Previously reserved for teeny bopper sensations and barn dancers, the mid-drift tied shirt has certainly been hiding in the fashion shadows of late. A gutsy style move irreverently rocked by fashion gurus like Man Repeller's Leandra Medine, most of us would stay clear of garbing a mid-waisted shirt in fear of committing fashion's biggest faux pas.
Well, after some serious style inspiration from runway shows across the globe, we're ready to walk the sartorial tightrope and embrace this latest catwalk coup with all the grace and confidence of a prime-time NYFW model. With bellybuttons proudly on show from Marant to Mugler, the re-emergence of high waisted pencil skirts and cummerbund-style pants welcomed a return to ladylike elegance - where wasp waists rule supreme.
Accentuating your smallest point, mid-drift can be a subtle, sexy flash of flesh without any of the vulgar undertones. Paired with a multitude of different feminine separates, make a knotted shirt and high-waisted combo the standout ensemble in your autumn fashion week collection. For a look that is super slimming and very sexy, exaggerate your silhouette for a look that gives long, lean legs and a cinched mid section.
Hoping to bag some fashion gold stars? Embrace sanguineous shades with this Carven tulip wool-blend winner, sultry thigh high Jimmy Choo heels and belted Yak coat from Lemaire – all teamed with the soft, silk Hepburn shirt tied just above the ribcage for a teaser of what lies beneath. Making sure you nail the all important centre piece to your outfit, keep the cut of your lower half high-waisted - ensuring that not too much skin is showing and flattering the waistline by cinching and gathering fabric above the hips, bringing the eye to the mid section, and lengthening the lower body.
Adding a little spice to our ol' faithful white shirt, raise the fashion bar and create your own interchangeable fashion fad for fall, integrating a modern line up of wearable separates from catwalk heavy hitters. A sophisticated feature with sex-appeal however you wear it, add a fresh spin to tired autumnal trends with a glimpse of mid-drift, bringing a little heat back into your seasonal wardrobe.
Pictured above: Lemaire belted yak coat, Carven tulip skirt, Jimmy Choo stretch leather over the knee boots, VAUGHAN long sleeve silk shirt