February 18, 2013Get The Look
Will You Try The Midriff Trend?
Spring's bare midriff trend runs the gamut of mere slivers of skin to full-on, belly-baring looks, and everything in between. Though showing any part of the stomach can be a scary endeavor, the key to pulling off this look is understanding your comfort zone and finding the right pieces to create a chic result. Not sure what midriff-baring level is right for you? From ladylike to rebel, we break down three different ways to try the trend. **Lady** The "lady" level--as we're calling it--is proof this trend doesn't have to be overly revealing. Showing only an inch or two of skin, it is both the easiest and most universally flattering way to wear the look. The goal is to pair an abbreviated top with a high-waisted skirt that hits at the knee, as this will balance the outfit for a modest outcome. **Key Pieces:** Miu Miu Cropped Cashmere and Silk-Blend Cardigan ($530); Isabel Marant Chai Cropped Knit ($495); Heather Pencil Skirt ($132); James Perse Ruched Pencil Skirt ($165). **Flirty** If you want to take it up a notch, consider the "flirty" level. Revealing only the upper portion of your stomach, the look instantly highlights your waist and is a great option for summer BBQs or a music festival. Start with a crop top that falls just below the bust line, and then add trousers that sit high on the waist, above the navel. A belt will help give the appearance of a smaller waist. Feeling nervous still? Add a shirt knotted at the waist for more coverage. **Key Pieces:** Tucker Floral-Print Stretch-Silk Crepe de Chine Bustier Top ($215); Topshop Binding Crop Top ($32); ASOS Pants with High Waisted Zip Front ($70). **Rebel** The "rebel" look is reserved for those seeking an advanced level in midriff-baring--svelte stomach required. In this case, you want to embrace extremes when it comes to your top and bottom options. That means a crop top that falls right under the bust line and a low-slung skirt or pants that sit at your hip bone. **Key Pieces:** Topshop Crop Sweater ($60); ASOS '90s Crop Top with Long Sleeve ($18); M Missoni Cotton-Blend A-Line Skirt ($695); Helmut Lang Fluid Crepe Pants ($345).