Proenza Schouler

Revealing midriffs risk triggering unwanted flashblacks of certain high school cheerleaders or ’90s chick flicks, but designers are offering a way to display skin in a more mature manner this spring. Enter the creative cutout, a cropped corner on one side of the waist to accentuate your curves. From Proenza Schouler came a bevy of patchwork flower dresses, cheekily revealing skin in strategic places and baring more on one side. Jason Wu’s runway featured a similiar cutout on Grecian draped dresses, while Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen used the technique on her many ruffled lace gowns. Whatever the variety, the pretty trend might just provide that extra incentive to work on those abs before the sizzling summer months.

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