Trendspotting: Cut-Outs


Skin, skin, skin. Some of this genre is positively air conditioned. I’m omitting those garments that might be construed as 1960s disco wardrobe. They’re out there if you’re sufficiently young and wild. Topshop and Assos, among others, have plenty. I’m also omitting simple keyholes and strappy backs which are evergreen. For two-piece, midriff bearing sets look to Dolce and Gabanna. These are right but not flashy.

Rachel Gilbert Peaches Cinita Dress

A dress for dancing. Imagine Cyd Charisse wearing this. Too dated? Try Jennifer Lopez. Extremely flattering color. Girly but elegant. Just a wink of flesh. Wear with the slimmest silver or gold sandals. Structured bodice keeps the cut-outs sharp and shaped. And look at this really pretty back. Also available in white. 100% silk. Fully lined. On sale $450.00

Amen Cotton Dress

For the absolute modernist/avant-garde woman. Skims the body like a dream. For Whitney, MOMA and PS 1 Openings, Phillip Glass concerts, trendy clubs. A way to bow to the style without looking tarty. Sleeveless ivory combed cotton with side cut-outs and constructivist open back. Cotton/elastane/viscose. Short. On sale $255.00

Michael Kors Cut-Out Dress

Especially fine for the young and petite, this dress holds its shape. Should you be out and about all day, you’ll look crisp no matter what. Absolutely on trend, yet curiously classic in the impression it makes. Hmmm Black sleeveless cotton, round neck, white trim with 2 vertical white stripes at the front and a white band at the waist. Two side cut-outs at the waist. A-line skirt with back zipper fastening. Cut-out at the waist back. Limited sizes. On sale (30% off) $660.00

Sun Dresses

Left: Motel Zahara Backless Bodycon Dress- If you have the figure, this is a zippy way to show it off. Trendy color with dark definition detailing. Young. Peppermint green. Exposed back and waist-slimming triangle cut-outs with contrast black piping. Straight cut bandeau top. Mini. Rayon/elastane. $75.00 and shipping

Right: Elise Ryan Annabel Cut-Out Dress- Great color, especially with a tan. Fits, but doesn’t unduly cling. Another young number. Wear it while you can, ladies. Crossed straps and cut-outs at the waist. Heavy duty zipper fastening at the back. Can be hand washed. Polyester/elastane. Lemon color. $63.00 and shipping


Left: Khaki Stretch Jersey Dress from Plein Sud- Right out of a European film, very sexy with a bit of bust and booty. Sophisticated drape. All that gym work paying off. Heads will turn. High neckline, twisted shoulder strap, cut-outs front bodice and back, draped waist panel. Limited sizes. On sale $647.00

Right: Pierre Balmain Cut-Out Dress- Go mama. You may actually elicit whistles. Great with high heels or strappy sandals. A red handbag and lipstick, or shoes and lipstick-not all three, please. Concert or benefit, party or after party. Stretch jersey long sleeved and fitted, fitted, fitted. Angled boat neckline, slash cut-outs at front and back, side ruching. Limited sizes. On sale $304.50

Samantha Pleet Copper Immortal Dress

Seriously nuanced nod to the trend in an Isadora Duncan draped dress. Comfortable and organic looking. Flatters a tall figure. This one can support seriously tribal jewelry. Silk tank dress with a center front twist creating small cut-outs on either side at the waist. Backless with extra long thin straps over the shoulder and coming from the waist which bow at center back. Pleated shirt just looks drapey. $360.00

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