One of the big trends this season is the waffle top. It took be a bit by surprise because here in Wyoming, waffle tops are something we wear in the winter and not the summer. We call them thermals. But, the powers that be in the style world have decided to fly in the face of tradition and saturate the market with waffle tops for spring!
The descriptor “waffle top” refers to the fabric. It’s a bit hard to see the texture of these tops in the pictures above, but if you were able to zoom in, you would see that they have raised, nubby fabric. If you have ever bought a thermal tee to keep warm, you can compare the fabric to that. Of course, the spring waffle tops are not as heavy as what you might expect from a typical thermal top, so you can still wear them without getting hot.
The benefit to textured fabric is that the more body a fabric has, the less likely it is to lay against your figure and expose all of your lumps and bumps. Heavier fabrics are more figure flattering that lighter weight ones. Texture also helps draw the eye away from figure problems like muffin tops. This is because the sheer weight of heavier fabrics pulls them downward, creating a better drape.
The nature of the waffle fabric lends these tops to pair best with jeans or casual bottoms. Wearing them to work would be like wearing your thermal to work. I’m guessing your boss might frown on that. But, for a casual weekend, these tops make a great, trendy choice.