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Bobbie's Buzz: Chic cut-outs

Designers have gone scissor-happy, slashing and slicing this year's spring and summer fashions. TODAY style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas highlights how you can dare to wear the exposing new trend.

Notice-me necklines
For a striking new look, leave the jewelry behind and let a cut-out neckline make your statement. A dress with cut-outs at the collarbone can be edgy and sexy, yet chic. Stick with solids when it comes to cut-outs for maximum contrast and drama. Styles that combine prints with peek-a-boo details can overwhelm, especially around the face. Some button-down blouses, with small slices near the clavicle, may make make the cut for the office. Just be sure to keep your overall look smart and tailored. Last but not least, keep your strands simple- either pull your hair back, or toss it up so it doesn't compete. (Whitley Cut Out Shoulder Dress $198, ).

Core concepts
If you dare-to-wear the belly baring cuts Halle Berry and other f-ab-tastic Hollywood women have, then be prepared to curl and crunch your way to a six-pack stomach. If you'd like to grab a glass of wine with me instead, then here's my advice: Wear cut-outs where you are most confident. When it comes to the midsection, a higher cut-out is more modest on most women. An empire design detail can draw attention up, so it's particularly flattering for figures that are fuller on the bottom. If you feel overexposed try layering a bandeau, sheer tank, or even a strapless tube top. You could play with color to create the contrast effect your skin was intended to (BCBG Max Azria School Girl Gone Bad Dress $65 Rental, ).

Bold shoulders
For a more casual twist on the trend, cut-out shoulders give the basic tunic or T-shirt a modern update. Regardless of body type, this is the most universally flattering option. There's an old saying that a woman's shoulders never age, and whether that's true or not, strong shoulders are certainly something to be celebrated! For the beach or barbecues and everything in between, I love the idea of classic tee with a fashion forward element (Linen T-Shirt With Shoulder Openings $29.90, ). And from ladder-like cuts to side slits, sleeves are also adding an accent to a variety of tops. The clever cuts can flatter and conceal at the same time (Cage Shoulder Top $54, ).

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