Trend Watch: Belly-Baring Cut-Outs

For a flattering alternative to all those cropped blouses and sweaters, try one of this season's cut-out dresses, which reveal just enough skin without leaving you over-exposed.

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Versace's futuristic spring collection was practically a study in the good things that can happen when expert tailors start removing slices of material rather than adding them. This tummy-revealing cocktail dress also features slices at the shoulder.
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For a flattering alternative to all those cropped blouses and sweaters, try one of this season's cut-out dresses, which reveal just enough skin without leaving you over-exposed. This colorful Rodarte version for spring includes a triangular sliver of skin at the front.
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This printed option by Alexx Jae & Milk offers a winning alternative to the Rodarte look for less than $100. $61 at Milk Boutique.
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Another sophisticated take on the Rodarte runway featured draped linen necklines with just enough of a "peek" at the waist.
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In a similar twist, this Rick Owens Lilies dress offers a similar draped appeal, with little cutouts at the sides. ($410 at Satine Boutique)
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Versace's futuristic spring collection was practically a study in the good things that can happen when expert tailors start removing slices of material rather than adding them. This tummy-revealing cocktail dress also features slices at the shoulder.
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Shopbop
Alexander Wang has long been a champion of the cut-out dress, but this twisted bodice dress with an uncharacteristically conservative neckline is our favorite yet. $785 at Shopbop.
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Ditto Rory Beca's printed linen sundress, which features triangular cut-outs right at the narrowest part of the torso. Of course, the only danger presented by all of these sundresses is the potential for unusually-shaped sunburns. $165 at Shopbop.
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Net-a-Porter
For the more progressive cut-out afficionado, Carven's unusual take on the tummy trend included these dramatic asymmetrical cut-outs at the torso. $640 at Net-a-Porter.
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Shopbop
We love it whenever an animal print is introduced into one of our favorite trends. At Pencey, these swishy denim dresses were finished with triangular cut-outs at the waist. $238 at Shopbop.
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ASOS
Another take on the trend by ASOS featured a single cut-out in the mid-torso area rather than the waist. Definitely a good option if you're not quite ready to bare your hips to the world. $107.58 at ASOS.
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Rachel Pally
A breezy poolside maxi dress by Rachel Pally includes a plunging neckline and generous torso-bearing cut-outs. Add a vintage print head-wrap and voila! Groovy 70's chic.
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Opening Ceremony
Refined and architectural, this cut-out evening dress by Hakaan not only features tummy-bearing windows, but hip accentuating volume at the waist, making the upper torso look teensy tiny. $2156 at Opening Ceremony.
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Urban Outfitters
Cheap and chic, byCORPUS' polka-dot printed sundress features a dainty keyhole at the mid torso. We think it would pair perfectly with a floppy bucket hat and lace-up sandals for a stylish picnic in the park. $49 at Urban Outfitters.
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