Crotch baring dresses fashion trends faux pas bella hadid

“Flaunt your collar bones,” they said. We did.
“Show off your curves,” they said. We hesitated a little but, eventually followed suit.
“Flaunt your pelvic bones (and then some),” they said. And, FINALLY, we decided to exercise the use of the word NO.

The crotch-baring trend has stolen the show from yesterday’s side-boob and ancient under-boob. In sober terms, this trend is all about maxis with slits that go all the way up to the waist, showing far more than necessary. All this while you’re going commando (no panties, please). It’s only been spotted on celebrities so far (thank God).

Despite the overexposed striking tan lines, and on the whole, way too much of yourself on public display, the crotch-baring trend does have its takers. Any wonder we’ve been keenly following this fad on the pages of the internet thinking, what next? It’s like watching a car crash—you obviously don’t want to stare (because it’s not a very nice thing to do), but isn’t a wardrobe malfunction inevitable? Or is that the whole point? The gimmick, the shock-(and-awe) hook, so to speak?

Some scowl at the trend for being vulgar and some say it’s a woman’s prerogative to do with her body as she pleases. These celebrities sure seem to agree with the latter:

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Naomi Campbell at the Cannes International Film Festival, 2011
While there was intrigue in this black number, there still remained a mystery. This was the only time that the crotch-baring dress (although not christened at the time) was appreciated. Why? Because it wasn’t quite as in your face.

Iggy Azalea at the MTV Europe Music Awards, 2013
True to her style, she went ahead and adjusted her C-string quite openly on the red carpet.

Kendall Jenner at the Much Music Video Awards Canada, 2014
It would seem that our now favourite IT girl has also embraced the trend and while we loved the embellishments on the form-fitting Fausto Puglisi gown, we think it would be just as impressive without the pelvis-high slits.

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Bella Hadid at the Cannes Film Festival, 2016
This was the one time that the standard set by Campbell was sustained. Bella Hadid was the talk of the town on the fashion circuit for months. Her angelic updo and minimal jewellery proved to be pretty additions that tamed the otherwise risqué style.

Giulia Salemi, and Dayane Mello at the Venice Film Festival, 2016
These two proved all that we were afraid of. Their dresses were cut to the waist (not just the pelvis) and revealed way more than we wished to see. If this is what’s next, then thanks, but no thanks.

Working The Trend
Clearly, if the vagina cleavage (yes, that’s the other name for the crotch-baring trend) is your jam, then there are a few things to keep in mind in order to keep it classy:

  • Stylists recommend adhesive underwear and the trusty C-string.
  • You could also opt for a flesh-toned thong that won’t reveal the nooks and corners of your insides.
  • Keep the height of the slit contained at the pelvic bone. If you choose to take it higher up to the waist, opt for one side slit instead of two like Hadid.
  • Stand, as much as possible, with your legs beside each other; crossing them over can take the look from sexy to tacky pretty quickly.
  • Rely on your hands or a bag to contain your modesty, especially on a windy day.

No, this is not appropriate street wear. And while we’re all for movements like ‘Free The Nipple’ and believe that knickers should be optional, a sense of occasion coupled with basic dressing etiquette is quite basic—does not make us a prude. For your everyday fix, a skirt or dress with a thigh-high slit works just as well to make you feel, and look sexy. If you want to push the envelope further, make sure you’ve got all your bases covered (pun intended).

PS: We’d love to hear what you think about the crotch-baring trend. Leave us your thoughts in the comments section.

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