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The Exposed Midriff: Innie Or Outie?


It was probably inevitable: After realizing they couldn’t make shorts any shorter, designers have flipped the switch and dropped hemlines, making a sliver of stomach the new erogenous zone. The Spring collections found everyone from the Mulleavy sisters at Rodarte to Donatella Versace at Versace showing suggestive slices of toned (but of course) midriffs. While bandeau and lingerie-inspired looks have abounded the past several seasons, this time around, designers were careful to expose just the right proportion of skin. (We’re not talking Britney Spears redux here.) For Vena Cava‘s Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, the key is keeping the belly button under wraps. The design duo told, “Showing the lower portion of your midriff is tacky, but the upper portion feels very chic, like something Bette Davis would’ve done with high-waisted shorts and a printed bandeau.” For those skittish about exposing so much skin, they suggest layering the tops over bodysuits and leotards. As for the rest of us, let the crunches commence.

Click here for a slideshow, and let us know if your torso is ready for prime time.



  1. dodence_bt says:

    I HATE this trend. I’ve always hated it and I still will. I find this the tackiest thing possible. I bet it won’t be long until low cut jeans and jean skirts come back along with knee-length boots and tied shirts.. uhh, gross!

  2. tinnastar says:

    hhaha,i agree ;))

  3. ionamoss says:

    i think it looked nice at Marc Jacobs and Hakaan, but other than that i’m not really feeling this trend…. i think you have to get iit just right for it not to look tacky or plain ugly!

  4. Unstableboy says:

    I feel like Adams copied me…

  5. NotMod1 says:

    Even a trend can be unacceptable, yes?

  6. lainypear says:

    Obsessed! Seriously, love it.

  7. poggapeach says:

    Likes it. Just a sliver of skin showing is nice – not the whole stomache.

  8. LeTalonBas says:

    It can be flattering when the belly button is covered, allowing all sizes to show a little peek.

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