This is how the ‘cut out’ is worn, the trend that revitalizes any black garment

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Marta Benayas Alamos



Although there is no doubt that fashion is cyclical, there are certain currents that only confirm it, it is enough to take a look at catwalks or Street Style to realize it. At a time when the ephemeral is part of everyday life, it seems that times are moving faster than ever, and with it, trends. For this reason, it is not surprising that every time a greater variety of styles is seen on the streets that also arise as a result of the increased impact on the consumer through advertising or social networks, two powerful sources of inspiration.

In recent times two currents prevail. On the one hand, minimalism reminiscent of the nineties, with simple cuts and fabrics that seek to show the purest version of who wears it; and on the other, the excesses of the eighties, with the Bling-Bling aesthetic as the protagonist that leaves little to discretion.

Halfway between the two would be the fashion of the early 2000s, with its XXS cuts and strategic openings that seem to be gaining ground.

From the background to becoming the protagonist

Precisely in this decade we would place the trend on which this topic is centered, el ‘cut-out’, which began its takeoff back in 2017 and is now going through one of its best moments. What began as an alternative for the firms to make their designs look more sensual has been consolidated as a fashion that, as risky as it may be, is able to adapt to any situation and time of day.

Some of the first firms to highlight it in their collections were Alexander McQueen, Gucci o Alexander Wang, who resorted to it through seventies prints on the necklines of tops or shirts with a very wide color palette. Little by little, the more affordable firms followed suit, including it in sweaters or t-shirts in a fairly discreet way.

from left  From left to right: proposals from Versace, Saint Laurent, David Koma and Mugler
from left From left to right: proposals from Versace, Saint Laurent, David Koma and Mugler – © Gtres

During 2019 and with the pandemic it went more unnoticed to return stronger than ever in recent months, with the spring-summer 2021 collections by firms such as Dundas, Saint Laurent, Brandon Maxwell, David Koma y Off White. All of them presented it in its most provocative version in the form of tight minidresses, almost-impossible pants, or skirts with infinite seams. A special mention deserves Mugler, recently deceased, who made this resource one of his hallmarks.

Although each of these brands has made this trend their own, they also have in common that they have opted for give special prominence to the color black, perhaps because it is one of the most versatile and easy shades when it comes to combining with other garments and that becomes very suitable to balance it and that it does not look too excessive.

Chiara Ferragni dressed as David Koma;  Mugler's Cindy Burna and Congri's Milena Smit
Chiara Ferragni dressed as David Koma; Mugler’s Cindy Burna and Congri’s Milena Smit – © Instagram: @chiaraferragni / Gtres

On the red carpet it has conquered the celebrities who wear it in outfits where fabrics with character such as leather or chiffon predominate, and which also include transparencies that give them a very daring touch (even more so if possible). In the case of Ferragni, Bruna y Smit, these are red carpet outfits from which a key point is extracted: the neckline takes center stage through these openings and is extolled thanks to fabrics that fit the silhouette like a second skin.

If you are looking for an option that can be used on a day-to-day basis, the options proposed by Jennifer Lopez and Veronica Ferraro are more versatile thanks to the way in which they balance it with other simpler garments that make it look less ornate.

J.Lo and the 'insiders'  also succumb to this trend
J.Lo and the ‘insiders’ also succumb to this trend – © Instagram: @jlo @veronicaferraro

The keys to show it off like a celebrity

– add a few stilettos of some striking color, or failing that, a pair of high pointed musketeer boots with which to provide more drama to the look.

– Choose a collected in the hair, which in addition to helping it to be seen more, will limit the outfit of a certain drama.

– Take it in format ‘total look black’.

If you want to stylize the silhouette, bodysuits with side cut-outs are the best option, while those who prefer a more impressive effect should focus on the shoulders, neckline and belly.

Alternatives to succumb to this trend

© D.R.
© D.R.

Both luxury brands and more affordable firms offer a wide range of possibilities to show off this trend. In the image, from left to right: dress with openings at the neckline, David Koma (€465); halter neck crop top The Attic (€ 380); asymmetrical mini dress, from Zara (€9.90); pants with grommets, Adam Salman (€180); jumpsuit made of lurex, Bershka (29,99€).

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