Can you wear a crop top at age 56? Angela Bassett thinks so!

By catherinekast
Updated January 08, 2015 10:06 PM
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From music festivals to the red carpet, crop tops are everywhere. But should the trend have an age limit? Angela Bassett doesn’t think so. She’s 56 and just wore one as part of a tuxedo-style ensemble at the premiere of her Lifetime movie Whitney on Tuesday in Beverly Hills. Oh, and she totally pulled it off.

Credit: Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic


Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic

She paired her white tank with a tailored blazer and slim-cut slacks, a nude mani and statement hoop earrings. Sounds like a recipe for crop top success no matter how old you are! Here are how three other stars pulled off the style and still managed to look on-trend without over-exposing themselves.


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20s: Sure, your teens and 20s might seem like the time to show it off, but stars often make more of a statement when they’re not letting it all hang out. 24-year-old Iggy Azalea’s People’s Choice Awards ensemble was much more demure than her body-con (or shall we say “booty-con”) performance looks.

30s: Also at the People’s Choice Awards, Katharine McPhee, 30, opted to show only a sliver of stomach but a little more than a sliver of sternum. The black-and-white palette is classic and muted enough to make the risqué cut feel modern. The cut of her halter is a not-so-obvious way to show skin (just in case you’re getting sick of classic cleavage).

40s: We know that not many ladies (regardless of age!) have Jennifer Lopez‘s six pack. But if you’re 45 like her and you’d like to try the trend, consider this more than just body inspiration. Bold suiting and statement heels are almost as eye-catching as the abs in this look, and the high neck, long sleeves and slouchy bottoms make for stylish ways to cover up.

Tell us: Can you be too old for a trend like crop tops?

–Catherine Kast