Both on the runway and the red carpet, middles have been showing up everywhere. The chicest way to wear this happening fashion trend? A high-waisted skirt and a cool edgy crop top. If you dare to bare and want to rock summer's sexiest separates, seek inspiration from the biggest names in fashion and Hollywood. From casual combinations to fancier pairings, we've got you fully covered when it comes to mastering this season's hottest sartorial duo.
Katy Perry's Graphic Line
To contour your shape, seek inspiration from Katie Perry's graphic printed set which manages to be both sexy and sophisticated. Take styling notes from Katie's rocking ensemble and look for figure-flattering accents like the thick black bands and lines on this pretty duo, which further highlight Katie's trim form by contouring her shape.
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Selena Gomez's Flamenco-Inspired Set
Not all high-waisted skirts have to be form-fitting. Selena Gomez's high-low skirt gives this trend an even flirtier appeal. When choosing a similar combo, do like Selena and opt for sexy hues like a sizzling hot red or a vibrant fuchsia and mix it up with a more neutral pairing like white or gray.
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Diane Kruger's Sophisticated Black and White Combo
Diane Kruger exposed her svelte midriff in a cropped short sleeve shirt. A matching high-waisted midi-length taffeta skirt kept the look more sophisticated than risque. When going for an elegant combination like Diane, follow suit by opting for matching black and white accessories.
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Rihanna's Sexy Chained Version
Silver chains take Rihanna's fashion-forward getup to a whole new level of sexy. Styled over a basic but edgy white crop top which she paired with a high-waisted leather skirt, Rihanna shows the importance of accessories when trying to elevate a look via several studded leather wrap bracelets and platform booties.
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Jonathan Saunders' Matching Metallic Stripes
Edgy and spotlight-worthy, British fashion sensation Jonathan Saunders showed off this high-fashion trend in a matchy striped metallic version in his Spring 2013 collection. If opting for a matching skirt and top, beware of trend overload by toning down the rest of your accessories.
Dolce & Gabbana's Shy Belly
If you're feeling midriff shy, but still want in on this fearless trend, seek inspiration from Dolce & Gabbana's Spring 2013 collection where models showed off a sliver of skin. The trick here is to look for a boxier, longer crop top which gives you the option of showing off your middle without such abandon.
Balenciaga's High Fashion Combination
On the other hand, if you're fully prepared to embrace this bold trend, take it up a notch or even better to a fancy occasion. Whether its a low-key soiree or an elegant fete, consider seeking inspiration from Balanciaga's Spring 2013 collection, where models showed off sleek tops paired with another big trend, tiered ruffled skirts.
Miu Miu's Coat Compromise
Another way to approach this figure-flaunting trend without feeling too exposed is by adding a jacket that synchronizes with the rest of your outfit. At Miu-Miu's Spring 2013 collection, models came out wearing matching car coats over a crop top. Translate this runway styling trick off the catwalk by adding a cardigan in a similar hue or a lightweight linen-blend jacket that covers, but still shows flashes of your stylish middle.