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Fun and flirty cut-out fashion

Cut-outs can be classy and beautiful when worn correctly.

Actress Emmy Rossum showed some skin in a black cut-out number by designer Dion Lee at the CFDA Awards at New York's Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015. Actress Emmy Rossum showed some skin in a black cut-out number by designer Dion Lee at the CFDA Awards at New York's Lincoln Center on June 1, 2015. Actress Emmy Rossum showed some skin in a black cut-out number by designer Dion Lee at the CFDA Awards at New York's Lincoln Center. (Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images)

Showing a little of this and a little of that with subtly sexy cut-outs are a playful way to look both edgy and adorable all at once. The key to pulling off this look is to be strategic about where and when you’re showing glimpses of skin.

Midriff cut-outs on a dress can be the right amount of eye candy for a date night, but will turn heads for all the wrong reasons at the office.

"Cut-outs can be extremely flattering and beautiful when designed tastefully and worn correctly," says Liz Rymar, creative director of New York-based ElleLauri, whose clothing is sold in boutiques across the U.S. "Cut-outs are a great way to stand out, show off some skin in a modest way, and keep cool in the summer months. I like them in unexpected places that give off a fun, flirty look.”

When done right, cut-out fashions can work at practically any function. Here are designers who have mastered the art of strategically placing areas of nothingness on their clothing.


Layer a sports bra under a backless tank like this one from Alternative Apparel to create a skin-to-clothing ratio that shows off the back without being over the top.

Alternative Apparel

For more than a decade, Alternative Apparel has traveled to Peru to sustainably source the softest, most luxurious fibers in the world for its clothing. The Move by Alternative collection includes a variety of bras, bottoms, tops and layering pieces for women. The collection is chockfull of comfort- and performance-enhancing details, such as cutouts to increase ventilation, as well as hidden pockets, and heat-transferred labels to minimize skin irritation.


This classic Ruti dress flashes just a sliver of skin at the shoulders and will work during and after office hours.

Ruti

Ruti curates unique, ready-to-wear clothes, shoes, bags and accessories, at five store locations in the Bay Area and Southern California. Israeli-American designer Ruti Zisser hand-picks each and every brand in her stores, and is committed to supporting emerging designers from Tel Aviv by showcasing their fashions. This classic Ruti dress shown here flashes just a sliver of skin at the shoulders and will work during and after office hours.


This classic Ruti dress flashes just a sliver of skin at the shoulders and will work during and after office hours.

ElleLauri

ElleLauri knows how to design affordable clothing for women that’s both on-trend and timeless. ElleLauri’s clothing has clean, simple lines and elegant silhouettes, which translate beautifully to its cut-out designs. The New York City-made designs of ElleLauri are also a favorite among Hollywood’s elite, including Jessica Alba, Stacey Keibler, Kim Kardashian and AnnaLynne McCord.


This classic Ruti dress flashes just a sliver of skin at the shoulders and will work during and after office hours.

Aqua Green

When you’ve been in the swimwear business for more than 75 years, you know a thing or two about how to design a suit that’s both wearable and ultra stylish. All Aqua Green swimsuits are manufactured in the United States and use recycled fabrics, linings and elastics. Aqua Green has even eliminated petroleum-based foams and introduced bra cups made from Eco Cell foam, a biodegradable material made from plant oils and recycled materials.

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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