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.

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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. 

Julia Marzovilla
Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she reviews the latest launches from fashion and beauty brands, finds the best on-sale items around the internet, and interviews experts to find the best products in any category to share with her readers. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site as an expert in everything from the best laptop bags to the best laser hair removal devices.

In her near decade of experience, Julia has both written for several top outlets in the E-Commerce space and worked at major fashion labels. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and worked as the Trending Fashion and News Writer STYLECASTER. You can find her across the internet at @JuliaMarzovilla. In real life, you can find her creating shopping guides for her friends, cooking or baking in her too-small kitchen, or buying tickets for the next time Harry Styles is in town.

Julia has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Journalism from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She lives in New York City, her hometown.