Once in a while, a trend comes around that makes you wonder: "Should I go there, or shouldn't I?" This question rears its head with news that it's currently acceptable-dare I say, stylish-to show off "The Midriff", words which spark fear in some and a knowing spark in others.
Pioneered in the Fifties by the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe, who championed snug cropped jumpers with pencil skirts, and who could forget the Nineties, when a waify Kate Moss rocked grungy slashed-to-the-navel tees.
Well, it's back and the good news is that the new midriff is all about a subtle show, rather than an expanse of bare skin - waist-high flashes of flesh were spotted at Chloé, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Versace and Yves Saint Laurent.
Tips for wearing this trend: The key to "flashing" correctly isn't to think about the skin on the show, but the length of the top, and the height of the trouser, skirt or shorts you're wearing below it. The two pieces should almost meet in the middle, but not quite. Still too much flesh on show? Try pairing a top and bottom that meet exactly in the middle, so the peep of skin only appears when you stretch your body. Failing that, you can cheat your way to the look without showing any flesh at all.
|Yves Saint Laurent-SP/SU 2011|