Cut it out

I feel that I've been a lot braver this summer; showing more skin than I normally do, and while a cutout dress may have previously fallen outside my comfort zone, the strategically removed fabric on this dress from Zinke did not leave me feeling overexposed.

The higher neckline compensates for the vanishing back, while the fuller skirt keeps my waistline looking tiny. And let's not forget that it has pockets, the one thing you can count on to make any girl love pretty much any dress.

I actually got to pick this dress out from Zinke at the RewardStyle fashion week party nearly a year ago. It was shipped to me in December, which meant it would be another six months before I could actually wear it, and in the interim Zinke shut down their site. So this dress is no longer available, however if you love the print, you can still get it in an adorable crop top and shorts set.

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The Rundown
Cut Out Dress c/o Zinke similar
Sandals MRKT via DSW similar
Grayson Bar Bag Linea Pelle
Ear Jackets TJMaxx similar
Necklace c/o LydellNYC
Cloudy Agate Bracelet J.Crew
Gold Wrap Ring gift from Meg similar
Crystal Bar Ring Upper Metal Class
Sunglasses Vogue via Sunglass Hut
Nail Color "Find Me An Oasis" Essie



  1. I have always wanted to try a cut out dress, but am always too scared! I love this one on you. Fits perfectly and the color is fantastic!


  2. What a shame this dress isn't still available - but then again, it sort of makes it more special because yours is probably one of very few that made it out into the world. And it really does suit you beautifully. I have loved the way some of this summers trends have allowed us to show a bit more skin without feeling like we're revealing everything or just leaving us uncomfortable and tugging at hems. This dress has such lovely cutout detail but I feel like it would be almost impossible to feel strange showing the skin where the cutouts are. I have a dress with similar cutouts that I'm saving for my birthday next month and I can't wait to wear it.

  3. I do love the dress! It's such a shame that Zinke shut down because I had wanted to order some of their other Summer pieces

  4. Such a pretty dress, and I love the cutouts. Very nice!


  5. Such a cute dress! Definitely worth stepping outside of your comfort zone for! You look amazing!

  6. This dress is so pretty and I love the cut-outs!

    Nicole to the Nines

  7. Oh my goodness I love that dress on you--the cut outs are so flattering! This is something that would be out of my comfort zone too, but definitely worth a try. Glad you did, this one is a keeper!

  8. The print and cut of this dress are so pretty! It was made for you

  9. That dress is stunning! The cut outs are perfection! Not too revealing at all!

  10. I love the cut outs on that dress! It's so pretty!


  11. Love a dress with pockets, and the print is really pretty!

  12. I love the cut outs! This looks great on you and is very flattering. I think well placed cut outs can be very tasteful.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. love the cutout details, you look fantastic in that dress!


  14. What girl can do if the summer is perfect, just enjoy and have fun with fashion. That dress is gorgeous and it looks wonderful on you.

  15. You are so tiny that this dress looks amazing on you! I have way too much in the middle area to wear anything with cutouts that exposes too much skin for my comfort.


    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  16. Oh yes, I love this dress on you! I'm so proud of you for trying new styles. This flatters you so well and you have such a gorgeous figure. Plus, that pattern is so bold!

  17. You can totally rock the cut outs! This dress fits you perfectly! I love the shape and color.
    Jeans and a Teacup

  18. This cut-out dress really suits your shape, Lydia(I bet Sean can't complain:)!

  19. Those cutouts make you look teeny, tiny! Great placement! It's a shame the store shuttered because this makes me want to spend all my money with them!

  20. The dress is fantastic - shape, cutouts, fit, it suits you perfectly! Kx

  21. That dress is stunning and it looks amazing on you, darling. xoxo

  22. I'm a sucker for cutouts! This dress is so dreamy on you! You look gorgeous!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  23. Well, I 've got to say it fits you beautifully.
    And I agree, you've got to chose what to show, you can't show it all at the same time!
    I skipped the cut out trend, I think I am too old for it. Although if I find something I like that fits well I might disregard the age factor.

  24. You look fantastic in this cute dress.

  25. Wow I'm loving that dress and it looks so good on you!