For as long as we’re living in the tropics, dressing in heat-friendly pieces will always be a thing, and so is our journey to finding new ways to wear them. Our closet is already stacked with your tropical classics like linen selections, denim cutoffs, and sun dresses, so here’s what we’re exploring next—cut-outs.
We’ve seen the trend take over the runways, and they’ve made their way to the everyday wardrobes of our favorite influencers who wear them everywhere from the beach to the city. They’re done in every kind of style (from a bare-back prairie dress or skin-tight tops) and in varying degrees, too (from small key-hole details to ones that leave your waist exposed.) Intrigued yet?
Here are influencer-approved ways to wear the cut-out trend:
1. One of the most current ways to wear cut-outs are with pieces that focus on the waist. Sarah Lahbati does this with her daytime LBD, which becomes a little more sexy through side cut-outs. We love how it adds more dimensionality to her look—even on top of its high-volume silhouette and textured textile, it doesn’t feel like it’s “too much.”
2. Although a little white dress may feel like a pretty straightforward style, a playful cut-out brings it to new, fashion-girl heights. Chelsea Maey’s dress comes with a cool, grid-like back that adds interest to the everyday dress. What’s dainty from the front is sexy from the back, giving it that cheekiness we all love.
3. Here’s another “party in the back” moment, this time done in a more clean-cut way. Mari Jasmine wears a sweet, puff-sleeved dress that keeps everything modest, except for an almost fully-exposed back. The cut-out is done in an ultrachic way with clean lines, giving it a dainty, feminine touch and a sultry appeal at the same time.
4. If you fancy yourself a fashion risk-taker, take a look at this ensemble on Angelique Manto. Multiple cut-outs trace the entire side of the dress, showing peeks of skin in one clean line. Yes, it’s a daring take, but bring it to the beach as a cover-up to your bikini and it’s actually quite wearable (in a sultry siren way, of course).
5. Indeed, the beach does invite a more daring take on dressing yourself, especially when it comes to baring skin. Marie Lozano wears this one-of-a-kind jumpsuit (which happens to be from Pamela Andres’ line) that features a unique cut-out right at the center. The trick to wearing it correctly: tone down your accessories. Just get your favorite beach bag and you’re good to go!
6. Y2K-inspired dressing isn’t going anywhere (thanks, Gen Z), so we’re loading up on tiny tops. This one worn by Lorin Gutierrez features a slim cut-out at the center, a keyhole made through a clever weaving of fabric. On our next night out, we’re pairing this with low-rise jeans to commit to the full aughts look.
7. Here's a tip to wearing cut-outs while still looking prim and proper. Vern Enciso shows us that the way to do it is by the smallest of doses. Her jumpsuit shows off just a hint of skin by the abdomen, all while keeping the rest of her look covered-up. We love the final touch of eye-catching pearl earrings that help to elegantly pull everything together.
8. We love the idea of rocking the cut-out look without actually buying a new outfit. Make like Ida Anduyan and pair a bodysuit with pants that are slightly pulled down to bare some skin. It creates a hip cut-out, which is one of the most interesting ways we saw the trend worn on the runway—totally unexpected, but super cool-girl.
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