Ten of the best cut out swimsuits

Love it or hate it, the cut out swimsuit is a beachwear trend that’s here to stay, and it seems like everywhere you look right now there’s another daringly strappy or cut-away style hitting the high street.

While cut out styles can certainly present some challenges when it comes to tan lines, or the avoidance thereof, some are actually a lot more wearable than they appear. Granted, there are some styles that are only suitable for the supremely body confident, but others can be rather flattering.

Yes, these garments can feel even more revealing than a little bikini, but the additional coverage they provide relative to the bikini can help to sculpt your figure. You just need to make sure that you chose your cut out areas – sides, front, top, back, etc, in such a way that they show off your best bits.

Bandage-style cut outs, for example, can create a more flattering figure-hugging effect than a solid expanse of fabric, and cut-away side panels need not be just about exposing flesh; this type of suit can give the illusion of a slimmer waist. As for the plunging necklines, they are fab for showing off your cleavage!

And, if you want a more subtle approach, why not choose a one-shoulder piece or a swimsuit with keyhole bust detailing?

So, if you’ve dismissed the idea of a cut out because you don’t have a super model figure (who does?), why not take another look? Here are some great current styles to get you started.

Pistol Panties

Pistol Panties Fortuna cut out swimsuit

Fortuna Cashmere Paisley Cut Out Swimsuit.
Buy: sizes 8-14, £189. Pistol Panties.

Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur Mazzy Swimsuit

Mazzy Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 8/10-12/14, £225. Agent Provocateur.

Pacha at River Island

Pacha Plunge Swimsuit

Blue Pacha Floral Scarf Print Plunge Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 6-16, £35. River Island.

Adidas by Stella McCartney

Adidas by Stella McCartney Cut Out Swimsuit

Cut Out Mesh Trimmed Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 6-18, £75. Net-a-Porter.com.

Red Herring at Debenhams

Red Herring at Debenhams Cut Out Aztec swimsuit

Purple Tile Print Plunge Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 8-16, £32. Debenhams.


H&M Animal Print Cut Out swimsuit

Backless Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 8-18, £19.99. H&M.

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman cut out swimsuit

Cut Out Printed Swimsuit
Buy: XS-L, £240. Net-a-Porter.com

New Look

New Look Tassel Cut Out Swimsuit

Dark Purple Tassel Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 8-16, £22.99. New Look.

Adriana Degreas

Adriana Degreas Cheetah Cut Out Swimsuit

Cheetah Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes S-L, £150. Harrods.

River Island

River Island watermelon cut out swimsuit

Red Watermelon Print Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 6-18, £25. River Island.


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