Instead of being wowed by what鈥檚 on dresses 鈥 think: luxe embellishments, bold patterns and flirty fixtures 鈥 this season, we鈥檝e been more intrigued by what鈥檚 not there. As if it wasn鈥檛 obvious after Laverne Cox flashed some classy underboob (we swear) and Amy Schumer showed off how chic open sides can look on an LBD, it鈥檚 official once you see this next batch of red carpet looks: this is the summer of the next-level cutout.


Think about it: Now that we鈥檙e totally desensitized to seeing bellies everywhere (we even rock crop tops to the office) and have embraced totally naked shoulders from the festival grounds, cutouts just have to get more creative, like the plunging, over-the-shoulder slit on Cara Delevingne鈥檚 dress at the New York City premiere of her movie Paper Towns. The model-turned-actress (and secret beatboxer) proved that a sequinned dress could actually get more head turning 鈥 without feeling too flashy 鈥 with some subtle subtraction. In this case, the cutout works like an asymmetrical twist on a low-cut neckline, and that offbeat placement makes the reveal seem totally unexpected. That along with its loose, slashed-out vibe (plus Cara鈥檚 tousled hair and smoldering makeup), makes this hands down the most effortlessly sexy look we鈥檝e seen all summer.


Rachel McAdams wore something much sweeter to the NYC premiere of her new flick Southpaw 鈥 a vintage-inspired black two-piece dress 鈥 but the tulip cut of her top made it much more than your average LBD. A swooping, cropped hemline, along with matching off-the-shoulder sleeves, kicked the elegance of her full midi skirt up a notch (or five), and made us think twice about flashing full-on stomach. If there鈥檚 a style lesson to be learned here, it鈥檚 that when it comes to cutouts, less can be way more.

What鈥檚 your trick to making cutouts classy? Share your style hacks with us in the comments below.

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