Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Sexy Midriffs, Unique Cutouts and Shoes That Should Be Left In the Closet

01/24/2014 at 05:55 PM ET

Trend report: sexy midriffs, unique cutoutsGetty; AP; Splash News Online

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw lots of skin and a pair of shoes that need to walk themselves off the red carpet.

Up: Bare Midriffs. The frigid east coast temperatures can’t stop some of our favorite ladies from showing off their toned tummies (and making us want to do crunches at our desks). Maria Menounos chose to display a sliver of skin with a Black Halo ensemble while Jena Malone opted for a black bustier and matching asymmetrical skirt. Solange Knowles and Vanessa Hudgens took fashion risks by wearing printed crop tops (which do you prefer, bugs or bats?). Even pregnant Kerry Washington got in on the skin-showing game at the SAG Awards, wearing a custom-made Prada crop top; that showed off her baby bump.

Up: Unique Cutouts. Stars who didn’t display their abs this week instead showed skin via strategically placed cutouts. Abbie Cornish made us do a double-take at her daring dress for the RoboCop photocall in Beverly Hills; Emmy Rossum had a complicated series of cutouts in the bodice of her two-tone J.Mendel halter, while Emma Roberts proved that we can still be surprised by cutouts in her black-and-white Cushnie et Ochs dress.

Down: These Shoes. We love how relaxed and chic newlywed Kaley Cuoco looks in her outfit –- but those shoes take “comfortable” to a level we don’t often see on the red carpet, and for good reason. We are all for shoes that don’t give the wearer blinding pain, but may we suggest a pair of cute oxfords, like Jena Malone wore, or the Louboutin sandals Emma Thompson sported at the SAG Awards? There’s no excuse for scuffed, witchy loafers with a floor-length skirt.

Even more red carpet trend reports:
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Yellow Dresses, White Pumps (Still!) and the Hemline That’s on the Decline
Red Carpet Trend Report: Brought to You by the Cast of Girls
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Winter White, Sleek Side-Parts and Retiring the Flowy Maxi Dresses

–John Soper

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