Trend Report: Cutout Clothing

Rachel Bilson had tongues wagging when she stepped out in a daring white Preen dress that flaunted her adorable shape with a peek-a-boo cutout at the bust. Staying sexy but classy, Bilson proved that just a hint of skin in an unexpected place can make a big statement.

Follow the star’s lead this summer with cutout styles. There are a plethora of dresses and tops boasting slashed shoulders, keyhole backs, or even a peek-a-boo bustier or two to spice up your summer style… and at affordable prices, too. Here our some of our top picks:

For a night on the town, opt for a slim dress with tasteful cutouts at the shoulders, like Arden B.’s Fitted Cutout Back Dress ($69). In basic black or dusty purple, this body-con frock can be dressed up or down and provides some extra ventilation for those sweaty club nights.

Swap solids for prints during the day with Forever 21’s Bow Back Dress ($19.90). With flowers for whimsy and a slim cut for serious sexy, this cap-sleeve dress has sweet cutouts tied with bows across the back. Wear with flats for day and add an oversized blazer or cardigan when the sun goes down.

Urban Outfitter’s Urban Renewal Linen Cutout Bandeau Dress ($58) is for the daring, with its sizable cutout right at the stomach. But the risk of exposure pays off dividends of super cuteness. Wear it at a Sunday barbecue, a night on the beach, or a shopping trip with the girls for a cheeky take on the cutout trend.

Take the cutesy down a notch and throw on a pair of shorts with this edgy tee from Urban Outfitters. The Open Back Tiger Tee ($28) cuts a loose silhouette and exudes a louche attitude while practically making the need for air conditioning irrelevant. Just kick back and cut it out…

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