Wednesday, 9 February 2011

The cutout LBD

I was looking on ASOS for a dress and it came to my attention there is a fine line between a great design and showing too much skin. The trend of the cutout dress has this issue. I have come to the conclusion that to avoid looking like you've just come off the street (never a good look), anything you cut-out in material must then be added on somewhere else, usually in neckline or length. I have picked out a few examples that I think manage to show your assets but remain classy.

1. Name: ASOS Cut Out Popper Dress
    Price: £40
    This comes in 3 colours, Greenlake, Cream and Black (shown here). It features cut out detail to the sides with press stud fastenings to the centre, a scoop neckline and mini length styling. With regard to my rule above, what it take from the waist it makes up for in neck line. If you have a small waist this is the perfect way of showing it off without wearing bodycon.

2. Name: ASOS Cut Out Shift Dress
    Price: £35
This also comes in 3 colours, Berry, White and Black (shown). It is a mini dress with cut out detailing to the back and sides with shaped panelling and a button fastening to the reverse. Not seen in the picture the front is completely covered with good tailoring and the angle of the cutouts give a sliming effect.

3. Name: ASOS Cape Back Waisted Dress
    Price: £35
This comes in just one colour, black, and I suppose would get listed as a backless dress rather than cutout, but I thought it a good demontration as backless dresses have the backs "cut out". It features a cape detail to the shoulders and back, a deep V-neckline and a fitted panel to the waist. It is more floaty in design and will move well with the cape back moving showing varying amounts of skin. Lovely V-neck is made up for with ruffle sleeves mimicking the cape.

I know all of the above are from ASOS (I should really have shopped around) but the same rules apply to any dress. You can find this style dress in most shops. I also realise all the above are around the same price mark (I usually go for a range) but as they are pretty cheap I hope this isn't a problem. I am happy to source some other from either end of the price spectrum.
 I love this look and for someone as pale as me the LBD look really works in contrast with my skin tone. I hope this was helpful and please comment or ask any requests :)
xxx

39 comments:

  1. Love the cape...very chic :)

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  2. Yeh it's pretty awsome....and i'm off to do so now :)
    xxx

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  3. I agree. All of these are very classy. I think I really like the first or the third!

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  4. Yeh I would wear them all tbh :P Thanks

    xxx

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  6. Haha me too. Thanks I am just off to look at yours :)

    xxx

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  7. Very true, I love the first dress! I'm really not into body-con dresses though...

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  8. Yeh, none of these are bodycon, though some show off your figure :)

    xxx

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  9. Love the first one!
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  10. the dress is gorgeous,
    very chic!
    nice blog, xxx

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  11. I love the first dress!!
    Let the summer begin!

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  12. Haha yeh thanks for the comments. I know summer here I come. I am actually buying the 1st one now :)

    zzz

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  13. I want the first one!

    Love Grace.

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  14. Yeh there is also a cheaper alternative to the first with a twist instead of popper detail :)

    xxx

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  15. I love ASOS :)

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  16. love the 3rd!

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  17. thanks for sharing! the dress is GOREGEOUS! i would wear it immediately!

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  18. These are gorgeous! I want the third one.

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  19. Yeh thanks for the comments guys :) If you want them, then it's off to boost ASOS sales :P
    xxx

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  20. good to see your blog again!
    keep up the good work!
    i'll always come back and visit!

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    COSMICaroline.blogspot.com

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  21. the dress is really cute... especially the open back!

    xx, Sabinna and David

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  22. Want second dress. So Versace! Love it. xo

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  23. great post :)


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  26. That was very helpful, it's always necessary to think about how to contrast outfits & especially when we have to bare skin.

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  29. love the cape!
    xoxo


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  30. Your post is simply amazing! Loves it! I'm now subscribing to your blog on my google reader!

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  31. That dress is hot! sooo hot!


    Love it!




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  32. i love a cute LBD! asos has such cute ones!

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