Trying the Trend: Cut-Out Dress

Spring trend: cutout dress

On Saturday, I turned 30. I’ll admit that I wasn’t too excited about this birthday—do I have to be a grown-up now?—until I found this floral cut-out dress. There’s something about showing a little skin that makes me feel ready to party (cue Kristen Wiig). Maybe it’s because I went through college with an exposed midriff. Thanks to subtle side cuts, the look feels more sophisticated and less sophomore year. I went with a chunky heel—I love how the straps echo the dress’ black trim—and debuted my new onyx necklace, a birthday gift from my husband. Oh, and when I said party? I meant enjoy a nice chardonnay at a fancy restaurant. I guess 30 isn’t so bad, after all. 

Floral cutout dress & pink clutch

Floral dress with pink clutch & chunky heels
Floral cutout dress & pink clutch

Floral cutout dress
RBL dress. Banana Republic shoes. Vintage clutch. Michele watch. David Yurman jewelry. 

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19 comments:

  1. a) 30 is the new 20:)
    b) you look nowhere near 30 and absolutely fabulous
    c) this dress is stunning and it looks like it was made for you!

    xx Cara

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    1. Cara, you are my new favorite person! Your comment made my day!
      xo

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  2. Would it be awkward if I asked you what size "we" wear in this dress so I can buy it?

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    1. We're a S! You can borrow anytime! But, if you get your own, we can be twins in Pismo!

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  3. Happy birthday, Julia - you don't look a day over 19. xox

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    1. It must be the La Mer! Just kidding. Thanks so much, Rebecca. You are way too kind!
      xo
      Julia

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  4. You are absolutely stunning my sweet friend. And youve got amazing style. love you.
    Ive always thought 30s would be the best decade, your more wise and more health focused then in your 20s. More gracefully beautiful, yet young enough to enjoy everything still. ANNnnd its the perfect decade to bring new life into the world, you realize theres more important things then youve ever known before.
    You are pretty fantastic and ive thought so for 30 years. x

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    1. Thank you for the sweet note, Holly! Such beautiful words. You've made me feel so much better about entering this decade. You're so right. We are still young, but so much wiser than we were in our twenties. Also, if my mom could figure out how to leave a comment, she would agree about bringing new life into the world ;) Here's to an exciting new decade!
      xo
      P.S. I've been thinking that you're pretty fantastic for these last 30 years, too :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, Inez! Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  6. Isn't that a pink lip you're wearing??? What is it!? ;-)
    xoxo

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    1. Don't hate me -- it's actually one that Nick picked out himself. It's a really bright, bubblegum pink, but you can't tell as much in the pics. It's YSL Rouge Pur Couture #27 (they didn't have it at Sephora during our epic shopping session). Don't worry though -- #7 Le Fuchsia is definitely my fave. I'm wearing it right now actually!
      xo

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  7. I adore that dress!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  8. happy birthday - like I said on Insta, just gorgeous.
    I can confirm that you don't need to be 'all grown up' at 30 :)

    Thankfifi
    Thanks so much for your sweet comment and votes - really appreciate it.x

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes! I'm relieved to hear that we don't have to be all grown-up at 30! Phew.

      Happy to keep voting for you! I love your style...and that dog! xo

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  9. I LOVE this dress! I have a similar dress and haven't worn it yet because it's still too cold.

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    1. Thanks so much, Alissa! I can't wait to see how you style yours once it gets warmer! xo

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