For Your Capsule Wardrobe: 10 Basic Crop Tops You'll Be Wearing Over and Over

Each is available in a variety of colors.

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PHOTO BY Zara, H&M, Uniqlo ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

( In tropical countries like the Philippines, crop-top season is year-round! Sure, tanks and tees are equally fit for all seasons, but something about these waist-length shirts just hits different. The short cut gives the style a distinctly cool-girl feel as well as an effortless, laid-back look that few other tops can achieve. Plus, we know you love your baby bump-hiding high-waist bottoms—we’re right there with you—and crop tops just pair with them like nothing else can. So if you’re stocking up on new crop tops—and don’t worry, you can never really have too many—we list 10 basic versions of the piece down below. These tops (a mix of short-sleeved shirts, classic tanks, and halters) offer the kind of versatility that lets you wear them every day. We round up for crop tops that come in a variety of colors, so if you like one you see, then you can get it in a variety of shades.


Stock up on basic crop tops! These 10 would make great additions to your closet:

Square Neck Short Sleeve Cropped T-Shirt (P590) from Uniqlo

Uniqlo crop top

Available colors: Off-white, black, gray, brown, pink, and yellow

You know crop tops are considered a closet staple when Uniqlo makes them. The Japanese retail giant is known for fashion finds that exude equal parts form and function and their line of cropped tees is no different. Our fave from their current lineup is this new square neck, short-sleeve shirt, which you can pair with pretty much any casual bottoms.

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Available online and at Uniqlo stores nationwide.

Cropped Vest Top (P299) from H&M

H&M cropped vest top

Available colors: White, black, dark gray, light beige, and light blue

Halter tops like this piece from H&M are a great option when you want to rock a sleeveless shirt, but still leave a little to the imagination. The rounded neckline, which sits just above the collarbone, makes for a flattering silhouette on a variety of body types. The top is just short enough—falling just below the waist—to get that distinct crop-top look without having to expose your belly button.


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

Cropped T-Shirt (P545) from Zara

Zara cropped t-shirt

Available colors: White, black, beige, navy, blue, green, lime, fuchsia, orange, and red

You can’t go wrong with a classic T-shirt and this tee from Zara keeps things simple and timeless with short sleeves, a round neckline above the collarbone, and a relaxed fit. Unlike most basic tees, this piece goes for a cropped cut that sits around the waist—or just below it depending on your torso—giving the old-school piece a refreshed look fit for more modern pants styles.


Available online; see a list of Zara stores.

Ash Crop Tank Top (P599) from Cotton On

Cotton On ash crop tank top
PHOTO BY Cotton On

Available colors: White, black, light gray, beige, brown, and mint green

We love the thick straps and rounded neck on this Ash Crop Tank Top from Cotton On, which has a neckline that’s a few inches below the collarbone—so you can show off that sculpted decolletage—and a hem that’s right on the waist. Pair with your fave high-waisted bottoms to show off just a little bit of skin in the middle—perfect for the summertime!


Available on Zalora and at Cotton On stores nationwide.

Sylvie Crop T-Shirt (P595) from Lotus Activewear

Lotus Activewear sylvie crop t-shirt
PHOTO BY Lotus Activewear

Available colors: White, black, gray, pink, purple, blue, and orange

Here’s a little tip if you love skin-tight tops: Shop activewear. Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to workout. Pieces made for exercising are typically designed to offer maximum stretch, flexibility, and support, so while they’re great for physical activities, they’re also reliable when it comes to providing body-hugging fabrics and silhouettes. Take this crop top from Lotus Activewear, example. It offers all the simplicity and laid-back vibes of a classic crew-neck tee, but is made from a mix of nylon and spandex, so it elegantly molds to your form and even holds down some of that extra jiggle.


Available on Lotus Activewear's website and Zalora.

Polyamide Crop Top (P795) from Stradivarius

Stradivarius crop top
PHOTO BY Stradivarius

Available colors: White, black, dark gray, khaki, beige, brown, red, and purple

The seamless construction of this Stradivarius crop top gives it a distinctly effortless look—you’ll look polished and put-together even if you’re wearing it with your ratty old pair of jeans. Plus, the top comes in eight chic shades—from neutrals to eye-catching hues—so you’ll want to stock up for every outfit and occasion.


See a list of Stradivarius stores.

Active Cropped Cami (P595) from Forever 21

Forever 21 cropped cami
PHOTO BY Forever 21

Available colors: White and black

Camisoles are most definitely a closet staple and handy both under clothing and on their own. You can stock up on basic shades—namely, black and white—with this piece from Forever 21. It features a curved neckline that’s just above the breasts as well as thin straps, making for a top that’s perfect for layering and accessorizing.


Available on Zalora and at Forever 21 stores nationwide.

Alla Knitted Cropped Top (P1,140.50) from Love, Bonito

Love, Bonito crop top
PHOTO BY Love, Bonito

Available colors: Black, light gray, and khaki

While most basic cropped tanks sport a pretty casual look, this piece from Love, Bonito elevates the style with an elegant V-neck and straight straps that add structure to the silhouette. The top’s ribbed construction adds texture to the fabric, giving it a more distinct look and an overall dressier aesthetic.


Available online.

Ribbed Crop Top (P495) from Bershka

Bershka ribbed crop top
PHOTO BY Bershka

Available colors: White, black, and brown

Up front, this cropped tank from Bershka looks like your average halter top with a high neckline, straps circling towards the nape, and a silhouette that tapers towards the shoulders. All that in mind, the piece makes a great basic top—we especially love the ribbed texture—but take a look on the other side and you’ll find a back-bearing racerback cut that shows off your skin and shoulder bones. Talk about business in the front and party in the back.


See a list of Bershka stores.

Halfway There Tee (P998) from Recess

Recess halfway there tee

Available colors: White, gray, navy, and yellow

If you’re all about ultra-chill, oversized fits, this tee from Recess would be right up your alley. It sports a semi-cropped cut that falls right between the hips and waist, wide-but-short sleeves, and a high neckline. You can wear it with any casual ensemble or even with your workout clothes.


Available on Recess' website and Zalora.

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