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Being in love with fashion translates to being in love with showcasing your body in the best way. A great way to flaunt some skin and the shape of your body is with a dress with strategically placed cutouts.

Many fashion designers have discovered the great appeal of giving a dress a bathing suit vibe with peeks of ribcage, back, and midriff shown. Unexpected exposed skin creates a sexy silhouette you want to show off.

On the Spring 2012 runways, Proenza Schouler black cutout dresses stood out and Cushnie et Ochs continued to showcase their signature cutout garments. The cutout trend has been spotted on many modern day fashion icons like Rihanna, Nicole Richie, and Zoe Saldana.

Here are three rules to follow when embracing the cutout:

Keep Your Look Simple.
You should keep the rest of your look simple. You want your dress to make the statement not a piece of oversized jewelry or wild printed shoes. Play with color such as neons, pastels, and neutrals.

Highlight the Part of Your Body You Love.
The main goal of a cutout dress is to showcase a sexy part of your body. Flaunting your favorite asset is a great way to give yourself a confidence boost. If you are feeling iffy about showing off a certain body part, you do not have to expose it. Side cutouts are great for toned abs. Keyholes are great for the bustline.

Don’t Over Expose.
Never over expose your body. One cutout on a dress is better than several cutouts on one dress. You want to look sexy without being mistaken for a lady of the night.

There are many ways to rock the cutout dresses trend whether you decide to showcase a sliver of skin or toned tummy.

Would you wear a cutout dress?

– Paulette Wilson

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  • Jaslene

    After I get rid of my pooch I am going to be all cut up and out.

  • Cha Cha

    I wore a black cutout dress back in September of last year for a party, and I although I am kind of small, I have a little bit of a belly due to childbirth…but the dress was still cute and nobody could see my belly due to the placement of the cutouts (the ribs) and Spanx.