When BBC producer Darren Marshall tweeted instructions on Monday direct from Public Health England on how to make a protective face mask from a T-shirt, it unintentionally sparked a queer fashion frenzy. You see, by following their simple instructions you will not only end up with a new face mask — but a super cute crop top as well!
Crop tops have gone in and out of fashion in terms of straight men, but the belly-baring look has been an enduring style staple among gays. Still, the tweet had us fondly remembering the days (aka, the 1980s and 90s) when crop tops were sported by some of Hollywood’s hottest hunks — Johnny Depp, Carl Weathers, Will Smith, and Mark Wahlberg, to name a few.
Fortunately these days, there are occassionally some fashion-forward hunky straights, like Kid Cudi, who are man enough to brave the crop. And we're truly grateful.
Though we’re fairly certain Public Health England’s intentions were to help ensure the health of its citizens rather than revive a sexy queer fashion trend (although we have to say, the queers never stopped wearing the item,) we’re very glad it did. And just in time for this June’s virtual and socially distanced Pride celebrations! Now all we need to figure out is which tie-dyed rainbow tee to use for the project.