There are several different maxi dress styles available to buy, but one particular design that is becoming quite popular is the side cut out maxi dress. These dresses feature a short hemline, usually about the knee, and they have beautiful full sleeves. The best style features a sweetheart neckline, accentuated by various accessories such as sparkling gemstones.

Side Cut Out Maxi Dress
Side Cut Out Maxi Dress

The majority of these dresses have been created using a fitted bodice, which will help give the dress an appealing streamlined shape. Some styles have a slightly flared skirt, which is an excellent choice if you want to look glamorous for an evening out or fancy having a casual night in.

I Saw It First side cut out bardot maxi dress in black
I Saw It First side cut out Bardot maxi dress in black @£22.00( asos.com

The cutout bodice design is incredibly flattering, and if you are slim and athletic, it can look absolutely amazing on you. However, if you are not slim or athletic, it can look very sexy and flabby.

BLACK HIGH SHINE CUT OUT MAXI DRESS
BLACK HIGH SHINE CUT OUT MAXI DRESS @£329.00 mohglam.co.uk

This is because the majority of these dresses have no shoulders and as a result, all the weight is carried by your arms and legs. Therefore, it is very important that you select a style that is going to elongate your body shape and enhance your curves.

 

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One of the most popular accessories with these types of dresses is the use of beautiful beads and crystals which are attached to the bodice.

ASOS Side Cut Out Embellished Trim Maxi Dress
ASOS Side Cut Out Embellished Trim Maxi Dress @£14.75 asos.com

In fact, the only time you may notice them is if you look closely at the fabric of the garment. However, because they are so small they blend into the background really well and look great with most different types of accessories.

Cut-out Side Chain Detail Long Dress Black
Cut-out Side Chain Detail Long Dress Black @£49.50 poinsettiastyle.co.uk

One of the main reasons people choose side cuts is that they appear much slimmer than they actually are. This is because your hemline will be higher than your natural waistline, which means that the overall appearance of your body will be a lot more flattering.

Metallic Turquoise And Lime Pleated Maxi Dress With Cut-Out Detail
Metallic Turquoise And Lime Pleated Maxi Dress With Cut-Out Detail @£49.99 foreverunique.co.uk

They are so popular that they allow you to show off your figure whilst wearing the dress. Because they are flared at the bottom, they hide any lumps and bumps without looking overdone. If you choose a side cut with a fitted bodice, you can actually wear pretty much any type of shoes with it, which is great if you have some really fantastic high heels.

Side Cut Out Maxi Dress
Side Cut Out Maxi Dress

These dresses also look amazing on Petites because they naturally take away some of the emphasis given to the bust.


This means that you get the best of both worlds as it gives you the illusion of a slimmer body. However, as this style is usually quite simple, it also leaves plenty of room for your natural curvature. This is what makes them such a great choice for those who have an hourglass figure.

Side Cut Out Maxi Dress
Side Cut Out Maxi Dress

For anyone who has a pear-shaped body then the side cut out maxi dress will accentuate their hips perfectly. It is important to note that if you have narrow shoulders then this cut is not for you because it will accentuate those areas.

It is also worth noting that this style is usually quite forgiving when it comes to wearing accessories so you don’t have to spend hours to make it work. For example, don’t try to wear a large belt with it because it will just end up over-emphasizing the waist.

Vesper on shoulder maxi dress with cut-out detail and side split in black
Vesper on shoulder maxi dress with cut-out detail and side split in black @£34.00 asos.com

Also, avoid going too low-cut or too low-lying as this will only mean that your dress ends up riding up your back and looks rather silly.


For those ladies who find themselves with rather large hips and thighs then the side cutout dress is the perfect choice. They are very flattering on larger figures because they highlight the positive points of your body whilst hiding the negative.

Side Cut Out Maxi Dress
Side Cut Out Maxi Dress

For example, a dress that starts to slant to one side can create a cute appearance whereas the same dress could appear to have an uneven side if it is worn higher up. The best thing to do is to experiment with different styles until you find the right cut. Also, be sure to try different necklines so that you get the best of both worlds; you can wear a neckline but still, have an attractive look because of the side cut out.

Side Cut Out Maxi Dress
Side Cut Out Maxi Dress

This style of the maxi dress is also perfect for evening parties and events. You can easily pair it with black high heels to give you a sleek look or mix it with a short jacket to create much more fun and flirty style.

Side Cut Out Maxi Dress
Side Cut Out Maxi Dress

The best thing about a side cut out maxi dress is that unlike other types of maxi dresses, it can easily be put together in a matter of minutes.

Side Cut Out Maxi Dress
Side Cut Out Maxi Dress

All you need to do is to stuff it with accessories and you are good to go.

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