21 Extremely Ugly Cutout Dresses

worst red carpet cutout dresses

Earlier this week, Lily Collins stopped by the premiere of her new movie, The Mortal Instruments, wearing yet another cutout dress. Having covered so many examples of the remarkably banal trend, we finally just got sick of it all and declared them dumb. Or at least, frequently in very poor taste–they’re extremely popular with unapologetic fameballs for a reason.

Thus, we were inspired to wrangle up a collection of our least favorites, from recent disasters to some classic all-time worsts. Enjoy?

Lindsay Lohan Liz & Dick premiere

Lindsay Lohan promoted Liz & Dick in a spectacularly awful satin dress with breast jewels, though the problems don’t end there.

Kelly Rowland Grammys

Kelly Rowland wore much fashion tape that day!

Katy Perry Grammys

Call it what you will–cutout, “boob window,” “breast pane.” Katy Perry looks like Morticia Adams at a key party.

Kim Kardashian icicle cutoutRepeat offender Kim Kardashian has icicles dangling from her cleavage.

Jason Binn, Nicole Vecchiarelli, Kim Kardashian and Keith Pollack attend the DuJour Magazine Launch Party  Hosted by Jason Binn, Christy Turlington Burns and Bruce Weber at Capitale on September 5, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for DuJour Magazine)No, seriously. She loves cutouts. This one is her most hideous.

Singer Rihanna arrives at the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** RihannaOne of our least favorites from the list–Rihanna in laser cut Marchesa at the AMAs.

Model Anja Rubik attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Anja Rubik reminded everyone how naked she was under her dress at the Met Gala.

Actress AnnaLynne McCord attends the Jill Stuart Fall 2010 Fashion Show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the New York Public Library on February 15, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for IMG) *** Local Caption *** AnnaLynne McCord

AnnaLynne McCord overdoes it with Charlie’s Angels hair and sparkly Jill Stuart. …Paired with equally sparkly slingbacks, of course.

Actress Ciara Harris attends The Black Eyed Peas' seventh annual Peapod benefit concert at The Music Box on February 10, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ciara Harris Ciara attends a Black Eyed Peas concert (her first problem) in a remarkably ugly brown gown.

Actress Halle Berry attends the 2011 FiFi Awards at The Tent at Lincoln Center on May 25, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)Halle Berry likes dressing to highlight her impressive shape, but this is just silly.

Musician Sheryl Crow arrives to the 47th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Sheryl Crow‘s 2005 Grammys look–one of the worst red carpet gowns of all time.

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    • Anonachocolatemousse

      Designers, go home you’re drunk. Stahp with the cutouts!

    • http://poorgoop.com/ Samantha


      Side cutouts are particularly baffling. They don’t do what these people think they’re doing. Flesh panels do not a Stella McCartney illusion dress make.

    • JennyWren

      I always think there’s something about cut-out dresses that’s just…over-egging the pudding, I guess? It feels like celebrity ladies are engaged in a frenetic race to prove who’s the most in shape, and cut-out dresses leave nowhere to hide so they get wheeled out as heavy artillery in the perpetual death-match of “who’s the Hottest Hottie Evar.”

      • http://thegloss.com/ Ashley Cardiff

        Nailed it.

    • Misenhammer

      Good god, Adrienne Bailon. Fucking HELL, that dress literally does not even look like clothes.

    • Eileen

      I can’t hate the Halle Berry one, even though it’s pretty ugly, just because Halle Berry’s midriff is the only midriff I’ve ever actually called “beautiful.”

    • Mehiella Satchi

      Katy Perry looked hot and so did Halle Berry.

    • Alishmcmalish Dayum

      Yeah I found Halle Berry objectively good looking. That was the first cutout dress I’ve ever liked. And while Katy Perry’s dress was godawful, she was still gorgeous looking. If anyone can pull off the murder goth look, it’s her.