Crop tops are a celebrity staple when it comes to casual street style and festival, but recently the skin-baring look has been popping up all over the red carpet after dominating the Spring 2012 runways at Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Alexander Wang and Emilio Pucci.

When paired with high-waisted skirts and pants, this summer trend shows off a perfect slice of skin, without veering into ‘90s pop-star territory.

The goal of this new trend revival is not to show off your belly button, but rather just a sexy inch or two of skin around your midriff.

Kristen Stewart nailed the trend in a menswear-inspired look over the weekend, by pairing a Marios Schwab white crop top with high-waisted trousers and neon heels.

Go for a girlier look with inspiration from Freida Pinto in Salvatore Ferragamo, Jaime King in Proenza Schouler and Selena Gomez in Dolce & Gabbana and Scarlett Johansson in Dolce & Gabbana who all paired their crop tops with a flirty skirt.

You don’t have to pair your crop top with a high-waisted A-line skirt.

Other chic choices could include a high-waisted pencil skirt, pants, denim shorts, or a maxi skirt.

Will you be trying out this trend this summer?

Topshop Buttercup crop top Topshop US $45 and Topshop International £22
Dolce & Gabbana chili pepper-print cotton bustier Net-A-Porter international £535 / €545
Topshop embellished floral crop top Topshop US $84 and Topshop International £42
ASOS crop top $29.57
Reiss crop top Reiss US and Reiss UK £89
Leadlight cropped top Anthropologie £48

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