I have to admit that I was somewhat dismayed to learn of designers' decision to bring midriff-bearing clothing back from the dead. However, some celebs have been sporting a more modest version of the trend with cutout dresses. This look is more sophisticated than those worn by the trashy girls at our high school proms of yesteryear.
Take Kate Hudson's black Rachel Roy gown, for example. She manages to show a little skin while looking elegant. Her Cartier baubles don't hurt either.
Alexis Bledel wore a similar version of Hudson's dress in a shorter length. Some people are also wearing their cutouts mid-stomach, below the chest like Leighton Meester's orange Chloe jumper and Zoe Saldana's white Chloe dress.
For those prefering not to bare any part of their tummy when not at the beach (me!), cutouts are also chic on the back or on straps.