The Look: 

Cushnie et Ochs dress (on sale here and on sale here!)

Aquazzura x Olivia Palermo mesh and suede pumps (exact out of stock; shop Aquazzura here and here))

Dannijo earrings (here)

Chanel velvet boy bag (similar here)

Thierry Lasry sunglasses (here)

Classy Cutouts:

The cutout trend has been going strong for several seasons now. And it doesn’t show any signs of going away anytime soon. Once thought of for the warmer, midriff baring seasons, cutouts are now making their way into our fall / winter wardrobes. I’ve liked the look on others, but was hesitant to try the look for myself. Let’s be real – I’m not a young twenty-something or a model. Ha. I’m a normal gal in my late thirties. But never fear…

It’s possible to try this trend in a classy age-appropriate way. For that matter, I think one should aim to be classy no matter the age! The keys to keeping it classy are to two-fold. First, keep the amount of skin revealed to a reasonable level. You’ll know what’s right for you personally on this front. Second, make sure the cutouts are placed where you are fairly confident in your body. It takes a certain level of confidence to pull of this trend, so you’ll want to be feeling good about it!

Ready to try it? Here are ten classy cutout options to consider for your closet…

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10


Styled by Erica Hanks; Photos by Ashley Beatrice; Location Discovery Green park in Houston


  1. Nina says:

    That dress is awesome on you! And the little pop of Chanel purple is just perfect. xx Nina

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Nina! Xo

  2. Lili says:

    what’s not to love? that bag especially!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, sweet Lili! Xo

  3. Emily Sutton says:

    You look great! I enjoy reading the thoughts behind your fabulous looks.

    P.S. Olivia Palermo is one of my favorite “celebrity” fashion icons. She always looks polished and chic, but there’s always something a bit unexpected.

    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much, Emily! I really appreciate the support.

      And totally agree with you on Olivia. Always classy with a twist.

  4. Ashley says:

    Great dress! Also loving #10!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Ashley! 😀

  5. Tina says:

    I am so incredibly excited to see this and beyond happy for you. You look just stunning and I love how you explored this trend. Looking so forward as to what is to come. Love you!!

    1. Carrie says:

      As usual Tina, your comments are so full of meaningful, heartfelt, authentic words. Thank you. I’m so grateful our connection has spanned the years. Love you too. 🙂

  6. Kelli says:

    Love an amazing LBD – looks fab on you! I think your pick #8 is a definite must for me this season. XO!!

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, K. That one actually made me think of you. 🙂

  7. Ashley Udoh says:

    You are the reason for the phrase “age ain’t nothing but a number” because you are absolutely killing this look and putting plenty of 20 somethings to shame in the process. Love it!

    Ashley Udoh

    1. Carrie says:

      That is the nicest thing, Ashley! Thank you so very much!!! 😀

  8. Stylishlyme says:

    That’s such a cool dress! I love the purple handbag with that dress <3


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Vanessa!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *