Cut-Out Crimes: Clothes With Strange Cut-Outs

We’re not sure whether this counts as a true crime of fashion, or simply a minor clothing-related annoyance, but today we want to talk about the phenomenon that is cut-out clothes:

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[L-R: Miss Selfridge, Rare London, AX Paris, Cheap Monday, Nelly, Oasis]

We’ve all been there. There you are, happily browsing the racks at your favourite boutique or department store. You spy a pretty looking dress, or a top in a fabulous fabric, pull it excitedly from the rail, and…

… discover the strange cut-out section.

If you’re lucky, the strange cut-out will only be at the tip of the shoulder, or the middle of the back: annoying, but not TOO odd looking. Β In the spring/summer of 2013, though, it’s much more likely that the cut-out will be somewhere else: and that there’ll be more than one of them.

As you can see from the collage above, the current favourite place for a strange cut-out is the love-handles. Because everyone wants their love handles on display, right? Even if you don’t, however, that’s just too bad: we’ve arrested countless dresses and tops this season which would have been perfectly passable if it weren’t for the fact that someone had taken great chunks out of each side. The upper torso is another favoured location for the Strange Cut-Out It, with it serving to highlight the bottom of your bra, or maybe your breastbone, depending on the exact location of the SCO. If you’re VERY unlucky, the dress in question might be a double-whammy, exposing love handles AND breastbone. And if you’re shopping in a place that prides itself on being “edgy”, you may even find yourself face-to-face with your upper thighs when you slip on that skirt and take a look in the mirror.

Needless to say, The Fashion Police are not fans of the strange cut-outs, which we think make most items look like they’ve had a near-fatal run-in with the Clothes Ripper. What about you, though? Do you think cut-out clothes are crimes of fashion, or have you just been waiting for the right moment to show the world your love handles?

7 Comments

  • May 21, 2013

    Mia

    Cut-out dresses are amazing..
    unless your back fat is coming out through them!

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  • May 21, 2013

    Dressed2the9s

    Cut outs arnt just meant to show skin. They are SUPPOSE to flatter the silhoette. I don’t get why some of these brands place them here and there randomly. Half the time it actually makes a girls waist look wider. Weol placed slimming cutouts YES, stupid random or unflattering ones NO

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  • May 22, 2013

    Eunice!

    I think it looks so ugly! πŸ™ I don’t know what are they trying to create by cutting clothes like that, it doesn’t even look good on any body!!! πŸ™

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  • May 22, 2013

    Raluca

    I adore cut-out back dresses, as for the other kinds of cut-outs – I haven’t tried them.

    I think a small cut-out in the front could look cute – but I really don’t think you’re supposed to wear a bra with it, just like in the case of most cut-out back stuff – so this is one instance where having small breasts is a perk, so to speak :).

    As for the “love-handle” cut-out, it actually looks a bit higher up than that to me, more like in the ribs area, which is supposed to be skinny, so maybe they are not that unflattering after all. But who knows, I’ve only seen the slim Asos models wear them, not a “real” person.

    So all in all I’m pro cut outs so long as, I agree with a previous commentator, there aren’t fat rolls making their escape through them.

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  • May 23, 2013

    Anna

    There will be no cutouts for me, especially not the back cut out. I have back-ne. I’ve been seeing swimsuits with the back cut out too.

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  • May 23, 2013

    Raluca

    I’ve realized that I actually DO own an “alternatively cut-out” dress after all; your blog suggested similar posts and among them a style trial one featuring the Aqua Cut-Out Cuckoo Dress – which I own; in red! πŸ™‚ But, even though I’ve had it for a few years, I haven’t worn it yet – not because of the cut-outs (I’ve just checked and they are indeed above my love-handles, in a fat-free area), but because I don’t feel very comfortable in the longer than I’m used to pencil skirt (and I think I should be a few kilos thinner to really do it justice).

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  • May 24, 2013

    Anna

    I think the cutout skirt is very strange looking and definitely a crime of fashion, and I think that some shoulder cutouts can look random and weird, but I kind of don’t mind the others. I don’t own anything with cutouts, but if I found a cute top or dress with cutouts, it wouldn’t stop me from buying it.

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