Summer 2012 is all about showing a little skin, and we’ve got just the trend to help you do it: the bare midriff. With designers from Versace to Proenza Schouler and celebrities from Freida Pinto to Rihanna putting a chic, tasteful spin on the cutoff top, there’s a whole new set of reasons to rock your favorite Indian blouse.
When it comes to the midriff, no designer does it better than Dolce & Gabbana. By pairing structured midriff blouses with 1950s-inspired high-waisted skirts, the design powerhouse gives a softer, totally tasteful edge to the tummy-baring bustier. Spring Summer 2012 collections from Versace, Preen, Proenza Schouler and Emilio Pucci all play up the midriff, pairing the crop top with a variety of separates.
Where designers go, celebrities always follow. Gwyneth Paltrow wore a stunning, black beaded Emilio Pucci skirt and blouse to the Emmy Awards, Kate Bosworth recently bared her tummy in a Proenza Schouler look, and Freida Pinto rocked a nautical-inspired midriff top and matching A-line skirt at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. (And did you see her recent midriff-baring photo spread in Flaunt Magazine?) But our favorite variation of this summer trend is definitely pairing a midriff top with trousers for a more casual look, a style we’ve spotted on Rihanna, Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lopez.
Every Indian fashionista knows that a chic blouse is one of the best ways to spice up a saree or salwar, but Summer 2012 is the perfect time to give your brocade blouse a Western spin. Luxemi’s Black Brocade Blouse by White Orchid has stunning gold brocade work, a deep-V neckline and a length that’s perfect for pairing with a high-waisted skirt or pants.
For a more casual look, we love matching the blouse with this ASOS Peplum Waist Skirt, which has a modest knee length that keeps this look on-par with runway trends. And for a night out, this Marc Jacobs Brocade Prairie Skirt provides just the right pop of color and brocade work to contrast gorgeously with the blouse. Luxemi also loves pairing this brocade blouse with a classic pair of black pants like these Tuxedo Wide Leg Trousers from Viktor & Rolf. By going with a wide-leg cut with your trousers, you’ll balance out the form-fitting cut of the blouse for a fresh, sophisticated look.
Luxemi’s Bare Your Midriff Promotion
Enter to win the Black Brocade Blouse featured in this post (a $128 value!). Between now and June 23rd*, visit Luxemi’s Video Genie and record a 30-second video explaining how you’d style the Black Brocade Blouse if you’re chosen as the contest winner. Is there a piece in your closet you’re dying to pair it with? Do you like the looks with pants or a skirt? Let us know!
* Best response will be chosen as winner. Video must be recorded and approved between Thursday, June 14 at 10 a.m. PST and June 23 at 10 a.m. PST.