Sales in Pilates classes are set to sour this summer thanks to the season’s biggest top-style trend: the crop. But the welcome news for anyone not ready to bare all is there’s plenty more to being a crop-star than just venturing out in your sports bra. The old fashion cliche is in this case completely apt: it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it.

Early adopters like Gigi and Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Georgia Fowler have shown us how it’s done to laid-back street perfection all Northern summer long, just as fashion editors and models at the big four runway shows have supplied plenty of high-fashion ideas.

Read on for the 6 ways to style your sports crop top like a high fashion star this Spring/Summer season.

1. TEAMED With high-waisted pants

A go-to look for both Hadid sisters of recent time, this is one of the most on-trend looks for summer thanks to the resurgence of a plethora of ‘80s fashion trends. Pick paper bag pants a la model Luna Bijl, or hip-hop trackies like Bella Hadid, then match your crop and trainer colour to suit. Cool shades and chic hair optional, but recommended.

Bella Hadid in Los Angeles (Credit: Getty Images)
Luna Bijl outside the Haute Couture Fashion Week shows in Paris

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2. LAYERED UNDER A LOOSE collared shirt

This one’s a current GRAZIA favourite. Collared soft cotton shirt worn loosely over sports bra – ideally, one emblazoned with a giant logo as an ironic touch, given blatant logo-boasting is one of the biggest high fashion trends of the coming season. Style note: leave shirt open and either loosely knotted or unevenly tucked.

Liga Liepina wearing Zara shirt over her crop top in New York City (Credit: Getty Images)
Model Jay Jankowska outside the New York Fashion Week shows (Credit: Getty Images)
Lisa Hahnbueck wearing a checked Balenciaga men button shirt over her crop top in Berlin (Credit: Getty Images)

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3. TO VAMP UP A tailored pantsuit

This one’s not for the faint-hearted, but sure solves the conundrum of how to make your suit look more sass than secretary. It’s also a great option for fuller-busted ladies for whom the ‘bare chest under blazer’ look just isn’t an option. If you’re going for polish, match your crop colour to your two-piece and keep the logos to a bare minimum.

An editor outside the Pitti Uomo show in Florence (Credit: Getty Images)

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4. As a statement piece

For the times you just want to be out and proud. The trick here is to pick a high-fashion shape, like Georgia Fowler’s heavy-shouldered black crop with ring hardware. The hottest person in the gym, and just one cut-off denim short away from the perfect summer festival outfit.

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5. The naked look

A music lover at the Panorama Music Festival outside NYC (Credit: Getty Images)

No, not technically birthday suit stakes, but just sports bra as crop, worn unashamedly bare, like you mean it. With something decidedly non-sports on the bottom half, like palazzo pants, a maxi skirt, micro-shorts or jeans. Granted, not one for those who feel uncomfortable with their midriffs, but if you’ve got it, flaunt it girl.

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6. MATCHy-MATCHY STYLE

Think of this as the twinset for the cool crew. Matchy-matchy has been a thing in luxury runway fashion for several seasons, but now we’re seeing this extend to sportswear and street style. Matching trackie tops and bottoms. Matching sports bra to your workout leggings. Time to bring some balance to the force.

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