How to Wear One of Spring's Trickiest Trends: Unexpected Cutouts
Cutouts have ripped through the fashion industry and are as popular as ever—so much so that the sliced detail is nearing "classic" territory. But we can always count on designers to deliver refreshing takes on trends.
Stella McCartney cut into a navy sweater set with geometric shapes (above, left), Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler spliced oversize sweaters that showed just a hint of skin (above, center), and Phoebe Philo of Céline cut symmetrical spheres into the sides of a tunic, giving way to the waist (above, left).
The takeaway here is that even though these looks are sliced and slashed, they aren't too revealing. They maintain a cool, ladylike vibe that can't compete with belly button–baring pieces and side boob–showing silhouettes. To translate the look into your own wardrobe, be sure to create a balanced look by covering up elsewhere—the term "less is more" really applies here. If you're trying out the look with a dress, make sure it's a style that hits no higher than the knee; if you're trying the trend with a crop top, pair it with a voluminous pant, like a dramatic culotte.
Cutouts have been in demand season after season, but this time around, fabrics have been slashed and spliced to create an unexpected peek-a-boo effect. When giving the trend a go, be sure to balance out your look with slouchy silhouettes and cover up elsewhere.
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Sacai, Chloé, and Marc Jacobs delivered badass renditions of military-inspired looks. To work the style into your wardrobe, shop for pieces that scream "military" in color and detail (read: army green and oversize pockets) but have a feminine fit, like the matching pencil skirt and crop top set you'll find ahead.
Runway inspiration (L-R): Sacai, Chloe, Marc Jacobs
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Even though the looks at Altuzarra, Balenciaga, and Balmain are rather racy, the offerings at retail level are much more wearable. Sheer-backed lattice work and strategically placed cutouts on tailored tops and fitted dresses brings this look down to earth.
Runway inspiration (L-R): Altuzarra, Balenciaga, Balmain
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Fringe detailing got a makeover this season. Designers ditched the western vibe and delivered playful looks that feel incredibly modern. To ease into the trend, try a small fringed handbag. If you're more of a risk-taker, go for a sexy fringe skirt. Shop both ahead.
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On the runway, it was go big or go home. But if the silhouette intimidates you, try the look in small doses by wearing a top with a tiered hem. When wearing a flouncy tiered dress, keep the rest of your look simple with minimal accessories (like a simple strappy sandal and streamlined jewelry).
It's never been easier to master the borrowed-from-the-boys look, as designers continue to turn out expertly crafted separates. For a modern take, steer clear of shoulder pads and matchy-matchy pant suits. To add a touch of femininity, look for pieces with a ladylike edge. Don't be afraid to accessorize with killer heels and a structured handbag.