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If you're looking for a new season trend that will add a dash of daring to your look, the cutout trend is for you! It can be dramatic and fun - from open back dresses, to sassy keyhole tops, but did you know that cutout can be just as effective when it's subtle and elegant?
In previous seasons, cutout had more of a dramatic "slash" feel to it... and on the red carpet (where fashion trends often start), less has definitely been more! From Jennifer Lopez in a barely-there green gown by Emilio Pucci, to Lucy Liu this past summer in a spectacular black cutout dress by J. Mendel. But those are red carpet looks - the reality of the cutout trend is more subtle, and much more wearable. Blouses and tops with subtle keyhole effects, dresses with side cutouts that do NOT bare it all, and even optical illusions where there is no cutout whatsoever! For the more daring among us, a cutout back will help you make a grand exit, and there are plenty of dresses to help you get the look. Choose a long-sleeved dress with cutout back for a terrific (and surprising!) effect.
And for the office, you can get away with keyhole if it is discreet and not too revealing - it's best worn underneath a jacket to start the day, and is also the perfect choice when you have an event after work. The quintessential "day to night" look! Check out the selection below.. and keep this trend in mind for the upcoming holiday season.
Fall 2012 Trend: Cutout - less is more!