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After crop tops, bralettes, distressed jeans, and even bum zippers, the new way to do sexy is by way of cutouts, and honestly, it’s our favourite. Reasons are aplenty, but the main one is that it can actually be embraced by all body types.

And yes, top fashion houses have given this trend the nod. Herve Leger, Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci, Erdem, Christopher Kane, David Koma, and Maison Margiela have worked cutouts into their dresses, jumpsuits, and bomber jackets right through SS17.

Also, peek-a-boo is so much better than baring it all, in our opinion. It creates mystery, looks interesting, and you can use the cutouts to accentuate and draw attention to the feature you’re most proud of.

In terms of pushing the envelope, it’s really up to you. You can get risqué with a dress that’s cut out under the boob to accentuate your waist, or keep it simple with a cold shoulder top, or interesting with horizontal slits in the back. Cage necklines and graphic cutouts are very big too.

Now, while it’s easy to slay in the trend no matter what your tastes and preferences, or your body size and shape, there are a few things to remember when working the cutout trend to keep it from going to trashy rather than classy:

  1. Less is more, so cutouts to play up one feature is quite enough, ie, a cold shoulder top doesn’t need windows at the waist.
  2. Classic prints and basic colours like black, white, blue, grey, brown, and maybe even red are good picks. A very bright pop colour can veer the ensemble towards cheap (read: inexpensive).
  3. Balance it out. If you’re working a maxi that’s got steamy cutouts at the hip bone, pair it with a beautiful wrap or an interesting jacket with an elegant vibe.

On that note, we’ve pulled together our favourites to help you work the cutouts trend like a pro:

halston heritage cutout crepe dress

Halston Heritage Cutout Crepe Dress, £150.75

new look white premium lace sleeveless cutout dress

New Look White Premium Lace Sleeveless Bodycon Dress, £44.99

cushnie et ochs jacqueline cutout jumpsuit

Cushnie Et Ochs Jacqueline Cutout Stretch-Cady Jumpsuit, £586.45

bohoo bryanna cutout neck bodycon dress

Boohoo Bryanna CutOut Neck Bodycon Dress, £15

tory burch cutout jacquard gown

Tory Burch Cutout Jacquard Gown, £442.70

new look cutout for the count floral dress

Nasty Gal CutOut For the Count Floral Dress, £28

michelle mason cutout printed crepe top

Michelle Mason Cutout Printed Crepe Top, £189

balmain cutout wool top

Balmain Cutout Wool Top, £733.48

love and friends cutout carmine tie up top

Lovers + Friends Carmine Top, £64.3

christopher kane cutout wool blend coat

Christopher Kane Cutout Wool-Blend Coat, £737.50

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