Since the hem of your top kisses the edge of the waistband, think of the combo as less about navel baring and more about emphasizing your waist without having to tuck anything in.
Also key: The contrast of a tailored (but not at all tight) top with looser pants (or a skirt) softens the total picture.
Rachel Zoe studded polyester top, $195; bloomingdales.com
BCBG Max Azria polyester-rayon trousers, $158; bcbg.com
10 Crosby Derek Lam satin heels, $325; saksfifthavenue.comRead MoreLess