Nicole Richie cutout dress trend

Warm weather is here to stay and skin is in.

Sheer fabrics, lace insets and midriff baring crop tops are all the rage this season, and -- while I love all of the aforementioned – strategically placed cutouts in dresses are by far one of my favorite warm weather trends.

If you too are a fan of showing skin, cutout dresses offer a great alternative to plunging necklines, high-cut slits or provocative hemlines. What’s more, cutouts showcase just enough skin to draw interest (in a modest fashion), yet leave a little to the imagination. For that reason, this trend is wearable for a number of occasions, from late-night parties to sunny soirees. Here I am in one of my more casual cutout looks, prior to a friend’s dinner party:

Cutout dresses have also been seen on several of my favorite trend-setting celebrities, such as Rihanna and Miley Cyrus:

As you notice in the above photos, there are a few reoccurring themes. Here are three tips vital to pulling off the trend:

Simplicity is key: Keep your hair, makeup and footwear simple.

Less is more: Keep your accessories to a minimum.

Confidence is the best accessory: ‘Nuff said.

By following these tips, you and your cutout dress are guaranteed to be the center of attention with onlookers and fellow fashionistas, alike.

Check out a few of my favorite cutout dresses:

DSQUARED2 Sleeveless Cutout Dress (Intermix)

Reverse Pineapple Print Pinup Dress (Urban Outfitters)

Material Girl Juniors Dress, Sleeveless Tribal-Print Cutout Maxi (Macy’s)

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