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As we predicted last year, a menswear crop top revival was just around the corner; as if the style was just waiting for the vestiges of toxic masculinity to further crumble before popping up on the runway.

When I wrote about my suspicions of a comeback back in May 2019, some incensed twitter users were prompted to @ me, pointing out that, actually, crop tops have never gone away and are a stalwart staple of modern queer clubbing culture.

Okay sure, it’s true; along with fanny packs, harnesses, and discarded vials of GHB, you will see crop tops on the dance floor. But my point was, like, what if you want to wear a designer one?

Well, soon you can. In the recent fashion weeks held in Paris, Milan, Florence, and London, brands such as Gucci, Fendi, GMBH, Han Kjobenhaven, Qasimi, Bianca Saunders, and Telfar all showed tops cut above the naval.

Gucci FW20
Getty Images / Photo by Pietro S. D'Aprano/Getty Images for Gucci

The mining of queer aesthetics for inspiration is a part and parcel of the fashion industry, and sometimes it misses the mark. Just look at Virgil Abloh’s “harnesses” for Louis Vuitton from last summer. It was a product that felt a little forced, even Timothée Chalamet couldn’t really pull it off, which has to mean something. If the human clothes hanger (a compliment) with the perfect head of hair looks bad in your creation, it just wasn’t meant to be.

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However, it seems that now we live in a world where public figures such as Billy Porter have, to a certain extent, normalized the idea of men in dresses on the red carpet, and men’s make-up ranges are popping up all over the place to different degrees of success. Surely gender norms (as far as fashion and make-up are concerned) are slowly dissolving, spurred by consumerism. The decision by major fashion houses to present these midriff-baring tops on the runway reflects the changing times.

The above designs are pulled from the FW20 collections, meaning you have the next six months to prepare your stomach for the looks that you’ll want to pull off in about six months' time. If you want to get ahead of the trend, check out some of the cropped products that are available below, including men's and gender-neutral pieces from the likes of Maison Margiela, Pyer Moss, and Raf Simons.

Ludovic de Saint Sernin

Cropped-hem Drawstring-neck Satin Shirt

$538

Ludovic de Saint Sernin

Buy at Matches

Bianca Saunders

Creased Cropped Cotton-blend Top

$142

Bianca Saunders

Buy at Matches

Raf Simons

Wool Smiley Sweater

$602

Raf Simons

Buy at ssense

Eckhaus Latta

Cropped Cotton-jersey Hooded Sweatshirt

$176

Eckhaus Latta

Buy at Matches

Pyer Moss

AOP Logo Cropped Hoodie

$212

Pyer Moss

Buy at ssense

Maison Margiela

Flamingo-print Satin And Tweed Cropped Jacket

$1119

Maison Margiela

Buy at Matches

Alexander Wang

Cropped Bi-Layer Sweater

$241

alexanderwang.t

Buy at ssense

S.R. STUDIO LA. CA.

Denim Cropped Jacket

$795

S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA.

Buy at ssense

Khaite

Dotty Cropped-hem Striped Cashmere Sweater

$1420

Khaite

Buy at Matches

MM6 Maison Margiela

Logo-print Cropped Cotton-jersey T-shirt

$63

MM6 Maison Margiela

Buy at Matches
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