The No-Fuss Guide To Wearing Cut-Outs

We may have reached peak cut-out during the spring '17 season: Off-White, Acne Studios, and Y/Project all omitted pieces of fabric here and there, while Ellery, DKNY, and Victoria Beckham dipped their toes into the exposed-skin trend with so-called "cold shoulder" silhouettes. Then, of course, there were the single shoulder cut-outs on the slashed hoodies at Vetements — because if there was any doubt that this was the main takeaway for the season, Demna Gvasalia's seal of approval all but laid it out on the dotted line. The TL;DR? Now's the time to show off the teensiest, tiniest sliver of skin.

Whether it's a flash of the waist, a hint of the shoulder, or a cut-out at the elbow, the spring/summer drops are all about elegant, peek-a-boo details. 'Tis the season for subtle flaunting: This trend offers up the opportunity to discreetly expose your favorite body part. Plus, as the warmer weather approaches, a little extra ventilation is always welcome.

To prove that this trend is as easy as slipping on a pair of slides the moment temperatures rise over 70 degrees, we tried on five no-fuss cut-out garments ahead. Click on to see how to wear (and bare) them all.

Photographed by Ana Cuba.
Consider the shoulder cut-out the introductory level to spring '17's most pervasive trend. This simple-but-elegant jumpsuit, which can be dressed up, down, and everything in-between, is an easy entry point: Wear with sneakers or sandals during the daytime, or finish off with killer heels and a statement bag once the sun sets.

Zara Polka-dot Jumpsuit, $69.90, available at Zara.
Photographed by Ana Cuba.
The dusty pink hue of this blouse first caught our eye, but it was the subtle exposed shoulder that sealed the deal for us. This sheer, ruched lace silhouette comes with a camisole underlay, on top of the cold-shoulder detail, to reveal some skin. Try it with high-waisted flared jeans for a sophisticated-but-fun weekend look.

Topshop Lace Frill Cold Shoulder Top, $65, available at Topshop.
Photographed by Ana Cuba.
Baring your midriff doesn't necessarily mean going full-blown '90s TLC. (Although, we're never against that.) This twisted Topshop Boutique cut-out, silk dress, though, reveals only part of the torso, while the high neckline, long sleeves, and midi-length balance out the exposed skin.

Topshop Boutique dress.
Photographed by Ana Cuba.
This indigo-blue denim top is plucked directly from Attico's spring '17 collection. (It's hard to believe that the label only debuted last year, founded by designers and street style stars Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio.) It has just the right amount of stretch to structure the ruffled trim, blouson sleeves, and fitted bodice, while the shoulder cut-outs add a playful twist. Follow the designers' lead and style it with jeans and mules.

Attico Luna 2 Cut-out Shoulder Cotton-blend Top, $341, available at MatchesFashion.
Photographed by Ana Cuba.
Nothing says transitional dressing quite like fall knits with spring ventilation. Leave it to the reigning king of British knitwear to pull it off, though: Teatum Jones masters the sexy sweater look (seriously, who would've thought?) with this extra-long-sleeved number. And while we're mostly over ripped denim, these Rejina Pyo jeans, with their raw, circular holes, make us want to double up on the skin exposure.

Teatum Jones sweater; Rejina Pyo Mia Jeans, $349.50, available at Rejino Pyo.