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Crop Tops Are for Every Body

By Ellie Herman--Following my college graduation, I gained a significant amount of weight in a matter of weeks. My jeans were suddenly too snug for comfort, and the waistband of my favorite shorts was now digging into my tummy, just below my belly button.

I knew that I needed those pounds, but the roundness of my new stomach looked odd to me; I was not used to feeling more like a pole than a board.

Some of my favorite shirts in summer are crop tops.  Staring at them in my closest now, though, I will admit, that “Can I pull off a crop top?” crossed my mind. Apparently, as the recent edition of O, The Oprah Magazine highlights, this is a common question crossing the minds of women today.

Adam Glassman, O's creative director, responded to the question: "If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one.”

Huh. Well. If that’s the case, then I guess I cannot wear one. Because I am overcoming an eating disorder, I am not allowed to show a sliver of my stomach?

When I had asked myself the question a few weeks ago, I had turned to my friends for advice. “You can wear whatever the heck you want to wear, girl,” they said. And hearing this, my own head cleared too.

I do not have to fit a mold created by the media for by my own mind to wear an outfit I feel good wearing. A crop top is stylish and comfortable. I like the ones that are breezy and light. I feel feminine and free.

And that is the main differing factor in O’s response and in my own thoughts on the matter. O’s team tells us who is free to wear a crop top. The correct assessment should be if you feel free in a crop top. We are all equally able to put on a shirt that shows our midriff. If we feel confident, comfortable, and free in that shirt, that is all the reason needed to wear it.

Luckily, other women are feeling free like me, and they are using the fierce hashtags #RockTheCrop and #PullingOffaCropTop to show their own favorite crop tops.

I applaud them all. Wearing a crop top is not a secret mission to cause harm to someone else, so there should be no regulations regarding who is free to throw one on and have a good time. If we follow O’s ideas, I would suspect my own neck is too short for a turtleneck sweater. Perhaps the nail on my second toe is too wide for peep-toe shoes. Maybe I should not feel free to wear a tank top because of that freckle on my shoulder.

When we start putting limits on everything, no one is free… and then no one is happy. Dress for your own freedom. Tonight I will wear my crop top and #RockTheCrop.

Aboout this blogger: Ellie M. Herman grew up in Selinsgrove, a small town in central Pennsylvania that boasts about its cows and high school football records. She is a 2015 graduate of Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She hopes to pursue a career in counseling psychology, perhaps after attending graduate school. Cars and sports are two of her other interests.

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