February 2, 2015

midriff: is it really the new cleavage?

spring summer 2015 trend_midriff is the new cleavage

Last week Chanel debuted it’s Spring-Summer 2015 Haute Couture floral themed collection that included crystal encrusted tweed jackets, pastel colored suits, midriff-baring tops, A-line skirts, evening gowns, bridal gowns and of course the trademark little black dress (see complete collection here).

As I clicked through the photos two thoughts came to mind:

One, did Anna Wintour roll her eyes that Chanel had a floral themed lineup for spring


and two, some serious abdominal work is going to be required to carry off a look more suited to teens and impossibly petite models.

A bare midriff, paired against a backdrop of a well-tailored outfit, is in fact incredibly sexy as it’s unexpected and makes for an interesting change amidst collections that typically play up the legs or bosoms.

But again who actually will have the time to invest in pulling off this trend? What do you think? Love it or hate it?

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Haute Couture

  • Meeeeh. I’ve always felt unprotected wearing those – so I’m not a fan. To me, a naked belly in public is a somewhat submissive sign, on a very intuitive level if you know what I mean.
    YES: on a very hot summer day and/or in a summer holiday/beach situation where everybody and their cat are dropping their layers.

    • Haha Nath you crack me up. I normally agree with you on most things, but I don’t tend to see the act of baring the midriff as submissive, even on an intuitive level. I do however think that this body part spends most of the time covered up, and therefore exposing it can seem taboo, or as you said give a sense of not being protected, but at the end of the day it’s just flesh. And the human body is so beautiful that I think society needs to take a different approach to how people are made to feel when they do expose it.

      That being said it’s all about choice and I have yet to step out in public in a midriff baring top except on the beach!

  • I feel that this trend is great for slim girls who tend to have flatter chests but nice midriffs. However, it’s definitely not for everyone.

    • Totally agree! Even Karl Lagerfeld said that his clients would need to do a lot of work to make this trend work.

  • When I think about midriffs I always think about the 90’s and Anastasia who’s always been too old for that haha. But I do like the 00’s (are we there yet?) spin on it. It’s more elegant, I do think the majority of people can pull it off (I’m not taking in the waist-factor but the age-factor here). Yes, I even think a 60 year old could pull off a midriff with a high waisted skirt!

    I’m a total bohemian, so the style appeals to me. I only wished I lived somewhere else, I’ve got a few cut-off tops, but there’s really never the weather to wear them in north of Sweden – it’s either too cold or too hot, and mind, I live in a small town where it just looks weird dressing “chic/trendy”.
    You could say I’m buying clothes for whenever I’ll be moving…

    • I’m with you, midriff’s remind me of the 90’s, ripped jeans and flannel shirts. But I love that you mentioned the age factor! I suddenly got an image of Helen Mirren rocking a high waisted skirt and midriff…if anyone could pull it off it’s that woman 🙂 Wishing you a great day Isabel! xx