Trend alert: Bare bellies are back

June 2, 2011 at 11:19 AM ET

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Halle Berry isn't afraid to show some skin at the 2011 FiFi Awards on May 25, 2011 in New York City.

By Rachel Elbaum

On red carpets and fashion runways, bare midriffs have returned. But this crop of crop tops and cutout dresses are a classier bunch than their 1990s cousins.

These days just a hint of skin is on display, not the whole belly. Paired with high-waisted pants or skirts, the look is more about subtlety than showing off.

And good thing, too: A peek of skin takes the pressure off fashion-forward girls who don't have time to do crunches all day.

Some celebs who've jumped on the bare-belly bandwagon: Halle Berry, who totally rocked her cut out dress at the FiFi Awards on May 25. And Leona Lewis, who, on the other hand, wasn’t exactly praised for her scalloped-edge Tata Naka outfit: The U.K.’s Daily Mail said it looked “homemade.”

Other celebs spotted with bare midriffs include Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Chloe Sevigny, Ginnifer Goodwin, plus Leighton Meester and Megan Fox.

And while bare midriffs look fab on the red carpet, we're not sure we can wholeheartedly back a trend that keeps us from enjoying one of our other favorite trends: donuts.

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'90s flashback? Leighton Meester opts for a crop top at the Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 fashion show on September 15, 2010 in New York City.
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Polished, yet sexy: Rihanna gives a edgy update to a ladylike outfit at Macy's Lakewood Mall on February 18, 2011 in Lakewood, California.
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Jennifer Lopez flaunts her midriff for a taping of "Extra" at The Grove on March 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Camilla Belle gets gutsy with a full bare belly at 'From Prada To Nada' on January 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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