Audrey Hepburn had her little black dresses; Alexa Chung has her Peter Pan collars. Indeed, most style stars have at least one fashion item they’re rarely spotted without—and in the case of our April cover girl Lily Collins, that wardrobe workhorse seems to be the somewhat intimidating but surprisingly wearable crop top. For much of last year—and the start of this year, too—the bold-browed 25-year-old chose to hit the red carpet in an abbreviated shirt or even a daring cutout dress that exposed plenty of her midsection. Yet in the face of all this tummy-flaunting, Lily’s proof positive that a girl can show skin and still look completely classy while doing so.
So what’s her secret? As you’ll see, Lily often tempers her cropped pieces and cutouts by opting for conservative, floor- (or at least knee-) skimming skirts and high-waisted shorts. And by constantly choosing classic accents and beauty looks—here a sleek chignon, there a polished pump—she makes these envelope-pushing outfits feel even more sophisticated.
Click through above to see—and shop, of course—eight of Lucky cover girl Lily Collins‘ best belly-baring looks to date.