need not to be used only for exercise. In fact, they’re a great option if you’re looking for fitted clothing as they can offer compression and support right off the bat while also looking stylish AF—this comfy, skin-tight crop top from Easy Active is proof. It can take you from the grocery to your al fresco lunch date to your outdoor workout and so on. The plain design and seamless silhouette would go with both your stretchy cycling shorts and your fave high-waisted jeans. It’s available in black, white, gray, pink, purple, blue and more—you’ll want to stock up on every color!

Available online.

Halterneck Cropped Top (P1,490) from H&M

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If you plan on spending summer lounging on a yacht or strolling through a golf course (or at least pretending that that’s where you’re going), you’ll love this cropped button-down from H&M. Its creamy color, ribbed texture, and collared halter neck channel old-school American sportswear, resulting in a classic look that’s fresh and put-together every time.

Available online; see a list of H&M stores.

Crochet Top (P1,295) from Stradivarius

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Not only are knitted tops ideal for those going for a boho-inspired or beach-ready look, but they’re also very curve-friendly, thanks to the woven fabric molding to your form without clinging onto any unflattering bulges. We’re currently eyeing this crochet crop top from Stradivarius, which sports a halter silhouette suitable for hot weather along with bright pink and purple tones that you’ll love wearing under the sun.

See a list of Stradivarius stores.

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Rework Bra Top Set (P1,990) from It’s Vintage

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Local vintage shop It’s Vintage just released their new REWORK line, which features old-school pieces upcycled into modern cuts and styles. Our fave from the collection has to be this cool Bra Top Set, which is made from vintage sweatshirts and even comes with a matching scrunchie. The piece is a sportswear-inspired crop top reminiscent of '90s fashion—think Aaliyah—with the logo upfront and a stretchy hem that hugs the waist. The silhouette comes in a variety of designs and you’ll want to check every variation the shop has created—no two pieces are alike!

Available online and at It’s Vintage’s store in 2/F Planters Products Building, Esteban Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.

Penelope Top (P599) from Vera Clothing

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Rock effortless elegance and dainty, feminine style with this flowy top from Vera Clothing. It sports a straight neckline that gathers just above the bust with the fabric lightly opening outwards as it reaches the hem. The loose fit will instantly hide your food baby while the slim, ribbon-tied straps let you show off your arms, shoulders, and decolletage.

Available online.

Crop Top With Knot (P895) from Zara

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For those effortlessly cool, streetwear-inspired OOTDs, you can’t go wrong with this top from Zara. Its muscle shirt-like silhouette and knot around the waist will make you look like you just threw the piece on and walked out the door—and we mean that in the best way possible. It’ll give any plain bottoms a little more edge and attitude.

Available online; see a list of Zara stores.

Basic Halter Top (P129) from DNEMNL

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If you’re looking for a basic crop top that you can shop in a multitude of colors and fill your closet with should you ever need a plain tank on the fly, check out this stretchy halter from DNEMNL. It comes in over 10 colors from basics to pastels to nudes and more. It’s only P129, so you can cop every color your heart desires without having to splurge!

Available online.

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