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.
Fortuna Cashmere Paisley Cut Out Swimsuit.
Buy: sizes 8-14, £189. Pistol Panties.
Buy: sizes 8/10-12/14, £225. Agent Provocateur.
Pacha at River Island
Blue Pacha Floral Scarf Print Plunge Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 6-16, £35. River Island.
Adidas by Stella McCartney
Cut Out Mesh Trimmed Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 6-18, £75. Net-a-Porter.com.
Red Herring at Debenhams
Purple Tile Print Plunge Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 8-16, £32. Debenhams.
Backless Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 8-18, £19.99. H&M.
Cut Out Printed Swimsuit
Buy: XS-L, £240. Net-a-Porter.com
Dark Purple Tassel Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 8-16, £22.99. New Look.
Cheetah Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes S-L, £150. Harrods.
Red Watermelon Print Cut Out Swimsuit
Buy: sizes 6-18, £25. River Island.