Cut It Out! – Trending Unexpected Skin

Is that a hole in your shirt? It sure is.

Designers this season are coming up with all sorts of unexpected ways to reveal a little flesh. At it’s heart, the trend is a coquettish play on the more daring partywear outfit. Think peek-a-boo clavicle, open back, one-shoulder show off, lower belly cut out…the list goes on. One of our favorite things in this trend is the variety, which empowers the wearer to decide how little or how much we’re comfortable showing.

Still feeling a bit unsure on experimenting with this trend? We got you. Our editors have put together some of their favorite examples on how to pull off this trend in dressy, casual and work-appropriate… all without looking like you lost a fight with a pair of scissors.


Windsor, Center of Attention Crepe Cutout Mini $45.90

Perfect for date night or a fun night out with your squad. This LBD is already pretty drip, but add a sexy bust cutout and now we’re straight fire. Ruching and moderate stretch makes for a comfy fit to move in, even with the bodycon silhouette.

Cato, Plus Size Belted Cutout Dress $34.99

Love the idea of adding cutouts to your work wardrobe, but concerned about office appropriateness? This belted gray sheath dress demurely displays two cutouts up top in a way that’s tasteful enough for even the most conservative of work environments.

Bardot, Floral Cutout Mini Dress $79.99

Craving some cutout in your casual? This floaty floral mini dress will take you from running errands to weekend lunches without missing a beat.


Boston Proper, Cutout 1-Shoulder Tee $39.50

Of all the cutout options, the one-shoulder is the easiest to start with, especially when it’s a casual tee like this. Made from a 50-50 combo of cotton and modal, this super soft tee has weekend all over it. Great with leggings, jean shorts, even joggers. Comes in four color options but this ballet slipper pink completely stole our hearts.

Windsor, Miss Python Mock Neck Cutout Crop Top $24.90

With such a bold print and bolder cutouts, you might think this one is a bit of a ‘club only’ option. You’d be wrong. Pair this python with your fav skater jeans and some Stan Smiths for a cool casual look, or slip on some leather paperbag waist shorts for a fun dinner night. You could even make it demure with this season’s pleated midi and an extra large wide belt. Talk about versatile!

Jonathan Simkhai Standard, Arti Cutout Top $257

From the brand’s new season this stretch-blend shirt, with chic piping lining the cutouts, would be a fabulous edition to your work wardrobe. With so much going on up front there’s no need for a necklace – just add your fav earrings and go!


Beulah, Cut-out Pant $69.99

Up your going-out game with this cool cutout pant from Beulah. Black vegan leather is perfectly complemented by the diamond shaped cutouts just above and below the knee.

ANDREADĀMO, Flared High Waist Cutout Belt Pants $179

Until now, showing off holes in your pants was certainly not considered a positive for work wear. These dark chocolate, pinstriped fellows however have reminded us – never say never. We would pair these with a crisp white button down, tucked in to show off those fabulous cutouts around the waist. And the boot cut bottoms just beg for a chunky heel loafer.

LNA, Cutout Pant $49.99

If you live in loungewear during your off-duty days, these joggers will give you ample opportunity to show off your cutouts. Tuck in a contrasting tee if you’re feeling a bit frugal about exposing your skin, or pair it with a cropped athletic top to really play up your assets.


AREA, Crochet Cutout Denim Shorts $384

Leave it to the AREA brand to find a way to bring in their signature obsession for Swarovski and marry it with a cool cutout. These shorts are just pure fun and would work great in your weekend wardrobe.

Givenchy, Black Wool Cutout Shorts $790

A fun night on the town calls for an equally fun outfit. We would totally wear these with some contrasting color tights to embrace the edgy but a pair of black tights underneath could work just as well.

Live the Process, Pink Orion Shorts $100

These stylish bike shorts are Instagram-ready. Whether you decide to actually work out in them or dress them up with a structured jacket, white tee and some chunky jewelry…well, the choice is yours and you’ll look amazing in them either way.


Rachel Comey, Frida Ruffled Cutout Sleeve Foam Blazer $230

Consider this your new go-to jacket for your days-off endeavors. The fluttery ruffles add a romantic whimsy that will go well with a tee and jeans or a cute floral maxi.

Karl Lagerfeld, Transformer Cutout Jacket $297

Talk about a power play. Sharp and stylish, this empowering red suit jacket will pull together any office look beautifully.

Danielle Guizio, Cropped Cutout Blazer Jacket $266

Adding a disrupted element to your going out wardrobe is a great way to refresh your whole look. We’d pair this powder blue cutie with some black skinny jeans and equally cute booties.


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