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Cut. It. Out.

urban outfitters_steve maddenWho knew that Uncle Joey had the foresight that cut outs would be all the rage? All summer long, I noticed a high volume of girls in cut out dresses and was secretly jealous of how cute they all looked. As you can tell from my posts, I’m not big into showing skin so I dismissed the cut out all together.

On a recent shopping trip, as I was riffling through a sale rack, my eyes were drawn to a floral print that reminded me of a watercolor painting. I was a fan of the mix of colors: gray (my fave), purple and a hint of peach. Immediately, I pulled it off the rack. Once I saw the mesh and cut outs, I was ready to put it back. But at the urging of my shopping buddy, I decided to give it a try. And you guessed it; I loved the dress. The cut outs were minimal and most were covered in the sheer mesh fabric, which gave me a (false) sense of being covered up.

If you followed my Instagram last week, you know that I was wedding venue hunting. The location will remain undisclosed until I have a signed contract. It was on this particular trip that I debuted this dress for a night out with my fiance as we explored the area. To kick this outfit up a notch, I zipped on my my patent caged heels to continue with the cut out theme. I threw in my yellow lucite clutch to add an unexpected pop of color. Being that the clutch is completely clear, I was mindful of what I carried around that night. So, moral of this post? Be brave and bare some skin!

Outfit Details:

Cut Out Dress: Urban Outfitters (Silence+Noise), $19.99. This dress must have recently sold out online. However, there are plenty of cut out dresses (on sale). Here are a few of my fave: (1) Urban Renewal Side Cutout Tank Dress, $29.99, (2) Sparkle & Fade Knit Mesh-Back Dress, $19.99 and (3) Insight Lost Union Dress, $29.99.

Caged Heels: Steve Madden (Macy’s), $50-ish. I honestly cannot remember how long ago I purchased these. For an updated version, check out the Alexxia Leather Booties by Steve Madden at Lord & Taylor on clearance for $49.99. Use code BIG and save an additional 25% ($37.49). These are still selling for $130 on Piperlime and Steve Madden!!

Yellow Lucite Clutch: BCBGeneration from Rue La La, $27.90 (retail: $88). Here are some similar options: (1) Forever21 Metallic-Trimmed Clear Clutch, $21.80 and (2) Nordstrom Expressions NYC Clear Box Clutch (yellow, brown, green and pink), $48.

Drop Faux Crystal Earrings: Banana Republic, $20. This was a sale item that I bought around Christmas time last year. As an alternative, loving these Sabine Half Flower Drop Earrings at Piperlime, $26.

Turnlock Bracelet: Banana Republic, $20.  For a similar bracelet with a lower price point, check this Jewel Be Mine silver hook me up bracelet, $17.

2 Comments on Cut. It. Out.

    • Linda
      August 25, 2013 at 6:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lauren! Decided to give it a try!