Shoulder Cutouts
Posted by on February 24, 2012 | 3:30 pm EST

Spring is the season to be sexy—and designers know it. Besides thigh-high slits and plunging necklines, cutouts trumped catwalks as the less-provocative means to tease—leaving so much more to the imagination. We’ve seen Dolce & Gabbana, Emilio Pucci, Roland Mouret and Miu Miu embrace the sexy spring trend, sending out looks that showed off glorious midriffs. But this time around, we’re shifting the spotlight to another body part that can be just as sultry—the shoulders.

3.1 Phillip Lim | Cutout-shoulder knitted cotton sweater | $350

The cutouts on this pared down sweater added a hint of urban sexiness. The deconstructed hem revealing a gray panel finishes off this sleek and slouchy piece.

Dion Lee | Cutout silk-georgette blouse | $500

Dion Lee deconstructed the classic silk blouse without losing sophistication. The quirkily-placed slits at the front and back of the shoulder are a surprisingly cool twist to the typical bare shoulder route.

Donna Karan | Twisted stretch-jersey top | $850

Donna Karan took on a fuss-free approach to the trend with this one-shoulder cutout top. The asymmetrical twist that seems to be pulling the fabric has a curve-hugging appeal that heightens the top’s conservatively sexy vibe.

Richard Nicoll | $845

Relaxed dressing can be sexy too—as seen in this striped dress from Richard Nicoll with big shoulder cutouts comfortably draped on the shoulders. The effortlessness of this piece is a runaway spring favorite.

DKNY | Cutout stretch-ponte dress | $295

A red dress is impossible to ignore so DKNY propped up this stretch-ponte number by unobtrusively placing cutouts for a brilliantly sophisticated finish. This knockout ensemble is a bold nod to the unyielding elegance of a simple red dress.

Images from Net-a-Porter

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