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How to Wear Cutouts (Without Looking Slutty)

Cutouts, done right, can be cute and sassy. Done wrong, it can put you in immediate danger of a wardrobe malfunction (they don’t just happen to celebrities). We've found dresses, T-shirts, and more with tasteful cutouts you'll love to try this summer.

Motel Cutout-Waist Babydoll Dress

Motel Cutout-Waist Babydoll Dress

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Mix it up with geometrics! The triangle cutouts on this dress are the kind of edgy fashion that is perfect for your summer wardrobe. Wear this babydoll dress to the beach with a wide floppy hat and leather sandals for a simple, stylish look.

ASOS T-shirt with Cutout Back

ASOS T-shirt with Cutout Back

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It's easy for lace and cutouts to look too racy, but this white tee stays in the classy zone. When you rock a backless or cutout shirt like this one, pick a bra that doesn’t show through or a pretty bandeau

Milly Cutout Mini Dress

Milly Cutout Mini Dress

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A peekaboo cutout on this structured sleeveless dress shows off just the right amount of skin. The classic black-and-white floral print is perfect for a formal graduation party or bridal shower this summer.

Topshop Dotty Cutout Crop Top

Topshop Dotty Cutout Crop Top

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Pair this crop top with a high-waisted skirt to turn a racier cutout into summer sophistication—it'll look great with bold colors or soft neutrals.

Sessun Silk Dress with Cutout Back

Sessun Silk Dress with Cutout Back

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A bow tie detail, a cutout back, and berry-colored buttons are the icing on this already-fashionable sundress. A gold bracelet would complete the look perfectly. 

Rare Dress with Cutout Waist

Rare Dress with Cutout Waist

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Think of this narrow cage-style cutout as an alternative to a belt. Although it may be less forgiving were you to eat a larger lunch—we never said you wouldn't have to sacrifice for trendiness—it's certainly a summer-ready LBD for a night on the town.

Naven Cutout Peplum Halter Dress

Naven Cutout Peplum Halter Dress

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Cutouts, peplum, mint green—this halter dress ticks off several of our favorite summer trends. Pair it with nude pumps and a box clutch for your next hot date.

Matthew Williamson Cutout Printed Tunic

Matthew Williamson Cutout Printed Tunic

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Shoulder cutouts are subtly sexy on this printed tunic. The high-low cut works well with colored denim shorts or boyfriend jeans

ASOS Skater Dress with Cutout Back

ASOS Skater Dress with Cutout Back

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This is cutouts at their cutest! The mint green and white are perfect together—making this skater dress a must-have for your upcoming vacation or grad party.

Moschino Cheap and Chic Cutout Sweater

Moschino Cheap and Chic Cutout Sweater

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At first glance, this pastel cutout sweater looks a whole lot more revealing than it is. Don't worry—a neutral silk lining saves you from baring too much skin! Wear it with an A-line skirt for a dressier occasion or white jeans for a casual lunch date.

Funktional Pixel Cutout Dress

Funktional Pixel Cutout Dress

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Small square cutouts along the neckline of this light coral dress add interest and style, without turning the dress from classy to trashy. Add gold accessories to emphasize this elegant look!

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