In my senior year of college I do not think I attended a single party where at least one girl did not have part of her dressing missing. No, she did not leave it at home – there was just a hole, sometimes just a sliver of skin peaking through and other times there was definitely more flesh than dress. Case and point, my friend Lauren and I both chose dresses with black cutouts for a swim team party my senior year in college. Excuse the solo cups and the bit of shine – you get the picture. When I left college though, this dress and two others with the cutouts remained on campus.
Fast forward a few years to last weekend where I was at a bar in Brooklyn with a 30-something in a cutout dress that verged on nonexistent and it reminded me of something I believe I heard a fashion critic on E! say – if a dress has a cutout it should not bigger than a slice of pizza. And in my mind that slice of pizza should not be big Artichoke-size slice, but the size of a medium size pie that is cut in 1/8ths.
I am going to go so far to say that now that I am out of college, cutout dresses should be banned but if you are in the “real world” a good rule of thumb is that all of the missing pieces should not add add up to more than a pizza slice. Personally I have send farewell to cutouts but that doesn not mean you can’t wear them – like my 8 fashion trends I won’t wear – it just means I won’t.
If you are going to rock the trend here are some of my favorite subtle cutouts on dresses perfect for summer:
Do you think this is a fair rule or should dresses not have missing pieces at al?