Sassy cutout designs in bright, bold colors and breezy silhouettes are undoubtedly one of my favorite summer trends. When done right (i.e., not too revealing, which can happen whenever skin-baring is involved), it’s a quirky but modest way to show off tanned summer skin.
Cold shoulder is an essential silhouette that’s easy to execute and displays one’s outgoing, fun side. Meanwhile, open back keeps it classy by avoiding the reveal of provocative body parts. Sweet and girly summer dresses are great styles to begin with as well. With the addition of intricate design details, they can make you look edgy and adorable for dressier occasions!
Here are some of my favorites ranging from bohemian for the outdoors to urban-luxe for drinks.
Playsuits are the next best thing when I feel like giving my tired LBD a much needed vacay. This breezy style sassed up with cold shoulder detail will look so fabulous and effortless for downtime dressing. Team it with colorful wellies for rainy days.
This is another infinitely wearable summer essential. The little pops of peek-a-boo skin on the front and back give just a hint of sexiness, while the minimalist design means it goes well with everything. I’d like to wear it with worn-in jeans all summer long.
A cross-strap cutout back provides a very nice update on the traditional plain knit top, spicing up any downtime look. I’d wear it with a simple flowing maxi skirt to make the open back a little edgier.
The intricate perforated construction of this sheer shirtdress shows just the right amount of skin. The tone-on-tone opaque panels give it a modern flair. This look may not be for the office but when paired with sleek heels and a colorful clutch bag, it’d make a nice combo for date night.
It’s hard to tell that you’ve gained weight by looking at your shoulders, so this every nice cold shoulder top is well-received. With a breezy cut and peekaboo details, it can easily be my new favorite weekend blouse.
Ethereal dresses like this flowing tunic makes for a dreamy downtime look. The slit sleeves and silky fabrication allow you to show off your tanned skin.
This dress is an instant favorite, as it combines botanical pattern and the cutout trend for a versatile summer look. The trapeze cut creates an effortless holiday sentiment.
Bodycon styles easily come off as too sexy, but the halter neck and open back of this one keep it sophisticated for special occasions. It’d look great with minimal jewelry and a flattering pair of nude heels.
Side cutouts have become a big trend for their effortlessly sexy nature. This fitted tank with two major peekaboo cutouts is great for making a sassy statement. Just be sure to temper the bold design with more conservative bottoms, like skinny jeans or a fitted midi.
When it comes to swimwear, I am usually torn between a classic bikini and a sexy one-piece bathing suit. This two-piece set covers up more than a bikini while featuring bold cutouts that make for an easy balance. I look forward to frolicking in the sea in this outfit!