As soon as our dress sleeves started puffing up, other parts of our frocks started disappearing. Cut-out fashion has become one of the other major trends of 2021, with peak-a-boo slashes strategically removed from the front, sides, or backs to reveal considerably more skin. We wouldn’t say cut-out dresses rank too high on the modesty spectrum, but hey, that’s exactly the point: With the right cut, even a full-coverage gown can suddenly feel a bit more sultry. But, not all cut-out dresses are the same; depending on the size and placement of the cut, a dress can be demure enough for a daytime event or bold enough for a night of dancing.
You’ll surely recognize a similar theme in most of the silhouettes, such as the triangular slices on the waist, the clavicle-area slashes, or the scooped open back, but there are subtly sweet cut-outs to experiment with too. Take, for instance, a series of cut-outs that shimmy down the spine or an upper torso keyhole. Cut-outs come in all forms and sizes — all you have to do is find one that works with your comfort level. Ahead, we categorized an assortment of cut-out dresses by length, occasion, fit, and peek-a-boo location.
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