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How To Wear The Over 40 Cut Out Trend Without Looking Like A 20-something

Cutout trend over 40??

Last month I was out for a walk with a friend and we started talking about the super popular haircut trend that you’ve probably seen all over Instagram. Cropped tops, cropped dresses, cropped pants, cropped skirts, cropped bathing suits… you name it, there’s probably a cropped version for Summer 2022! My friend said she admires all the cropped dresses that twenty-somethings wear, but didn’t feel like she could wear anything like that.

I shared with her that I totally understand her concern, but that she can absolutely wear cutouts, and then I walked through my secrets to wearing them… Keep scrolling to find out what it is!

If you’re looking for more wearable fashion trends, be sure to check out this post featuring the best of 2022!

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Secret #1 – Strategy

I have some simple, but VERY important tips when it comes to wearing cutouts over 40…

First, you have to be strategic! Look for pieces with strategically placed cutouts. Okay, so what exactly does that mean? It’s actually quite simple, you can look for cutouts placed in a flattering spot on your body. And there are certainly areas that are universally flattering for most women. For example, if you place a crop a little higher than your natural waist, and a little below the bust, that’s a great spot. It’s much better than right at the waist (normally in line with your belly button). Another great option is to show a little skin through a cutout on your back. Or even a top with a cutout on the shoulder or on the collarbone. When in doubt, go with the chest/shoulder area.

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Secret #2 – Loose Fit

Full disclosure, when I saw this white Jonathan Simkhai dress online I thought this isn’t going to look great. It was a wild card order. But the images didn’t do it justice. I absolutely love this dress! The cutouts are perfectly placed a few inches below the bust and above the natural waist, so it definitely ticks box #1 of strategically placed, flattering cutouts.

The second secret to capturing the haircut trend at any age is… Fit. The fit of the dress is so important. Skinny bodycon style dresses with cut-outs can unflatteringly accentuate loose skin or even a few extra pounds, creating a muffin-top effect wherever the cutout is placed, but elegantly draped, looser-fitting dresses like these offer maximum forgiveness. It may seem like I don’t have loose skin or a belly, but I assure you… I WANT. The last few months with COVID plaguing the family and non-stop kids sports have not been good for my body or workout routine. But I have no confidence issues in this dress.

Other things I like about this dress… the coverage! It is long. It has sleeves, but it’s still sexy! I got the coverage I want, no frump! It’s also wrinkle-free, which is a holy grail for me, especially with a cotton dress. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, but again, the cut and drape are very flattering. You can also just wear underwear, no problem!

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Secret #3 – Trust

The third secret to rocking the haircut trend at any age may seem a little obvious, but it’s so important… confidence! Wear your haircut trend with confidence. Keep your head high and your shoulders back. Smile while wearing it knowing you look great! And the good news is that once you’ve found ‘that one’ or that cropped dress or top that makes you feel sophisticated and sexy, confidence will be a cinch!

If you’re still in doubt and the same stories of “being too old” or “not thin enough” swirling around in your head, consider this: Fashion is a beautiful expression of yours. It’s meant to be fun and cheeky. Don’t be afraid to try new things. And taking small steps outside of your comfort zone can be representative of so much more… your willingness to try new things. One day it’s a cut-out dress, the next it travels to Bali.

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Or try another trend

Still unsure about cutouts? You can also start smaller. Platforms are another trend that’s making a comeback. These sandals from See by Chloe are SO comfortable and despite the 4″ block heel, with the platform (1.25″) they are really stable to walk in. I LOVE them because they are modern and add so much height too! If you don’t see this pair in your size, here and here are other pairs that are very similar. They also come in a flat version! For more trend inspiration, check out Saks’ curated ‘Now Trending’ section on their website to see what appeals to you. And don’t miss the Elevated Essentials, Summer Dressing, and Vacation Wear edits.

Have you tried the haircut trend yet? Are you going now that you have all the secrets to getting it just right? Let us know in the comments below. Be brave! Try something that makes you a little nervous and see what magic unfolds….

Huge thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Make sure to subscribe to my newsletter to receive incredible style resources.
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