Why don't more men wear crop top ?

The question started by a joke about t*he hell for tall guys to find fitting T-shirts, like size L shows your navel every time you raise the hands, and size XL expect you to have some beer belly so you end-up floating on the clothes. Somehow at that poing better get a navel piercing and wear a crop tops like ladies do. *

So why did crop-top never became popular for men ? There was a few designer trying to sell some. But it’s not something you’ll see in the wild.

I can hear the whole But we’ll see overweight middle-aged men hairy bellies but it’s not like middle-aged overweight women don’t exist.

@Mubelotix@jlai.lu avatar

That body hair is private


Too fat, belly cold.


look silly


we’re fat

@Billy_Gnosis@lemmy.world avatar

They already tried that in the 80s



Tried? Succeeded!

@Schorsch@feddit.de avatar


@TonyTonyChopper@mander.xyz avatar

as a man this is insulting. I’m in this picture and I don’t like it 😂


Pat Roach is a true role model we can all aspire to, surely?


They’re afraid to be harassed, they’re afraid to look vulnerable or weak, they are afraid to be laughed at or humiliated for it, or they simply do not like the look of them.

A huge part of modern masculinity is an extreme fear of vulnerability. The entire concept of being “cool” is about “not giving a fuck” and letting no emotions get to you, staying calm in every situation, and basically having no strong opinions about anything.


There are some men that wear capris… and that’s already going too far.

@Fauzruk@lemmy.world avatar

Because being tight is considered a beauty standard for women, not so much for men. For men this is mostly upper body muscle (shoulder, arms). A vest top would he an equivalent, and you don’t see skinny guys wearing that either.

@dan1101@lemmy.world avatar

I don’t think I would want to even if they were popular.

chuso avatar

Some other already gave good possible explanations to this, but I am adding my own subjective uninformed view on this:

Not many people may actually like wearing crop tops but they do it for 'fashion' reasons and those fashion reasons so far dictated that women are the ones who have to wear them.

Me, as a man, haven't personally tried crop tops, but it feels to me like it would be uncomfortable. It feels actually uncomfortable to me when sometimes I wear an old t-shirt at home which has become shorter leaving some small lower parts of my back or abdomen uncovered. And it's not because of any social construct, I live alone and nobody can really care about what I wear, so it's not that. But it's like feeling cold on the lower back of my torso but warm in the upper part. It just feels uncomfortable.
That's just my personal feeling but I can imagine more people could feel the same.
So I can imagine wearing a crop top can give a similar uncomfortable feeling?

But sexualization of women required them to expose more parts of their body (most of their torso) while covering those ones not considered to be decent enough to be shown in public (breasts). But that sexualization and exposure of their bodies is something that is usually not so much required from men.

I think the original question asks why not so many mean wear crop tops as a choice they make, but I think it hasn't been so much a choice for women as it may have been a command from sexualizing fashion and the heteropatriarchy has determined that the uncomfortably and exposure of their bodies related to crop tops is something women have to wear not always because it's their choice but to comply with sexualized fashion standards.

I am not a woman or wear crop tops either, so I may be wrong on all this, I'm mostly just thinking out loud 😄


I roll up my top when I’m at home but imagine walking around like that. I’m not sure what they are called but I imagine it would be more easy to wear the baggy crop tops that look like mini ponchos/ shoulder dresses


Almost no men have the body for it but it does look good on the ones that do. Just like thongs


Sure as God's got sandals, it beats fightin' dudes with treasure trails.


Definitely not a “never” .

In fact I hail from a European culture where the traditional grab has men proudly showing ( a lot of) midriff. (Detva region in Slovakia)


As others mentioned western/American fashion had sporty types wear crop tops in the 70s-90s

Here is Will Smith wearing a crop top in Fresh Prince From Bel Aire imgur.com/a/0OAZRpi

And yes - if you hang in certain circles men wearing crop tops is still perfectly acceptable. But currently it’s usually associated with femme-presenting queer men of other wise gender noncomforming people.

Straight men seem to have have shunned the look (as they tend to) when it became associated with queerness.

And. Of course all of this is US centric. Plenty other cultures and fashions out there.

Ps: Yahoo seems to think it’s time to bring the crop top back. So hey - you can be a pioneer: yahoo.com/…/return-men-crop-tops-why-210039991.ht…


Mario Lopez used to wear them in the saved by the bell years too. Plus all the “hair bands” that wore them. In addition to the weight lifters and other “sports types”. They really were pretty popular for a bit there.

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