Let’s have a civil conversation about retiring those trashy belly button rings (20 Photos)

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I remember a time when belly button rings were trendy and sexy. Let's call that time Spring Break. But I know so many girls who just never stopped wearing them. And I think it's b/c nobody has stepped to the plate and told them it's time to unhook the (insert fake precious stone name) and toss it in the garbage.

Of course, I could be wrong which is why the following gallery has plenty of smoking hot girls wearing the goddam things. Any argument deserves to have both sides heard after all. So what say you, Chivers and Chivettes? Somehow theCHIVE has become a national stage for bizarre tastemaking. Let the debate begin.

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  • Pablo

    Why is there an extra leg in #7???

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathan.larkin Nathan Larkin

    Depends on the stomach, personally.

  • alan

    #6 oozes class

  • marc

    #4… strange bellybutton

  • Sydley

    I have had one for 8 years and considered taking it out mulitple times but all of my friends who took theirs out got some pretty weird looking scars…so which is worse Chivers? A little gem or a scar…also I have always thought the huge dangly ones were the worst of them all

    • Big T

      Was wondering if anyone was gonna mention this. A belly piercing is more like a tattoo than like an earring. The scar afterwards is gross. If you've gotten a piercing, keep it. But, best to never have one.

  • Swanny

    I'm think we should keep 'em…

    Oh, and #6

  • llama beans

    I see that The Chive links to The Huffington Post. You should definitely link to Big Hollywood and Red Eye.

  • Kendall Scarberry


    Keep it. subtle is sexy when it comes to belly button rings.

  • MattConlee

    I really don't like them, the smaller ones i can tolerate but the ones where its just pouring out like #20, it looks like her belly button is throwing up.

  • PuckTender

    i think it's pretty clear that if it's absurdly dangly or the female in questions stomach makes the piercing difficult to see… (euphemism)…. that craps gotta go…. also pregnant with one? metal poisoning exists new mommas…

    the other side of the coin: if you are smoking hot does it really matter? keep it!

  • http://thechive.com/ mattythegooch

    Bellybutton and Tongue rings need to be REMOVED!!! on a side note…………#11!!!

  • imjuliooo89

    They honestly never did anything for me. They're nice, but nothing special. They don't make the wearer (and i say wearer because i was at the beach in Guam and I saw guys wearing the non-dangling ones, had to clean my eyes out with Captain Morgan and A LOT of boobies at the titty bar) look any sexier. So for me, I don't care.

  • Dexter

    Can we get rid of duck face and ugg boots before we start worrying about belly button rings?

  • Justin Hall

    Think realistically about this: if a girl is wearing a belly-button ring, this gives her a reason to expose herself to show it off. That's a good thing.

    I don't care if the trend was for girls to put photos of Justin Bieber on their asscheeks, I'm all for it.

    More important is WHO is wearing the belly button ring … case in point, the retard in #15.

  • deven

    Belly rings on females should be treated the same as earrings on males, when you start to interview for jobs that don't require that you wear a uniform, it is time to take them out. Until that time they are like cornbread, nothing wrong with that.

  • Stafferty

    #1 Lets have a civil conversation about being a Pats fan. *Rolls up newspaper*

    STOP BEING A FUCKING FRONT RUNNER! I couldn't find a single Pats fan before Bledsoe went down, and I live in New England.

  • Carl

    Not a fan!! Take it out! Leave the earrings for the ears and JUST THE EARS!!! All this piercing makes you look trashy..


    I'm perfectly fine with a simple bar bell, anything more can go.

  • Matt

    #13 NOM NOM NOM

  • TiErNi

    They are fine if you aren't fat/pale/or pregnant.. if you are thin and have the stomach to rock it then by all means.. the only ones that look bad are the ones that are 12 inches long. those are straight trash. BELLY BUTTONS ROCK <3

  • Tom

    Chive….. Your argument is invalid. These girls are smoking!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thaipaige Ty Paige

    I'm fine with the small basic ones like in #9 , but the big ones that have crap dangling off em are pretty stupid

  • Someone

    Just show a few photos of how the scars look post pregnancy and I bet very few ladies get these anymore.

    Looks pretty gross.

  • chris

    These are OK i guess but still on a par with the tramp stamp. When my 41 YO sister in law has one on her uber tanned stomach that now looks like a catchers mit then no its time to take it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patricia-Sparrow/1520737842 Patricia Sparrow

    how will we be able to recognize porn actresses without their belly button rings and French manicures? Come on now.

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