We’re not talking cropped tops this season, but cutouts. Yes, designers are skimping on their fabric in the middle and cutting out the sides, the back, even the front of garments! But no belly buttons please! The tasteful way is to show just a hint of skin above the belly and below the bandeau, a la Brigitte Bardot.
Think your tummy is not tight enough? Never fear. Back into the challenge by showing a little bit of back instead.
Thanks to a few well-conceived styles from Elizabeth and James, one can wear a stylish flouncy top with back cutouts and still appease the fashion gods with a breezy back. A little yoga and an occasional hike can get us into the open back comfort zone and even give us a little room to eat and drink at a cocktail party, where you could well be exposing more than the latest gossip.
So shoppers beware. Cutouts are coming in heavy. You be prepared to look hot.