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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Exposing Midriff: Now vs. Then

John Marine | 9:59 PM | | | |
(UPDATED: July 29, 2013)

By now, you may have seen lots of fashionable types expose midriff. Thinking about this trend makes me wonder- what works with exposing midriff today than, say... the mid-late 1990s? This blog post is an offshoot of my blog posts related to cropped tops and exposing midriff. It is more of a commentary piece than any usual detailed post of mine. It is a separate discussion on what makes the trend of baring midriff more accepted and stylish today compared to the last time baring midriff was attempted.

JUST SO YOU KNOW... Depending on traffic and interest, this post may stand or may simply be deleted and added to my "Exposing Midriff" blog post here on "StyleSpace by JBM."


JUL 29 2013 - made some edits

--- Exposing Midriff: Now vs. Then ---

Many people have frowned upon the midriff-baring of the 1990s when the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera bared their seductive bellies. In the sense of "monkey see, monkey do," the influence of such seductive ladies gave many girls the inspiration to show their midriff or at the least, show off their navels. Here is some insight on cropped tops from AMIClubwear's YouTube channel:

^ "Crop Tops - 90's Inspired Looks" (visit their website at or subscribe to their YouTube channel at

Now back to my commentary...

Midriff Baring - Then.

Looking and feeling hot was no big thing if you were a super-hot celebrity or recording artist. Others confident in their attractive bodies wanted to emulate the sort of appeal offered by the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

What I think led to the demise and dislike of midriff-baring back then was mostly about trying to be too seductive. Showing off your midriff was one thing, but looking sexy also involved wearing some low-rise bottoms. Almost like you're trying to show off more than you really want to. Low-rise bottoms can offer immense seductive appeal. However, there are some negatives to those who dare wear low-rise bottoms- muffin top issues and the discomforting feeling of offering a peek of your panties or butt crack. Not every [mostly teen and young adult] female was that confident showing off how their bodies in such a manner. Even fewer were attractive enough to pull off the look so successfully and be complimented for their looks.

Showing off your midriff in the past was mostly done by slim females. It may even be to say that the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were to get more females to be encouraged to work out to look as hot as these two ladies did.

Midriff Baring - Now.

If you want to take in the midriff-baring looks of today, you need not be slim and slender. In fact, thicker females have shown to take in the new midriff-baring style along with a handful of more slender types. There is a new style to this trend.

I think what has changed between the '90s and today's midriff baring is more about showing only so much and more importantly- body acceptance. Mostly slim and slender females were reluctant to bare their midriff while most of society frowned upon the notion of more curvy body types trying out midriff-baring looks. However, a big difference has been in today's midriff baring compared to the past- mostly that of high-waist bottoms. You are still showing some skin. Only difference is that you don't have to show off all of your belly or lower back. You can if you want to, but less is more these days.

There just seems to be more confidence with midriff baring these days compared to in the past. Midriff baring, often seen as a casual deal, has a bit more sophistication these days. One of the most recent ways to show midriff is through wearing bralettes (or bralets). Think of celebrities like Selena Gomez and Katy Perry in regards to some of today's midriff baring.

These are just commentary pieces regarding midriff-baring. What do you think is different about midriff-baring today compared to in the '90s (and even before the '90s)?

--- Exposing Midriff: Then and Now - Final Thoughts ---

I created this blog post just to share some observations in regards to today's midriff baring trend and this trend taking off the way it is. It just seems like this newer style of baring midriff offers a touch more confidence and offers a much different sort of style compared to how most midriff baring was in the mid-late 1990s and early 2000s. Part of this newer confidence mostly lies in the style of high waisted bottoms. I never had a problem with the '90s midriff exposure being a guy. However, this newer style of midriff baring is just as enticing as the '90s style midriff baring, only there is a lot more confidence and appeal to this style today. More than anything, the confidence even lends itself to midriff baring by more curvy and thicker figures.

What Do You Think?

How do you feel about midriff baring today compared to in the past? What do you think has helped make midriff-baring more stylish today compared to the past attempt at this look?

Cross-Promotion/Other Reading.

I am always looking for more views to my related posts. So if you love my blog posts, maybe these will interest you if you enjoyed this topic. Click on these links to read some of my past blog posts. I always appreciate your comments (as long as they aren't spam or anything destructive):

"Exposing Midriff" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ This post is all about baring midriff.

"Body Acceptance" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ This blog post is all about body acceptance in regards to fashion, which is a BIG part of what has made midriff baring trendy even for curvy females.

"Plus Size Fashion" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ Who said plus size females can't rock the midriff baring trend? Even curvy females have embraced the midriff baring trend, proving you don't have to be slim and slender to show some midriff. The popular topic from "John's Blog Space" is here on "StyleSpace by JBM" for all of my curvy female audience to enjoy.

"High-Waisted Bottoms" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ This blog post is all about various high-waist bottoms. Cropped tops and high waisted bottoms are a common combination.

"Cropped Top with Skirt" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ This post is about the look of wearing a cropped top with a skirt.

"Bralettes (or Bralets)" (StyleSpace by JBM)
^ Do you love bralettes? If so, you probably rocked a bralette to go with some bottoms. Midriff-baring in bralettes is what this post is all about.

I would recommend you check out my other blog posts just so you can see some of the many different topics I've covered in addition to what you just read here.

That is all. Feel free to tell me what you think about this topic. Thank you for reading!

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