O Magazine Crop Tops
O Magazine tried to say that only those of us with flat stomachs can rock crop tops – but we’re about to prove them wrong.

Last night, my friend Tamar tagged me the above Q&A she came across while reading O, The Oprah Magazine. I was shocked to see this kind of body shaming language from any magazine, much less one named after a woman who has had her weight scrutinized throughout her career. Furthermore, I’d hoped in the era of the fatkini, plus size bloggers, and Instagram hashtags that we’ve moved beyond such narrow-minded thinking, but I can see now that it’s time for a show & tell.

One of the greatest things to happen to my wardrobe has been the rise in popularity of crop tops. For a lot of women they actually help us to create shape and a defined waist. Don’t even get me started on how well they pair with a midi skirt, high waist pants, and even with trousers in a creative office. Heck, I even rocked a crop top with a slim pencil skirt at The Curvy Con a couple of weeks ago and looked damn good (yes, toot toot beep beep).

Flat stomachs are like thigh gaps – we’re not all meant to have one. I know women who have worked out four hours a day, five days a week in pursuit of that dream only to be thwarted by genetics. But the good news is that crop tops can work for any woman, and to prove that statement to Oprah, O Magazine, and whichever staffer answered that question, check out the gallery below. I pulled these photos from the Instagram accounts of ladies who were kind enough to share them with me, all in the name of #rockthecrop. If you need to add more crop tops to your closet, keep scrolling for suggestions in all sizes!

  • Love this response! It is so disappointing to see outdated fashion rules based in body shaming kept alive by crap like this. I started a hashtag in response too: #pullingoffacroptop (because that is something every and any body can do if they want to)

  • Hells to the yes!

  • Hey Sarah – As I’m sure you noticed from the title of this post, I’m actually using the hashtag #rockthecrop. I was fortune that my friend Tamar was actually the origin of the screenshot that everyone is using and tagged me in the comments to alert me to this problematic language, and that is the hashtag that I have been using to communicate with my readers & friends. I’m sure that you can agree that our message to O Magazine and women everywhere is stronger when we are unified. So happy that you’re on board!

  • YESSSSS I’ll be upping my #rockthecrop usage very soon!!! <3

  • It’s so great because there are women of all sizes sharing their love of crop tops there! I thought it was important to merge our conversation with a safe & sizeless conversation that was already occurring. How great is this movement!?

  • <3 <3 <3

  • Sassue

    Problematic language, when do people take their feelings off their sleeves and realize that everything doesn’t look good on everybody? Geez, get over it! If the shorts are wider than they are long, I don’t wear them. If the shirt is wider than it is long, I don’t wear it. It doesn’t hurt my feelings to read an article in a magazine or hear a kid in the store pick up a plus size shirt and say two of us can fit in this. I have heard numerous plus size women pick up smaller clothes and say, I can’t fit this around my toe. Is that skinny shaming?!? People really need to chill out.

  • Hi! I’m happy to clear up any confusion that you might have. The language is problematic because it is body shaming and inaccurate. This isn’t a skinny vs fat issue – it’s an every woman issue. There are women at every size, not just plus, that don’t have a flat stomach. Women of every size can wear crop tops, and if you don’t choose to do so, that’s absolutely your prerogative. I would never want another woman to feel less than just because she was given incorrect information, and that is what happened here. Hope that helps to clear things up!

  • Sassue

    Just as it is your opinion, and several others, that plus size women should wear crop tops – isn’t this one writer’s/magazine’s opinion? When did sharing an opinion become “shaming”? From what I read from the excerpt, nothing derogatory was said about plus-size women. I wear plus sized clothes and personally don’t feel shamed by this statement. Not trying to be bullyish – just trying to point out that America is a free country that is being held captive by political correctness. I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond to my previous comment.