Lupita Nyong'o looked stunning in a Calvin Klein
Collection gown with cut-outs at the waist that
she wore to the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards.
don’t have to flip through a fashion magazine to see
that dresses and tops with cut-outs that show that sexy
little glimpses of skin are one of this year’s hottest
fashion trends. Just look around at the next gala or
special event you attend -- there’s likely to be at
least one person showing off the style.
on what we’ve seen, it looks like the trend will be
here for a while.
started gaining popularity on the 2013 spring/summer
fashion runways," says Sonya Barnes of Charlotte,
N.C., and CEO and founder of Harris & Barnes image
consultants. "This season, labels including Akris,
Burberry, Chloe and Carven are taking it to the next
Lupita Nyong’o looked stunning in a Calvin Klein
Collection gown with cut-outs at the waist that she wore
to the 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards. Model Daria
Werbowy smolders on the February cover of Harper’s
Bazaar in a Proenza Schouler dress with a cut-out that
gives a peek of her sleek stomach. And actress Freida
Pinto also flashed her abs in a spring look from Michael
Kors from the front row of the designer’s recent show
in New York.
says that wearing cut-outs takes a certain amount of
confidence and attitude. "Fashion is about fun and
self-expression, so give it a try," she says.
she warned, you need to be fit and you have to make sure
the fit is right. If you’re toned but it’s too
tight, the danger of muffin top looms. Be sure to sit
and view yourself from all sides before deciding whether
the look is right for you.
you feel you can’t pull off a cut-out on your waist,
stomach or back, Barnes suggests trying a top with small
cut-outs at the shoulders or neckline.
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a recent fashion show fundraiser at Neiman Marcus in
Charlotte for the Mint Museum, Mia Benoit stood out in a
maxi dress from Tibi with a triangular cut-out on the
then, she’s purchased another cut-out dress, along
with a shoulder cut-out blouse from Topshop in Nordstrom
at South Park mall.
who was Miss Illinois USA in 2007 and is founder of The
Benoit Agency, a female-focused talent and personal
development firm, says she’s fallen in love with the
trend because it’s the perfect way to show a little
skin while still being classy.
think it’s popular because it makes women feel very
feminine and sexy," says Benoit. "Each time I
wear one of the cut-out dresses, I get stopped by
strangers wanting to know where they can get one, too.
Cut-outs are an easy way to instantly take a simple
outfit from regular to fun and fabulous."
Hilliard didn’t just rock the look, she created an
earthquake at her 60th birthday party, in Charlotte
earlier this year, in a Christopher Kane dress from
Capitol with cut-outs on the side.
chose it because it is a celebration of joy, health and
being happy in my own skin, which I am, plus it’s
super cool to wear," she said.