We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.
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 25 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.
For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Self-Portrait White Jersey Cut Out Dress
Calling all fashionistas! This wedding dress combines a classic look with a bit of edge. We love how the long sleeves offset the cut-out waist detailing, revealing a bit of skin. Plus, the diamond-crusted collar adds a touch of glam.
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.
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!