Today’s crop tops have evolved into high fashion, red carpet fodder for celebrities and fashion-forward women alike, but we’ve latched onto this trend for more economical reasons. We’ve been saving money by making crop tops do double-duty as sari blouses.

crop top style trends

Indian women perfected the crop top-skirt combo (read: lehenga) centuries ago, but sometimes it’s nice to reinvent an old classic.

Last year my sister wanted to wear my polka dot digital print sari, but she didn’t have a blouse to match. Her fix? Her cream and blue floral print crop top from American Apparel. Summery and fun, the mix of prints was on trend, and even better, she didn’t have to buy a new sari blouse.

We’ve curated a selection of high street and designer crop tops that would look beautiful with a pencil skirt or high-waisted pants, and work wonderfully with a summer sari or lehenga bottom. Experiment with volume, structure, sleeves, fabric, and prints. A great way to reinvent an old outfit.

 

Get inspired with our Crop Top Style Guide and find the perfect top to do double-duty in your wardrobe. 

ASOS Boxy Top in Floral Jacquard
ASOS Boxy Top in Floral Jacquard

Boxy Kimono Top in Floral Jacquard, ASOS.com, $48.41 (on sale)

 

River Island Crop
River Island Crop

River Island Wrap Crop Top, ASOS.com, $47.33

 

Carven Beaded Crop Top
Carven Beaded Crop Top

Carven beaded waist crop top, Matchesfashion.com, $550

 

Ridhi Mehra Black Crop Top
Ridhi Mehra Black Crop Top

Black crop top with ivory floral detailing, Pernia’s Pop-up Shop, $139

Black crop top with ivory and silver embroidery, Pernia’s Pop-up Shop, $148

 

Ridhi Mehra Floral Crop Top
Ridhi Mehra Floral Crop Top

Ivory crop top with floral detail, Pernia’s Pop-up Shop, $138

 

Topshop Floral Applique Crop Top
Topshop Floral Applique Crop Top

Floral applique crop top, Topshop and The Bay, $50

 

ASOS Sweetheart Neckline Crop Top
ASOS Sweetheart Neckline Crop Top

Crop top with Bardot sweetheart neckline, ASOS.com, $11.83 (on sale)

Lace and Mesh Crop Top
Lace and Mesh Crop Top

BCBGeneration Crop Top in Lace and Mesh, ASOS.com, $64.54 (on sale)

 

Cut Work Crop Top
Cut Work Crop Top

Cut Work Crop Top, Zara, $49.99 (on sale)

 

Beaded Sleeveless Top
Beaded Sleeveless Top

Sleeveless embroidered blouse, Zara, $99

 

V-Neck Crop Top
V-Neck Crop Top

V-neck backless crop top, Zara, $19.99

 

Backless Crop Top
Backless Crop Top

Crochet backless crop top, Zara, $19.99 (on sale)

 

Crocheted Crop Top
Crocheted Crop Top

Dainty crocheted crop top, Forever 21, $14.06

 

Floral Print Spandex Top
Floral Print Spandex Top

Floral print cotton spandex crop top, American Apparel, $30

 

Purple Herringbone Devan Top
Purple Herringbone Devan Top

Roksanda Ilincic purple herringbone devan top, ssense.com, $985

 

Topshop Tropical V Top
Topshop Tropical V Top

Tropical V Bralet, Topshop at The Bay, $36

ASOS Mint Scuba Crop Top
ASOS Mint Scuba Crop Top

Girls on Film Scuba Crop Top, ASOS.com, C$38.73

 

ASOS Sequin Crop Top
ASOS Sequin Crop Top

Crop Top with All Over Abstract Ombre Sequins, ASOS.com, $96.81 (on sale)

 

Shivan Narresh Linen Crop Top
Shivan Narresh Linen Crop Top

Loop Knotted Linen Crop Top, shivannarresh.com, $154

Payal Singhal Ottoman Print Crop Top
Payal Singhal Ottoman Print Crop Top

Ottoman print crop top with churidar and skirt, Pernia’s Pop-up Shop, $401