While it’s clear that skin is in, the let-it all-hang-out look is for the birds. The current trend aims for the perfect marriage between class and sex appeal, which is great for summer. “Some brands that are doing it really well, and unexpected cut outs, and not basic are House of CB, Balmain, Halston, For Love and Lemons,” Levine explained. “There’s a certain edge and high fashion approach when this is done right.”
An easy starting point? Find a cocktail dress that has cut outs on the sides or in the back. Dress it up with some accessories and go to town!
[Editor’s note: This story was originally published April 2017]