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Ab Fab: The Midriff is Back

Belly-baring styles make a carefree comeback...

Posted March 26, 2012

Crop TopA decade back, pop princesses like Britney ushered in a few seasons of belly-baring, low riding youth quake style. This time around, the crop top is decidedly more adult with fashion houses like Viktor & Rolf, and Proenza Schouler taking a crack at midriff accentuating styles. These tiny tops are for the chick with oversized style and confidence.

The big difference between these sophisticated takes on the ab-tastic top trend and its forebearer lies not in the top, but the bottom. Banish those low slung slacks, opting for retro style high waisted skirts and menswear style pants. Pair with polished accessories and lady-like makeup to keep the look clean and chic.

For a sexy waist baring look with a bit more coverage, the cutout trend has moved to the midsection. Up and comers like Amber Heard have been taking this look to the red carpet. Take a cue, and go for cutouts, for evening attire with an edge.

Not content to bare so much skin? Sheer layers and illusion looks give a hint of sexy, but up the coverage quotient. Go with a midriff top over or under another sheer piece for the feel, if not the bareness, of the style.

Don’t be afraid to let it hang out a little this spring. Follow our tips to keep this look sexy and sophisticated, and don’t be shy about showing off that middle!


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