If this past Bridal Fashion Week showed us one thing, it’s that bridal designers are continuing to push the envelope on traditional wedding dresses. From short party dresses to dramatic puffy sleeves, bridal trends are shifting in a bold direction, and we are so here for it. One trend we currently cannot take our eyes off of is cut-out wedding dresses. Think keyhole necklines, open backs, and subtly revealing midriffs.
To note, cut-out dresses aren’t just about sex-appeal and baring all—we’re not talking about looks that will send the grandparents into complete shock. This trend is all about confidence and owning your body. We are also loving this trend because it works for everything from a formal city wedding to a more laid-back, beachfront affair. Or, it could make for a fun and flirty second look post-ceremony. Whatever the vibe of your wedding is, there’s a cut-out dress to match
We’ve put together a list of 16 cut-out dresses we are currently coveting—from tastefully daring to more conservative. Read on to see gowns for every price point, style, and body type.
Nordeen Reyna Gown
Sometimes less is more, and that is definitely the case with this elegant dress from Nordeen. The feminine silhouette paired with a flattering ribcage cut-out is perfect for the minimalist bride.
Best Structured Bodice
STAUD Astro Dress
Who doesn’t love a structured bodice with some movement in the skirt? We think this boned bodice cotton dress is perfect for a laid-back wedding or bridal shower.
For a Seaside Wedding
WAYF Women's Plaza Cut Out Tiered Maxi Dress
We can’t help but picture this flowy-tiered dress blowing in the breeze at your beach nuptials. Style it with a pair of chic sandals—which you will need walking through the soft sand.
Most Interesting Back
Azazie Ramona Dress
This chiffon a-line gown features pleated straps that meet mid-back to give the illusion of a cut-out design. We also love the cathedral train, which adds an extra layer of elegance.
For the Playful Bride
For Love & Lemons Emerie Cutout Dress
This fit-and-flare short wedding dress is perfect for the bride looking for a dress on the whimsical side. The long sleeves add a bit more coverage to the mini dress, and the cutouts make for a youthful and fun vibe.
Lulus Only the Good Times White Sleeveless Cutout Midi Dress
This midi dress from Lulu’s is the perfect option if you aren’t looking to break the bank on a wedding dress. Coming in at under $100, the dress combines style with comfort and still looks incredibly luxurious.
For a Tropical Destination Wedding
Johanna Ortiz Tropical Mantra Strech Cotton Poplin Dress
This dress was inspired by the island of Barú and we think it would look incredible at a tropical destination wedding. The best part? The dress is compact, so it’s easy to transport to wherever you may be jetting off to.
Aje Gracious Cutout Linen-Blend Maxi Dress
Black detailing contrasts this dress’s pure white coloring, making for an unconventional yet fashionable look. The material is a linen blend, so it’s the perfect lightweight choice for a summer or early fall affair.
For a Rustic Wedding
Zimmerman Cassia Yoke Cutout Lace Dress
With a fit-and-flare silhouette and embroidered detailing, we can absolutely see this dress at a rustic barn wedding. The dress hits right above the ankle, giving you the perfect opportunity to show off some fun and unique bridal heels.
Best Asymmetrical Design
Significant Other Cindy Asymmetric Ruched Cutout Jersey Maxi Dress
This funky and unconventional silhouette is perfect for the bride who isn't afraid of taking fashion risks. The asymmetrical design is a fun twist on tradition, and the jersey material makes this dress perfect for a relaxed yet stylish look.
Ese Asenabor Style 5019 Evan Dress
Jaws will drop when you enter the room in this gown from Ese Aesnabor. The intricately beaded gown combines structure with glamour in a way that is sure to wow.
Best Pearl Detailing
PatBO Pearl-Beaded Maxi Dress
Beaded dresses are classic, but this gown from PatBO is unlike anything you’ve seen before. The glass pearls are individually hand-strung onto the gown by Brazilian artists, making for a one-of-a-kind design.
For a Courthouse Wedding
Amsale LW143 Strech Crepe Dress
Short and sweet, this open-back dress is perfect for a courthouse wedding. We love the asymmetrical bodice drape detail, which gives the shift dress a bit of shape.
Yolancris Touch 2021 Collection Simone Dress
This contemporary dress features crepe detailing and an asymmetric neckline. It also comes in 40 different color options if you want to switch your look from the traditional white wedding dress.
PatBO Cut Out Maxi Dress
Follow the call of the disco ball with this ‘70s style dress from PatBO. The ruffles and puff sleeves give that throwback look, while the cutouts and peek-a-boo slits add a modern touch.
Hayley Paige Suki Dress
This lace ball gown-style wedding dress looks like something straight out of a fairytale. The sweetheart corset lining and open-back detailing pair perfectly with the dress’s ivory embroidered overlay.
Can I wear a cut-out wedding dress for my winter wedding?
While cut-out dresses are definitely more popular for spring and summer weddings, you can absolutely rock the look if you are getting married during a colder weather season.
Are cut-out wedding dresses timeless?
There’s no denying that cut-out dresses are a trendy and fashion-forward option, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a timeless look as well. If you are worried that your wedding look won’t stand the test of time, go for a simpler dress design or one that doesn’t emphasize the cut-out detailing.
Are cut-out dresses appropriate for formal weddings?
Yes, you can absolutely wear a cut-out dress at your formal wedding. Just because you are showing a bit of extra skin doesn’t mean that it’s not appropriate for a more traditional wedding. There are plenty of cut-out dresses that are more subtle and conservative as well. Try opting for a simple keyhole cut-out or an open-back look if you’re looking for a more modest option.
Do cut-out dresses look flattering on all body types?
The best part about cut-out dresses is that they come in a variety of different styles, for a variety of different body types. Try out a few cut-out dresses with different designs and see which you feel most confident in!