Karl Lagerfeld has been credited with saying that, “Fashion is the healthiest motivation for losing weight.” And while I’m not sure I completely agree, it’s certainly true that Spring 2012′s midriff-baring styles are enough to send any woman hurtling to the nearest treadmill.
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Don’t Call it a Comeback
It’s easy to point to the ’80s and declare this season’s look a replay, but the truth is, high waists and demure lines make the midriff of Spring 2012 more Marilyn Monroe than Madonna. Runways from the likes of Prada, Versace, Nina Ricci, Miu Miu, Dolce & Gabbana and beyond hosted models sporting bare midriffs and often high waisted, ladylike trousers and skirts.
Celebrities Weigh In
Not surprisingly, celebs have been amongst the first to jump on the bare ab bandwagon, perhaps relishing the opportunity to display the goods after spending hours at the gym. Gwyneth Paltrow was an early adopter when crop tops sprouted up last spring; she even showed her taut-tummy in a Pucci ensemble at last year’s Emmys. Singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey showed up, just days ago, on American Idol in a chic, white two-piece outfit with a full skirt and midriff-baring, high collared top.
How Low Will You Go?
So celebrities are on board. And models can clearly carry it off. But what about you and me? Can a real woman really afford to bare her belly, and be taken seriously? Maybe not, so certainly keep the midriff under wraps at the office (or under Spanx if that’s what you prefer.)
Since this look is really just about a taste of skin, not gratuitous nudity, you don’t have to be perfect of devoid or insecurities to carry off a crop top this season. This year’s look bares just a peep of toned midriff, not the expanse of entire six packs.
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What to Wear?
Retro-inspired styles abound, like ASOS’s white hemmed crop shirt ($35.81). While sporty-styles, like TopShop’s Gold Studded Tee ($44) pair well with everything from trousers to pencil skirts. And, for the most chic of looks, pair a crop top with a jacket by night. I like the Aztec Lace Crop Top in black, $32 at TopShop, best topped with a biker jacket of sorts.
And speaking of bikes, since embracing bare midriffs for spring will certainly appeal most to those who feel good in their own skin, there just may be a spin class or two in your future. Turns out Karl may be onto something after all.
So, ladies, do tell… will you show your abs this season?
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