Cut-out dresses are the perfect way to show a peek of skin without going overboard, and they're popping up everywhere, as recently evidenced by Aubrey Plaza, Audrina Patridge, and Ellen Page. Aubrey Plaza got the prize for most elaborate cut-outs at last night's premiere of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World — we love how she stuck with a minimal black color and really let the cut-outs draw attention. Audrina Patridge went for a more colorful look that showed off her tan — and a sliver of her upper right ribcage — in this fuschia minidress by Bouley Designs for the season finale of The Hills. And last week, Ellen Page got on the cut-out bandwagon with this pretty teal dress by Yigal Azrouel at the Los Angeles premiere of Inception. The cut-out at the top of the chest was just enough to make the dress look modern and young, but not too racy.
Want the look! Go for it. We firmly believe that one well-placed slice in can take a ho-hum dress and make it SIZZLE. To get Audrey's look, try the Cirillo dress by Aqua ($143.18). Go colorful like Audrina with a similar version from ASOS in red ($43.80). Try green like Ellen at Victoria's Secret, which makes a similar one for just $48. Best of all, their version has a built-in bra so you don't have to worry about straps.
+ Which cut-out dress do you like best — Aubrey, Audrina, or Ellen?