Cutout Dresses Are the “Naked” Dresses of Summer 2020

Over the years, “naked” dresses have evolved from completely sheer to deceptively nude, and this summer, the transformation is even more drastic. Just a few months ago, we reported on cutout clothing being one of the biggest trends to hit the spring/summer 2020 runways, and now that we’ve reached peak hot-girl summer, the proof is in the pudding. “Naked” dresses always emphasize the flesh—whether it be showing it off beneath a sheer overlay or matching one’s skin tone tenfold, but this summer, there is nothing coming between your skin and the great outdoors. 

Summer dresses are now revealing more than ever before thanks to the gaping cutouts placed at the ribs, crossbody, across the torso, and more, highlighting parts of the body that are normally fully covered. So far, we’ve seen designer Christopher Esber leading the pack in this new naked dress trend with fan-favorite brand Cult Gaia leading in close second thanks to its recent placement on It girl Hailey Bieber.

While this trend might seem daunting at first glance, I personally am more drawn to it than any naked dress in seasons prior. Maybe it’s because of the fact that I know I could wear Christopher Esber for the rest of my life and be happy, or maybe it’s because I don’t love the way I look in a fully nude-colored dress, but there is something about the 2020 “naked” dress that not only makes me feel like a true fashion girl, but that also makes me feel comfortable in my own skin, and that’s worth celebrating, no?

Ahead, see how some of fashion’s favorites are styling the “naked” dress trend of 2020 and shop the best versions for yourself.