When did dresses start to appear as if a jealous ex boyfriend had taken to them with a pair of scissors? With a slash here, and a nip there, these days it’s not about exposing a mid riff or having a low-cut cleavage, heaven forbid! Nowadays we are talking about a strategic triangle or a half-moon shape cut out, a criss cross happening round the side or a snippet of a keyhole in the middle of the bust.
Just enough to provide a provocative glimpse of flesh, rather than a full on flash. Think slashes of geometric shapes that expose a little piece of your collarbone, or a horizontal section cut out that reveals a portion of your neckline. This is the new modern way of being sexy without flashing the flesh, being a tad prim and coquettish about revealing what is underneath.
A few rules to consider; always make sure you are wearing a smart bra if this is likely to be exposed also, and it goes without saying that if a larger area, such as your back, is being revealed, then ensure you’ve exfoliated, scrubbed and have added a touch of moisturising tan. Here are our favourite cut out dresses:
- Rare Sequin Cut Out Dress With Chiffon Skirt – £62.00
Evening dress by Rare. Featuring a heavily embellished sequin top, with round neckline, sleeveless styling, cut out detailing to the sides, exposed zip fastening to the reverse, a fitted high waist, and softly pleated chiffon skirt, with a fluted hemline. Designed with a fit and flare cut and a mini length. Asos.com.
Cut out panelled bodycon dress featuring a waist cut out and open back detail. Length approx 71cm /28in (based on a size S/M sample from centre front to hem). Materials are 76% Polyester 19% Viscose 5% Elastane. Georgia wears a size S/M and her height is 5’10”. Sizes available are S/M and M/L. Missguided.co.uk.
A very unusual cut out dress from Topshop. This textured paisley print sundress has a cut out front detail, nipped in waist and concealed zip. Length is 85cm. Materials are 74% Cotton, 26% Polyester. Machine washable. Available in sizes 6 to 16. Topshop.com.
This women’s skater style dress by CORALISA features a two in one design with a jersey coral coloured top and cream chiffon flared skirt, plus exposed cut out detailing to the sides and a V-shaped neckline complete. Length measures approx: 70cms. Material: 94% Polyester/ 5% Elastane. Available in sizes 8 to 14. Bankfashion.co.uk.
Be sure to stand out in this gorgeous Quontum Diagonal Cutout Dress as seen on Faye Palmer from Big Brother September 2011 & Charlotte in Geordie Shore Season 2 Ep 6.
The bright neon trims will glow under nightclub lights and the dress is made from high performance stretch fabric made especially for Quontum. The dress will stay figure hugging all night long and is cut out at the side. Material is 92% cotton and 8% lycra high performance stretch fabric. Available in white or black and sizes 6 to 12. Quontum.uk.com.
- Rare London Candy Stripe Cut Out Dress – was £45 now £7
Pretty candy stripe dress with cut out sides and pleat detail skirt. Team with nude heels and bag for a statement look! Please note due to fabric print and manufacture, colour variations may differ. Colour stripes are neon pink, powder pink, purple, neon yellow and neon blue. Model Info-Height-5’8”, Waist-24”, Hips-37”, Bust-32”. Model is wearing a size 8. Sizes available are 6 to 14. Rarelondon.com.