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Kim Kardashian, patron saint of half-dressing.

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Sometimes all you want to rock is business on one side, party on the other. Thus the half-dressing fashion trend was born.

What is half-dressing, you ask? There are currently two accepted definitions:

1. Splitting a garment in half and then sewing it onto another, or
2. Cutting an item in half, and wearing it that way.

Though we don't recommend that you slice off 50% of your clothing to get this look, we do appreciate those willing to take a fashion risk, and half-wear all their favorite clothes.

Kim Kardashian — as always — brought this half-naked trend into the mainstream. Satin blazer on one side of her body, lingerie on the other.

Rihanna has been a fan of half-dressing for years. Look at her, half-wearing a dress shirt OVER ANOTHER SHIRT.


Badgal RiRi took it to another level by QUARTER-dressing — slicing away half of each pant leg at Coachella.

Nicki Minaj's bejewled #Freethenipple ensemble took Paris Fashion Week by storm — and elevated half-dressing to an art form.

And Emma Watson half-dressed to the Globes, all the way back in 2014.

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Actress Ryan Destiny's half-pants look showed you can still rock your favorite denim during those summer heatwaves.

Whatever happened to the other half of her jeans, the world may never know.

But it's not all near-nudity. Anne Hathaway gave new life to a second-hand Stella McCartney skirt by splicing in another garment.

And this Diane von Furstenberg maxi-dress is minimalist slip on one shoulder, maximalist ruffles on the other.

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photo: Shopbop / Diane von Furstenberg

($598, Shopbop)

But lest we forget the OG of half-dressing: Lil Kim's traffic-stopping look from the 1999 MTV VMAs.

We're shook.

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h/t Elle UK