99 Sexy Cutout Dresses for When You Want to Show a Little Skin

Cutouts are as popular as ever. Celebrities rock them on the red carpet, models rock them on catwalks, fashion bloggers rock them in glam photoshoots. The trend is unescapable, so every true fashionista must have at least one cutout dress in her closet to wear with pride whenever she wants to feel sexy and ladylike. Because these dresses are extremely provocative without being too revealing. And the best part? They’re flattering on almost any silhouette. We’ve gathered plenty of examples below that will convince you a cutout dress is the easiest way to look feminine and flaunt your best assets at the same time.

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A seemingly basic dress, but the cutouts and the bow keep things interesting. Loving the contrast between and the tight bodice and the skater skirt.

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You can easily wear a cutout dress as a top. Pair it with jeans for a casual look.

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An extremely feminine skirt and a bodice cut out in all the right places. That’s what we call a winning outfit. The neon color really stands out.

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The funky colors are to die for, while the strategic cutouts highlight her perfect silhouette.

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Christina Milian really knows how to rock a maxi dress cut in all the right places. If you’re looking for something more low-key though, skip the generous cleavage.

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Cutout dresses are great for formal events. Accessorize them smartly and you’ve got an eye-grabbing outfit in a jiffy.

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The pattern is very cool, and the cutout discreet and effective. The shows are also gorgeous.

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Cutouts can make it difficult to find a bra that will go with the dress, but there are plenty of invisible options out there. Or, you know, you can always go bra-less. Sexy and liberating at the same time.

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The designer was very creative here, and it really pays off. We can’t take our eyes off the lovely top.

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Simple, elegant, and suitable for work. Pair it with a blazer and you’ll look like a fashionable #girlboss.

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This dress kind of screams ‘date’, especially paired with those sexy shoes. She has a point though – who could resist those stripes?

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For a more casual outing, flip-flops are highly recommended. The vintage suitcase doesn’t hurt either.

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If you’re planning an outfit for a crazy night out you can’t go wrong with a tight cutout dress and gladiator sandals. You’ll be the life of the party.

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Remember what be said about sexy, but not too revealing? Here’s a perfect example of what we meant.

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Casual doesn’t have to mean boring. Case and point.

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Cutout dresses are perfect for the beach, while this shade of baby blue does a great job at highlighting that subtle tan.

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Gorgeous dress, wonderful necklace. When it comes to accessories, keeping things simple is your best bet. A statement piece is often more effective than multiple necklaces or bracelets.

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How cute is this? The pockets alone are perfection, not to mention that strategic cut.

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Eye-catching pattern? Check! Funky colors? Check! Flattering cutout? Check! She’s more than ready to hit the town in this stunning outfit.

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For a more elegant affair, here’s a spin on the classic little black dress that will ensure all eyes will be on you. If you’re proud of your waist, why not show it off?

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A daring and revealing dress, but also a feminine choice. You may not be able to wear this outfit at the office, but it’s ideal for a party or club outing.

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Cutouts don’t have to be extreme. Even a minimal one can bring new life into a seemingly basic dress. A deeper V, for instance, will highlight your cleavage in a sexy but subtle way.

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Classy, elegant, provocative.

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Mesh has really made its way into mainstream fashion. It’s great for toughening up your outfits and making you look effortlessly chic. See what we mean?

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Jessica Alba is always a stunner, and she knows how to take maximum advantage of strategic cutouts. We should follow her lead.

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You can’t look more feminine than this. Heart cutouts are hugely popular for a reason – they’re uber-cute. And kind of whimsical, don’t you agree?

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The black and white combo makes this outfit look classy and stylish, while the small cutout gives it a bit of an edge.

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This dress basically screams summer and we’re really digging it. Anything with stripes is a good fashion choice in our humble opinion anyway.

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Red is the color of passion, so it’s fitting for such a daring and gorgeous dress.

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Elegant and edgy, this dress will win you some major fashion points. Make sure you pair it with a sturdy pair of shoes, as it doesn’t quite go with strappy sandals.

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See what we meant about cutout dresses being well-suited for any silhouette? As long as you go for one that highlights your assets you’ll truly shine.

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Emma Watson looks wonderful in this whimsical dress – it’s flattering, eye-catching, and interesting. The shoes are great too.

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Cutout dresses are great in the spring, but they’ll also come in handy this summer. They’re basically an investment piece, versatile and comfy.

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Loving the color and the funky pattern!

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Hello, stripes! This dress has a gorgeous back and it looks great with that navy bag. Plus, the outfit is suitable for numerous occasions, from a business lunch to a casual after-work date. Wherever you decide to wear it, you’ll look stunning.

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Wonderful print, sexy statement necklace, eye-catching cutouts. Glorious outfit indeed.

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Lucy Liu is a queen and she knows it. Her stylist really figured out how to highlight her perfect silhouette.

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Floral prints are ideal for spring and they look great on cutout dresses. They’re girly and flirty. If you want to pull off a feminine look, this is how you do it.

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Neon colors are here to stay. Color block outfits are all the rage. Cutouts are as hot as ever. Combine these three trends and you’re golden.


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When the weather isn’t as warm as you’d like, pairing your dress with a warm cardigan and boots is the way to go.

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The perfect look for a festival, right?

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Blake Lively’s body is to die for, and she sure knows how to highlight all her best assets via gorgeous, form-fitting dresses. We’re in awe.

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Sexy and playful.

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Taylor Swift really knows how to take maximum advantage of cutouts. If you’re looking for some style inspiration, she’s the queen of feminine attire.

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Lovely cutouts, lively pattern.

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Sequins galore! This dress will look awesome on the dance floor.

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Another shot of Taylor Swift-y perfection.

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White is a tricky color to wear, but rewarding in so many ways.

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Kim really knows how to make a trend her own, and cutouts are no exception.

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Another upgrade on the classic little black dress we know you’ll appreciate.

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Short, sweet, and very sexy.

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This might just be perfect spring dress. It’s got flowers, it’s got cutouts, its good ribbons, and it’s extremely flattering.

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The fringe at the bottom is mesmerizing.

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Are those cutouts in the shape of a skull? Very intriguing.

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Another awesome festival look. Summer can’t come soon enough.

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Serious in the front, party in the back!

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Lovely print and great colors. She really stands out from the crowd.

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Gorgeous design.

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This dress barely has a back, but we’re in no way complaining.

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Casual, feminine, stunning.

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Cutout dresses are a great choice for prom. They’re playful and memorable, so your date will definitely be impressed. The shoes are also uber-cute.


Festival look #3, because we need options. And this is probably the only setting where cutout dresses + boots = perfection.

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Horizontal lines aren’t very flattering, but that’s not a problem when you’ve got a perfect silhouette. Better show it off.

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It doesn’t get more bohemian than this.

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Is it a bathing suit? No, it’s a dress, and a daring one. It will definitely help you turn some heads.

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Short, hot, stunning. Perfect for a 4th of July party.

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Pink is a popular color for cutout dresses, since it makes the whole outfit look even more feminine.

Well that’s a bold look! We’re really digging the design of the dress, while the shoes ae mesmerizing on their own.

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Great dress, amazing shoes.

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If you have a discreet tattoo, a well-placed cutout can be the perfect way to highlight it.

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Simple, strapless, wonderful.

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Mesh makes another special appearance.

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Stunning cutout, awesome bag.


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The deep V is perfection.

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An interesting take on the cutout trend, recommended only for the bold fashionistas.

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That ombre effect is sensational.

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Simple, yet oh so effective!

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Leighton Meester knows how to use the power of mesh in her favor. She looks completely dazzling.

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Provocative and mesmerizing.

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How perfect is this bodice? We’re in awe.

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Great color and great use of string.

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The thing about white dresses is that they’re the perfect canvas for some bold patterns. Case and point.

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Party on the beach? Here’s a perfect outfit for your summer adventures.

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Classy, elegant, and edgy at the same time. Nonetheless, the perfect outfit to rock when visiting Paris.

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The cherries are extremely cute.

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Casual, but the neon color really helps this dress stand out.

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If you’re going for cleavage, this dress will really help you highlight your assets, if you know what we mean.

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Elegant and very princess-like.

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Simple, yet stunning.

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Polka dots really are a girl’s best friends.

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Same design, different patterns. Both great.

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Awesome use of color.

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A gorgeous and extremely feminine outfit for an elegant affair.

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Release you inner Gaga.

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Ravishing dress, don’t you agree?

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Festival look #4, because we can’t get enough of these boho-chic outfits.


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Daring and mesmerizing.

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If you’re looking to really make an impression, this is the way to go.

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The shoes are also perfection by the way.

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This dress is giving us vintage feels and it’s oh so charming.

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Ending with some stripes, because stripes are always the best.

A cutout dress is the perfect look for a night out or a fancy cocktail party. You can pair it with a pair of strappy sandals and a simple clutch. By keeping things simple, you really let the cutouts shine.

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