Cut Out Dresses
Self-Portrait's Spring '18 collection is inspired by party styles Bianca Jagger wore in the '70s and '80s. Cut from glossy white satin that's printed with midnight-blue stars, this dress has a revealing cutout shoulder and slits along the sleeves. It has a grosgrain waistband and is traced with ruffles along the mini hemline. Wear yours with strappy sandals.
Self-Portrait's maxi dress is refined but still showcases the intricate detailing that we've come to expect from designer Han Chong. Cut from fil coupé chiffon, it's framed with pretty lace trims and intricate bows for a super feminine touch. It's finished with open-knit trims around the bodice to reveal just a hint of skin. When it comes to styling, less is more - minimal jewelry and sandals will do.
EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Part of Self-Portrait's bridal collection, this romantic gown is perfect for summer weddings. It's made from delicate guipure lace and left partially unlined to enhance its airy feel. The ruffle-trimmed cutout waist and slit skirt show just a touch of skin.
Self-Portrait designer Han Chong creates dresses that are feminine and at the same time totally fresh and modern - actresses Lily Collins and Daisy Ridley have both recently worn the brand to events. This one has ruffled cutout sleeves and is paneled with lace, pleated organza and mesh at the hem. Cinch the grosgrain waist ties to create more definition.
T by Alexander Wang's dress is made from a double layer of stretchy modal fabric for a snug, flattering fit and smooth finish. This style is suspended from delicate, thin straps and has a cutout and gathered bodice that is secured by silk ties. We think it looks equally chic teamed with combat boots or heels.
Halston Heritage is famed for creating classic silhouettes that are incredibly flattering on every figure, hence why so many actresses call on the label for red carpet events. Cut from fluid azure crepe, this gown may appear simple from the front but turns to reveal a cutout back that's ruched to create an elegant drape.
Halston Heritage's gown is a contemporary choice for brides looking for something sleek and minimal. Cut from figure-skimming crepe, it has daring cutouts to highlight your waist and is split to the thigh. Let the contrasting black ties trail behind or fasten them into a bow at the front.
We love the architectural-inspired clean lines of Dion Lee's designs. This mini dress is knitted with plenty of stretch to hug and sculpt your figure and is spliced open at the shoulder to elegantly expose the collarbone. Highlight the ribbed turtleneck with sculptural earrings.
Inspired by his native Australia, Dion Lee's dress is beautifully spliced and dipped to mimic the iconic shape of Sydney's Opera House. Its cut for a close fit from spongy neoprene and stretch-knit. The lattice-like skirt moves beautifully as you do, so wear it to events that call for some time on the dance floor.
Flattering the female figure is what Roland Mouret does best. Made with plenty of stretch to hug and contour the body, this dress has an asymmetric neckline and a subtle cutout at the shoulder. Sweep your hair up to show off the label's signature zip through the back.
Halston Heritage's gowns are perfect for events – you only need to look at the label's Instagram to see that they're all about vintage glamour and glittering parties. Saturated with navy sequins, this version is backed in supple jersey for a close, figure-hugging fit and has cutout sides that are cleverly placed to slim your frame. Showcase the low scooped back with swept-up hair.
Saloni Lodha celebrates her Indian culture through bold colors and patterns. Cut from cady printed with red and white polka-dots, this 'Gail' midi dress has a figure-skimming fit that's complemented by a sleek cutout at the waist. Ruffled sleeves and a fluted hem make it feel playful rather than restrictive.
What we love most about T by Alexander Wang's collections is the cool, unexpected detailing incorporated into each piece. Designed to highlight the waist, this dress is cut from stretchy modal that hugs your curves and has cutouts held together by buttons. The hem hits right below the knee, a length that looks especially good with ankle boots.
If you're ready to try your hand at clashing stripes, look no further than Sacai's shirt dress - it takes all the guesswork out of styling. This loose-fitting piece is made from panels of cotton-poplin and is cutout at the shoulders for a deconstructed effect. We'll be wearing ours with a pair of sneakers.
It's been amazing to see Maggie Marilyn's meteoric rise since we launched her label exclusively here at NET-A-PORTER in 2016 - Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth, German blogger Caroline Daur and Kendall Jenner all wear her clothes. Named after one of Maggie's closest friends, this ruffled dress is cut from crisp cotton-poplin and has cutouts at the shoulders and front. Wear it alone or layered with pants.
Rejina Pyo's 'Laura' dress was one of the styles that elicited the most excitement when it walked the runway in London, shimmering beneath the lights and making the model's skin look even more luminous. It is pieced together from frayed panels of champagne satin that are deliberately uneven at the hem to create movement. It's detailed with a series of knots which reveal a hint of skin, so it makes for such a glamorous choice for parties and wedding receptions.
Having recently visited the islands of Bora Bora and Hydra, it's clear that Michael Kors still had them in mind when designing his Resort '18 collection. Inspired by the idea of wearing a bathing suit to poolside parties, this column dress is cut from streamlining stretch-jersey with crossover straps and a knotted cutout bodice. Wear yours the same way it was styled at the show – with sandals and stacked bracelets.
Reminiscent of minimalist '90s sweater dress styles, this CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC's midi design is knitted from ribbed cotton and has fold-over sleeves that resemble arm warmers - another key trend from the decade. The twill shoulder patches give it a distinct sporty feel, while the open, cutout back bares just the right amount of skin.
EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Michael Lo Sordo's eponymous label is all about elegance and simplicity brought to life through natural materials. Suspended from thin straps, this maxi dress is cut from panels of silk-satin and accented by a cutout and subtle twist detail. We love how the high front slit elongates your legs.
Tabula Rasa's 'Ottoman' maxi dress has beautiful open-knit detailing that's created using a centuries old stitching technique. The cutout back and semi-sheer finish call for discreet underpinnings, like a self-adhesive bra or bikini top. We'll be wearing ours with a clutch and flat sandals for al fresco vacation dinners.
Fendi's mini dress has a skin-baring cutout and turtleneck choker that knots neatly into an oversized bow at the nape of your neck. It's made from lustrous satin in a shift silhouette and has ruffled sleeves that make reaching for a champagne flute feel really glamorous. Dress from the feet up with statement shoes like this pair.
Adriana Degreas' style icons include Carmen Miranda and Carmen Mayrink Veiga, which is why her designs feel so glamorous. Made from terracotta linen-blend, this strapless maxi dress is flatteringly cutout below the bust and detailed with covered buttons. The styling options are endless, but we particularly like it with gold and tan accessories.
Diane von Furstenberg adds a tropical feel to its signature prints for spring - think vibrant shades and botanical motifs. This mini dress has a cape-effect overlay with pretty flutter sleeves and turns to reveal a cutout back. Highlight the V-neckline with layered gold jewelry.
EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Tre founder Natalie Ratabesi believes a woman's wardrobe should make her feel empowered. Sure to boost your confidence, this crepe dress has a flattering lace-up front that draws attention to your waist. It's split along the skirt for movement and cutout at the back to show a flash of skin - ensure it doesn't reveal your lingerie too, with a discreet adhesive bra.
When Bella Hadid opened Jason Wu's Spring '18 runway show in this striped dress, it immediately caught our eye. It's made from seersucker and detailed with a sleek side cutout. The knotted front drapes down into a sculptural ruffle that's split through the skirt.
Marques' Almeida's black mini dress is embroidered with pretty bouquets and offset with ruffled cutouts that reveal flashes of skin. Made from a cotton-blend, it has a fraying hem and slender tie-fastening shoulder straps. We think it looks especially cool with a pair of sturdy ankle boots.
JW Anderson's Spring '18 runway was full of androgynous silhouettes and oversized proportions, but this season they felt laid-back and understated. This midi dress is made from soft textured stretch-cotton that's left raw at the edges, seams and cutout neckline. It turns to reveal a contrasting black cotton-poplin panel to create the illusion of layers.
One way to stand out at an event is by opting for a bold red dress and Rosetta Getty's 'Scarlet'-hued design will have heads turning the moment you walk into the room. Crafted from sculpting stretch-ponte, it has a close fit, flatteringly placed seams and wide crisscross straps that reveal a flash of skin. Complement the midi length with point-toe pumps or sandals.
For Resort '18, alice McCALL experimented with more feminine silhouettes and shades than she has in past seasons, calling the color palette 'Parisian pastels'. This 'Soiree' dress is made from fluid silk-crepe and patterned with vivid orange, yellow and pink florals. It's finished with the designer's signature ruching through the body – adjust the ties to show the amount of skin you prefer at the cutout waist and split hem.
Oscar de la Renta's new Creative Directors, Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, are refreshing the label with modern updates and designing collections that appeal to women of all generations. Made from a tactile wool-blend, this dress has retro bell sleeves that are detailed with triangle cutouts. The raw hem and zip along the front add a youthful feel to this elegant style.
Michael Lo Sordo's show at Australian Fashion Week was one of our Fashion Director Lisa Aiken's favorites - she loves his relaxed approach to eveningwear. This maxi dress is made from lustrous black silk-satin and detailed with unexpected cutouts that sit low on the hips. Wear it with the top few buttons undone.
IRO creates pieces that are luxurious yet effortless. Made from red crepe, this 'Awati' mini dress has a cold-shoulder detail that falls to sleeves with breezy slits. We like how the asymmetric hem creates both graphic interest and fluid movement.
ALEXACHUNG's Spring '18 collection was presented in a Parisian school hall that was transformed into a 'Prom Gone Wrong' scene. This collegiate-inspired mini dress is made from black and gray tweed with yellow lines running through and turns to reveal a cutout back. It's fully lined so will easily slip on over white shirts - one of the designer's favorite looks.
Jason Wu launched the GREY label to offer his customers a more relaxed collection without losing any of the luxury they love from his main line. Made from fluid crepe that's printed with black and storm-blue florals, this midi dress has a universally flattering fit-and-flare silhouette and ties at the cutout, elasticated back. It's perfect for everything from a lunch date to garden party.
When we spoke to Monse's Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim, they explained how they take classic pieces and re-imagine them with an element of deconstruction. Featured in both The EDIT and the brand's Resort '18 presentation, this midi dress has been made in Italy from Prince of Wales check fabric that nods to this season's love for heritage suiting. The graphic racing stripe along the back and zipped cutouts add that unexpected twist everyone loves about the brand.
Rachel Zoe says that the crisp, clean look of white pieces makes them a key element of her signature style. This crepe 'Doutzen' gown is framed with graphic black trims along the high neckline and strategically placed cutout back, which peaks around the waist to slim your silhouette. The daring slit allows for ease of movement.
The bold color palette of Valentino's Resort '18 collection is inspired by the hip-hop and street culture of Baz Luhrmann's show The Get Down . This fuchsia velvet gown is cut in a column silhouette that's defined at the waist by triangular cutouts, and has fluid panels at the front and back. Follow the show styling and accessorize yours with drop earrings. -- Fuchsia velvet - Concealed snap and zip fastening at side, button fastening at back - 74% viscose, 26% silk; lining: 100% silk - Dry clean - Made in Italy
It's the cool, cutout details that set T by Alexander Wang's dress apart from the rest of the other LBD's in your closet. Knitted from ribbed wool, this design is cut for a second-skin fit and has adjustable racer-back straps. Wear yours with sneakers or slides.
Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner are all fans of AMIRI's cool, California-inspired designs. Perfect for a night out, this ribbed-knit dress is cut for a close fit and has long, knuckle-grazing sleeves that balance the skin-baring one-shoulder silhouette. Accessorize yours with hoop earrings and ankle boots.
EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. The high neck, puffed sleeves and nipped-in waist of Emilia Wickstead's dress nod to the '40s, but the backless cutout adds just the right amount of edge. It's embellished with electric blue sequins, which change color when you brush them backwards. Our favorite thing about this piece is that you can style it up or down to suit the occasion - try it with sandals or ballet flats.