If you thought celebrities would ease back into formal red carpets slowly, starting out with classic yet simple gowns before going all out, we're here to report that, thankfully, that's not the case. For the 2021 Oscars, so many of our favorites stepped out in elaborate designs, from poufy tulle pieces to Prince tributes. There was also a handful of revealing looks, with a focus on exposed midriffs.

Ahead, we've rounded up some of the best belly-baring dresses and sets we saw throughout the night. Add this one to the long list of Y2K trends that are still going strong.

Andra Day

The United States Vs. Billie Holiday star went with a golden, asymmetrical Vera Wang gown, which not only showed her stomach but also featured a thigh-high slit.


Oscars Red Carpet 2021

We couldn't miss the actress' neon Valentino Couture ensemble if we tried. The piece, which had a large cutout in the middle, was accessorized with Bvlgari jewels.

Vanessa Kirby

Oscars Red Carpet 2021

Classic and elegant with a sexy twist. Upon closer inspection, you'll see that Kirby's pretty pink gown had a slit right above her belly button.

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

Sequined, gold, voluminous — the Promising Young Woman star's Valentino look was stunning from every angle, and her tiny crop top helped to balance out her big skirt.

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