BRACE yourself . . . the midriff is back in vogue with any supermodel worth her salt baring her well-toned abs.
Harking back to the Nineties Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse and Nina Agdal showed off their stomachs in cropped tops and slouchy trousers at DKNY’s 30th birthday bash.
This week, supermodels like Cara Delevingne proved that the crop top is back in fashion[/caption]
Yes, the favourite fashion accessory of pop princesses like Christina Aguilera and All Saints is back with a bang.
But you don’t need to start doing 1,000 sit-ups or starving to get a tricks-pack – our experts help you cheat your way to a super-middle.
Cara was joined by Suki Waterhouse, who also decided to channel her inner 90s pop princess on the red carpet[/caption]
Always stand tall
Anyone can rock a crop top but Fashion Editor Clemmie Fieldsend says the key is posture – make sure everything is sucked in rather than hanging out[/caption]
By shifting your weight to the balls of your feet and tightening your core, you are able to emphasise your waist[/caption]
CLEMMIE says: “It’s all about posture. Be mindful of the way you stand so everything is sucked in rather than hanging out.”
DON’T stand with your weight shifted to the balls of your feet as it makes the hips tilt forward and stomach stick out.
DON’T slouch your shoulders forward.
DO shift your weight to the heels of your feet and tauten your core by imagining you are doing up a zip and tightening a belt.
DO roll shoulders back, put hand on hip to emphasise the waist.
Top of the crops
Make sure your crop top isn’t too short, especially if you’re wearing a bra underneath[/caption]
Opt for a style where it sits at the narrowest part of the tum, it’ll shape your silhouette nicely[/caption]
DEPUTY Fashion Editor Clemmie Fieldsend says: “Wearing a crop top is not only for models. Just pick the right one for you, and show a sliver of flesh, not the whole stomach.”
DON’T choose a crop top that’s too short especially if you’re wearing a bra underneath.
Often the tight band of a bra can leave your silhouette looking a little bumpy, which is normal but not always the most flattering.
DO plump for a crop that sits at the narrowest part of tum – either on the waist or just below, like Cara’s and Nina’s.
This will leave you looking abs-olutely fab.
Work it out
You don’t need to do 1,000 sit ups a day to strengthen your core, focus on sitting properly and avoiding slouching[/caption]
Doing a plank is always a good way to activate your core[/caption]
FITNESS Editor Jenny Francis says: “A plank activates the entire core and all the muscles, so they will be tighter and you will naturally hold yourself in better posture.”
DO hold a plank for 30 seconds or as long as is comfortable while you are reading your phone or a book.
DON’T slouch but don’t feel like you need to do 1,000 sit-ups daily for a month before showing your tum, either.
You can make it up
Make-up artist Lisa Sloneem says you can contour your way to toned abs, just make sure they don’t end up looking like Peter Andre abs[/caption]
Use a soft brown eye crayon or eye shadow and blend in with bronzer and light shading[/caption]
MAKE-UP artist Lisa Sloneem says: “You can almost trick your way to toned abs with some clever contouring, and you don’t even need to buy body make-up or fake tan.
“Just make the most of your make-up.”
DON’T attempt to draw on a six-pack. Peter Andre abs are not flavour of the month.
DO use a soft brown eye crayon or eye shadow to draw semi circles on either side of your abdomen, then blend in with bronzer and light shading.
Be highly slung
It’s not all about the crop top, making sure your pair it with the right jeans is just as important[/caption]
Mom jeans are definitely the best option as they hide the tummy and skim the hips instead of sticking to them[/caption]
CLEMMIE says: “Finding the right cut and shape of trousers is essential. Mom-shaped jeans with a high waist and tapered leg are best.”
DON’T wear low-slung jeans that sit on the hips, right, as these will only highlight your middle and won’t give any coverage.
DO opt for mom jeans which hide the tummy and skim the hips instead of sticking to them. They also narrow towards the ankle, making the legs appear slimmer.
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Banish the bloat
Stop your stomach from bloating by avoiding poorly absorbed sugars, such as dried fruit, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, or starchy carbohydrates[/caption]
Instead, fill your diet with fibre-rich vegetables such as broccoli, courgette and spinach[/caption]
NUTRITIONIST Kim Pearson says: “If you’re in a hurry for a flat tummy, the key focus is to avoid anything that is likely to bloat you.
“There is absolutely no need for crash diets.”
DON’T eat poorly absorbed sugars, such as dried fruit, fruit juice, fizzy drinks, or starchy carbohydrates or gluten (bread or pasta), as these foods can cause bloating.
DO eat fibre-rich vegetables such as broccoli, courgette and spinach to help food move through the digestive system, and opt for grains (brown rice or quinoa) and healthy fats (walnuts).
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