The 24 Best Cut-Out Dresses to Master This Trend With

We broke it down into three easy-to-copy categories, ranging from barely-revealing to fully-on-display.

 Jennifer Lopez attends the "Halftime" Premiere during the Tribeca Festival Opening Night on June 08, 2022 in New York City
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There's no denying that cut-out dresses are having a moment right now. They appeared on the Spring/Summer 2022 runways at shows like Gucci and Marques’ Almeida, before popping up on just about every black-tie event this year, from the Grammys on Dua Lipa, who wore Versace; the Oscars on Penelope Cruz, who wore custom Chanel; and, most recently, at the 2022 Met Gala, on celebrities like Bella Hadid, who wore Burberry and Lori Harvey, who opted for a black ab-baring gown custom-made for her by Michael Kors Collection.

But, if you're not someone who normally wears cut-out anything (even in the summer), even the best cut-out dresses can feel daunting to style. With that in mind, I broke down the season's cutest cut-out dresses into three easy-to-shop categories ranging from frocks with barley-there cut-outs to options that are better suited as a part of your next beach vacation outfit than in your day-to-day life. 

The bottom line? It's now easier than ever to master the trend on your own terms. Some of these picks are effortlessly cute and daytime-appropriate summer sundresses, while others are great for date nights, bachelorette parties, or a summer wedding. 

Before we dive head-first into the pieces, remember that there’s no wrong way to wear this daring summer fashion trend. Cut-outs are meant to be fun, not stressful. Stick to the one that best aligns with your personal style, or take this opportunity to test-drive a new silhouette that you’ve been secretly wanting to try out this season.

Subtle Cut-Outs

If you want to dabble with a cut-out dress this summer but you're not sure how much skin to show, start out by trying one on that features smaller cut-outs on areas like the shoulder, across the back, or above your ribcage. You'll still be able to wear a bra or bandeau with these styles if you need coverage or support. Better yet, try a dress that has buttons across the front so that you can control the amount of skin you have on show at any given time. 

Showing a Little More Skin

If you've already given the cut-out trend a test-run and you want to dabble with showing a bit more skin, pick one one of the dresses below. They feature slightly larger cut-outs or, in some cases, a few more that are smaller in size around the stomach or waist. Some can be worn as beach cover-ups, while others are great for a spring wedding.

Super Daring Cut-Outs

If you're a longtime lover of cut-outs, take it to the next level this summer by opting a dress that bares it all. This could mean a dress that shows off your entire stomach, or one that is more cut-out than it is dress—the choice is yours.