One might have been scandalized about a snip taken to their garments (and sewn it right back up to correct it)—but no longer! Taking the découpage to the dresses, designers have been nipping at the waist left and right, like mischievous kids playing with scissors in their mom's closet. Creating an almost bathing-suit-feel, these peeks of ribcage bring an unexpected shot of sexily exposed skin. For the safety of own your wardrobe, you might not want to trust yourself to break out the shears—best leave that to the professionals.
Above, from left, fall '09 looks from: Rachel Roy, Preen, Vena Cava, Preen; photos courtesy of Style.com.