10 cut-out dresses you’ll want to wear repeatedly

Cutouts: let’s talk about it. No matter what you think of this controversial trend — and the risk of wardrobe malfunctions it poses — there’s no denying that they are. Are. All over. From Hailey Bieber in a cutout dress to Bella Hadid in drop waist pants with pelvic cutouts, celebrities are embracing the trend like never before. In addition to the A-listers, there’s also virtually the entire cast of Euphoriaall of whom routinely rock cutouts — as well as mesh and vinyl — on the show.

Where exactly do the cutouts come from? The openwork details of the typical cut-out date back to the 1930s, but they really came into fashion in the 60s and 70s, aka the era of the bell-sleeved miniskirt and crop top. Then, in the 2000s, cutouts experienced a major resurgence. It was a time of excess and indulgence — from rhinestone-embellished bandana tops to exposed flip-flops popping out of ultra low-rise jeans. And who can forget that iconic striped dress that Jenna Rink (Jennifer Garner) wore in the 2004 movie 13 Ongoing 30? Snapshot style callout status.

As with any bold fashion trend, cutouts are best in moderation. Less, in this case, is literally more. Keep tones and patterns neutral to balance the intensity of the trend. On the front of the accessories, opt for chunky metallic pieces and vibrant beads to add a bit of color and dimension without overdoing it.

Are you ready to present some Euphoria edginess to your wardrobe? Below, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best cut-out dresses to buy right now.

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classic neutral

All you need are strappy heels, gold hoop earrings and black sunglasses, and this dress is ready for any occasion. Did we mention it’s also a dupe of whoever Hailey Bieber worn in summer 2021?


Casual Cream

With long sleeves and a midi length, you can wear this subtle cutout dress all year round. Wear with leather ankle boots and an oversized denim jacket for an everyday on-trend look and comfortable.


Orange Crush

How many cutouts is too many cutouts? In this case, we have to say that there is simply no such thing. There is also an open back, making it a quintessential evening number.


Fuchsia Lightning

It doesn’t get more glamorous than a shimmering fuchsia dress with a mid-thigh slit, peekaboo cutout and sleek halter top. Complete her elegant look with silver heels and a matching clutch.


Flamingo fun

If in doubt, place a bird on it. Specifically, a flamingo. The one-shoulder silhouette is so chic and just begging to be taken on your next beach vacation.


Light luxury

This lightweight dress is one of the easiest items to reach. The understated shape makes a statement, yet it’s easy to dress down with espadrilles or lace-up sandals.



This little black dress is destined to be your new go-to, no matter what you have planned. From weekend brunch to destination wedding, it will always deliver a moment of assembled fashion.


Neutral Glamor

This fashionista favorite fits like a dream. It’s the kind of dress you’ll wear again and again, especially when paired with sky-high heels and simple accessories.


Ready for the holidays

The windier the better. This long dress features a floor-length skirt, two front slits and a patchwork of cutouts. Wicker accessories and gold bangles complete this casual yet glamorous ensemble.


short and sweet

Tired of wearing sweatpants for, oh, the 867th day in a row? Opt for this mini dress with cutouts on the sides. It’s perfect with crisp white trainers and aviator sunglasses.