While the cutout trend is not as much about evolution, remaining quite consistent all throughout its existence, it is always about showing a hint of skin in an interesting way. Evoking a subtle take on seductiveness, the cutaway clothing is keen on highlighting just the right amount of bareness, focusing on your body strengths, without having you risk appearing unsophisticated.

The fashion trends for spring 2013 appear to totally approve of this subdued kind of sex appeal and while the cutout clothes are generally not workplace material, there are plenty of occasions that beg for a bit of skin revealing. From delicate cut outs to more obvious ones, and from classic renderings to unique and intricate takes on the trend, this season encourages you to completely embrace your femininity.

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Cut out clothing for spring 2013

Subtle versus obvious

Pretty much depending on your personality, on the event, on what you want to reveal and just how much, cutaway clothing offers plenty of alternatives for both a subtle or a more obvious interpretation of the trend. Regardless of the choice, pick the right style, sport it with confidence and make it your own.


Subtle versus obvious cutouts on the runway at Carven S/S ’13 and Roberto Cavalli S/S ’13

Highlighting your best features

This season the cut out clothes are being used to redefine sexiness, but at the same time they serve most in further accenting your best features. If you take pride in your toned abs, don’t be afraid to showcase them accordingly by choosing the right garment. Sticking to subtle cut outs on the shoulders, arms, and back represent a safe way of introducing the trend to your closet. Also make sure your dress is not cut out everywhere – stick to a maximum of two cuts per garment (shoulders and midriff for example):

  • To highlight your shoulders choose a dress with short or three quarter sleeves that break free in the upper part of your body
  • To accent your cleavage, opt for garments that feature smart, horizontal or diagonal cuts that point to your decolletage without them being too revealing


Cutout dresses on the runway at Cushnie et Ochs S/S ’13 and Versace S/S ’13

  • To steer the focus on your stomach pick a fun dress with a precise midriff cutout, accompanied by an equally alluring design
  • To show peeks of ribcage choose dresses with sexy side cuts and balance them by selecting a medium length and a delicate sillouethe


Cutout dresses on the runway at Roland Mouret S/S ’13 and Carven S/S ’13

  • Rather bold and cheeky, opting for cut outs that point straight to your hips might require some getting used to with the trend first. It also requires quite the perfect body and lots of confidence. For a glamorous appearance, balance the sexiness with a floor-length sillouethe featuring long sleeves and a classic hue, and keep the accessories to a minimum


Cutout dress on the runway at Roberto Cavalli S/S ’13

Cut out clothes: going all white

The fun thing about cut out clothes is that they can basically feature any silhouette, print, length and color and still look sharp, sexy and right on trend. However, simplicity works best in emphasizing the trend and the runway made a perfect example out of that by introducing all white (solid colors being highly recommended), minimal silhouettes to complement the strategically placed cut outs.


Cutout dresses on the runway at BCBG Max Azria S/S ’13, Emilio Pucci S/S ’13 and Issa London S/S ’13

Smart cutaway clothing: transitioning from day to night

As previously mentioned, cutaway clothing is better saved for special occasion and fancy events, however we can still come across cut out garments that can assure a smooth transition between day and night. Basically, any cut out silhouette that can be covered by a sleek blazer or cardigan during the day serves this case, leaving all the revealing for night hours. Seek for cut out shirts or fitted day-dresses that feature subtle cutaways.


Cutout dress and shirt on the runway at Victoria Beckham S/S ’13 and Roland Mouret S/S ’13

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