Mark My Words—This Is the New "Naked" Trend

Whether we've spotted them on the red carpet or the runway, there's no denying the rise of the "naked" trend. In the past years, it's largely taken on the form of anything from flesh-colored tones to barely there sheer gowns that leave little to the imagination. Looking to the F/W 20 runways, though, there's a new iteration of naked clothing that is about to take over. Get ready for the cutout clothing trend, everyone.

A trend that has been hugely embraced by designers on the runways from New York to Paris, cutouts are emerging as one of the standout trends from the F/W 20 collections. What is most interesting about the trend is the number of creative interpretations we're seeing across the board. From side holes at Khaite to sliced tops at Brandon Maxwell to deconstructed blazers at Area, cutouts are being reimagined in inventive ways that will have celebs and fashion insiders alike rethinking sexy dressing for the year ahead. Here, see how fashion designers are embracing the cutout clothing trend on the runways and shop my picks to start wearing it now.


Off-White F/W 2020 runway:
(Image credit: Getty Images/Off-White)

Virgil Abloh debuted a collection with plenty of cool cutouts during the Off-White show at Paris fashion week. One of the standout looks? This white dress finished with a side cutout and a gold chain as seen on iconic model Carolyn Murphy.

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Brandon Maxwell F/W 2020 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Brandon Maxwel)

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Khaite F/W 2020 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Khaite)

This is the look that was Instagrammed around the world (at least it popped up on my feed repeatedly during NYFW). With side cutouts and a nearly bare back, this is what cool brides will want to wear.

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Area F/W 2020 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Area)

Suiting continues to evolve season after season. This time around? Cool, deconstructed silhouettes that are patched together like this stunning blazer from Area.

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Tom Ford F/W 2020 runway:
(Image credit: Courtesy of Tom Ford)

While sheer "naked" gowns may have dominated in years past, I'm placing bets that we'll see more cutout styles on the red carpet moving forward. It's only a matter of time before this Tom Ford dress is snapped on a major celeb.

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Next, discover the color trend that will be everywhere this spring.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.