In fashion parlance, Midriff is generally used as a courteous synonym for belly or for waist. The midriff exposing is not something new we are seeing but it has been coming back & forth for many decades; especially it gets attention when wearing a crop top or bikini. The cholis worn by Indian women also exposes a thin section of midriff, but the garment is a mark of traditional modesty and not else.
Pop singers like Jennifer Lopaz, Britney Spears and Shakira are well known for adorning midriff exposing costumes and we all know how best they take control of that part like no one else could. Its inevitable though only those with flat toned abs can confidently flaunt this trend.
If we see, shortening of hemlines has been going on from quite some time but showing a sliver of stomach is the new erogenous zone. The Spring 2012 collections had many designers showing explicative pieces of exposed midriffs in just the right proportion. What's the best part of these designer wear, I would like to appreciate is that the belly button was kept covered, which prevented those ensembles to look nasty or indecent. Hence the whole look was very chic. There were crop tops layered under suits & high waist skirts, midriff-baring bra tops, bodysuits, knee-length dresses to name a few.
|Carven, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci|
|Roland Mouret, VPL, Aquilano Rimondi, Prada|
|Anthony Vaccarello, Nina Ricci, No21, Proenza Schouler|
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