Last fall brought out the best in cutout dresses and this year, I only expect it to keep getting better. Cleaner silhouettes are in — forget the high-low trend and extreme piling of varied lengths. The simpler the design, the better the fit. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of fit and flare dresses with a small waist and open skirt that gives off a sophisticated and feminine feel. These dresses are up on my “to buy” list for their versatility and ability to transform from day to night.

This Fashionista is already ahead of the game with her Gloria V skater dress. This gives the LBD a new take with its open back and mesh-paneled front. The three-quarter sleeves are appropriate for the chillier weather coming up and the open skirt offers a more fun approach to the otherwise typical bodycon dress. She made this dress more day appropriate by pairing it with casual tennis shoes and a velvet beaded cross-body bag. A vintage hair bow finishes her sweet and girly look.

Take a look in your closet and I’m sure you’ll find an LBD that you’ve worn only once and probably only at night. Give it a new purpose with casual and simple accessories like her for a look you can transition. An oversized sweater knotted at the waist would be perfect for early morning classes and requires almost no effort to look put together. Conversely, a long cardigan can be just as comfortable and reveal your meshy approach to cutout dresses. When you’re done for the day, change up the shoes and bag and you’ve got another outfit for an evening out.

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