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Hot Flash Of Skin
The Upper Midriff

Dolce & Gabbana and Prada have gone retro this season, offering spring/summer collections that flaunt the exposed upper midriff made popular by pin-up girls, rockabillies, and ’50s-era jet-setting socialites. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to Gwyneth Paltrow has been baring skin in high-waisted skirts and pants topped with barely-there bustiers and cropped blouses. Fortunately, here’s one skin-flashing fashion trend that doesn’t require rock-hard abs to pull off. (Although that never hurts!) This silhouette is slimming, creating the illusion of a small waistline and killer curves while keeping muffin-top in check. Just be sure to keep the bottom half of the outfit modest: pair the exposed upper midriff with loose-fitting, tailored trousers or a ladylike skirt that is at least knee length — go too tight or too short, and you’ll look like an extra from a Britney Spears music video.

_ Stuff Boston