I’m just going to say it.
With the exception of swimwear and hula-girl costumes, bare midriffs never work.
Here we have Ashlee Simpson-Wentz, poor lamb, in a getup that makes her torso look four inches long.
Generally speaking, one come-hither element is plenty, whether it’s cleavage, abs or short-shorts.
Not helping matters? Ashlee’s bizarre, slouchy posture.
Today’s haute tip: If you must midriff (and I’m sure you have your reasons):
1. Throw your shoulders back.
2. Lift your chin.
3. Lengthen your spine.
It’s your only hope for not looking like a fire hydrant.