How to Tastefully Show Your Midriff: Do’s and Dont’s


The 90s are officially back in style. That means overalls, plaid, and yes, even crop tops. It seems like so long ago that Britney Spears made headlines for showing her midriff in the …Baby One More Time music video. Now, with spring here and summer not far away, midriffs are on full display. I’m talking everywhere: at the mall, your favorite restaurant, and even at the school library. Trends are definitely a good thing, but when it comes to showing skin, you’ve got to be careful.

If you’re ready to embrace crop top, bra let, and corset trends this season, pay attention! Here are some do’s and don’ts to tastefully show off your midriff:


Do: Wear a Cropped Shirt With Something High Waisted


There is a fine line between showing skin and showing too much skin. That is why high waisted skirts, shorts, and pants are always a good idea. They can perfectly compliment a midriff-baring top. Ideally, you want to show off an inch or two of skin – no more. That will keep it classy and still let you embrace the trend. So, when you go shopping for a crop top of your very own, don’t forget to look for a high waisted piece to wear with it. You’ll look polished, put together, and fashionable.


Don’t: Pair a Midriff Baring Top With Low-Rise Shorts


Nothing says fashion no-no like wearing a crop top with some low-rise shorts. While you may have seen plenty of girls around campus doing it, that doesn’t mean you have to! Showing off that much skin at one time isn’t flattering or tasteful. That’s why it’s important not to expose too much of your stomach and your legs all at once. If the weather is hot and you’re tempted to grab a pair of low-rise shorts, try pairing a crop top with a long, flowy skirt instead.

Do: Layer, Layer, And Layer



If you want to show off your midriff in style, layering is a great idea. Adding on a piece like a lightweight kimono or a sleeveless cardigan can give your outfit a little glamour – while keeping you covered up. It’s the best of both worlds! You can wear a super stylish cropped shirt without ever feeling overexposed. Layering gives you a bit of modesty and can help you feel better, too. Another option? Try layering on a sheer top!


Don’t: Wear Something You Feel Uncomfortable In


Have you ever bought a top that you totally love – until you put it on? Suddenly, you have buyer’s remorse. Here’s the thing: if you’re wearing something you’re not comfortable in, everyone can tell. You’ll spend your afternoon tugging at your tee, putting your purse on your lap, and wishing you brought along a sweater.


When it comes to showing your midriff, the most important ‘do’ is to be confident. Whether you’re showing an inch of skin or your entire stomach, make sure you look and feel great in what you’re wearing. After all, that’s what matters most!




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Shannon B
Shannon Boyce has always aspired to be a writer. She received her Bachelor of Arts from York University, majoring in Professional Writing, with a minor in Creative Writing. Since graduating, she has worked in freelance writing and runs her own blog related to fashion and beauty.