Grab Your Scissors - The Cut Out Dress
Spring's New Cut Out Trend...

Nov 04, 2012 01:53
by Anna Studman


From Diane Von Furstenberg’s refined and simple collar cutouts to Charlotte Ronson’s fun colour-block party dress with subtle peeks of skin to Saint Laurent’s 1970s boho maxi featuring a relaxed keyhole detail – it’s only up to you to decide which to emulate.

The best part of this trend is its versatility. Cut-out dresses may be ubiquitous with the onset of spring weather, but they manage to avoid the repetitiveness that can plague other widely loved looks. This is simply because the cut-out doesn’t dictate the style, but vice versa.To demonstrate: Taylor Swift, Hilary Rhoda and Leigh Lezark each occupy different places on the style spectrum while showing an appreciation of the dimension and interest added by a little less coverage.

Cutouts are making an impact – perhaps the ultimate embodiment of the age-old ‘less is more’ – in a way that shows an appreciation both for the construction of the dress, and the woman wearing it.

Whether it’s sexy and avant-garde or girly and sweet, whether it’s geometric panels at the waist, chest, shoulders or back, or touches of filigree-inspired cutout detailing…there are so many ways this can be done.

The only golden rule here is really not to overdo it; pick one area to show off and be modest about the rest - unless you happen to be an insanely chiseled supermodel (see Karlie Kloss in Alexander Wang and Anthony Vaccarello – not for the shrinking violet!).

Here are some more wearable options from Aussie designers & brands, such as MinkPink & Somedays Lovin.

What do you think of the cut out trend?

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