The best cut out dresses

Cut out dresses have been all over the catwalks and the red carpets recently. We’ve seen them on the stars at Cannes, at film premieres and at parties. Everyone from models Hilary Rhoda and Eletta Weidemann to actress Scarlett Johansson and superstar Jennifer Lopez have been seen wearing them. It’s a scary trend for those of us with less than perfect midriffs, but mere mortals can wear it. You just need to choose the area of your body you like best to show off – whether that is a toned waistline, back or shoulders.

The key to cut outs is choosing a design that flashes just a little bit of flesh. So, if you’re going for a waist revealing dress, you may want to keep the hemline low to make sure your look oozes class. Choose smaller slits, peek-a-boo backs and designs that reveal your shoulders.

Here’s our pick of some of the best cut out designs.

Hervé Legér Bandage Dress

A huge fashion hit in the 80s, Hervé Legér pioneered the body-con look which has returned to the fashion spotlight in recent seasons. The label’s signature bandage dress has earned a legion of stylish celebrity fans. This cut out dress, $1,400 from Net-A-Porter gives a fresh take on the style the brand is best known for. Cool cut outs across the strapline and back break up the classic silhouette. Wear with swept up hair to show off the detailing.

Donna Mizani Diamond Flounce Dress

This one ticks off three trends in one – a cut out waistline, drop hem and colour blocking. Mizani launched her eponymous line in 2008 and has quickly become popular with the fashion-forward set. This coral and fuchsia number, $238 from Revolve Clothing, will look great with a summer tan and gold jewellery.

Halston Heritage Cut Out Waist Maxi Dress

If you’ve got a special evening event this summer then this one would bring the wow factor to the occasion. It features a wide, round neckline and three-quarter length sleeves, so the rest of you is covered up while you bare your waist with the cut-out design, featuring knotted detailing. Asos have this reduced from $820.22 to $488.82.

BCBGEneration One Shoulder Cut Out Dress

If you don’t want to show off your midriff, but like your shoulders, then draw attention to them with this one. It’s lined through the bust to give you a bit of extra support. Great for a night out with the girls. Wear with nude heels to elongate your legs. Macy’s have this one in their sale, at $48.70.

Silence & Noise Cut Out Maxi

This is another one which combines trends, this time mixing a cut out waist with a slash to the thigh line, a style Angelina Jolie has been sporting recently. Made from soft knit jersey, this has mesh detailing along the scoop neck, armholes and waistband. With knife pleats along the waistband, you get a lot of detailing for your money. Available exclusively at Urban Outfitters for $79.

Whichever one you choose, be sure to apply sunscreen to the cut out areas if you’re wearing it during the daytime, otherwise you could be left with very strange tan lines.