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We all remember the skin-baring dress Julia Roberts (or body double?) wore in the posters and on-screen for Pretty Woman (and yes, she was playing a hooker). Well, it seems the oldest profession has inspired the newest trend! And really, we're not surprised since Ashley Olsen rocked it in the form of black dress with side cutouts to last year's Met Costume Institute Gala. The Olsens are always trendsetters. And once again, the fashion flock has followed.

Apparently, cutouts are the gift that keeps on giving (or we should we say, taking away). The look was all over the Fall 08 runways and then made an encore appearance for Spring 09. So as to be expected, we've recently spotted numerous celebrities working this style on the red carpet.

When Alexis Bledel showed up to the Tribeca Film Festival in Cushnie et Ochs LBD (see below in the gallery), she made more headlines than she did when Rory and Lorelai went off the air!

Chloe Sevigny, Leighton Meester and Zoe Saldana were a cookie-cutter cluster when they all showed up to fashion house Chloe's store opening in cut-out dresses by the designer.

This look can be a bit hard to pull off if you don't have abs of steel like the celebs who spend six hours a day working out. But no worries, we have a few tips if you want to try a tamer take on this trend.

  • Try sheer cutouts. They feel a little less scandalous than having a gaping hole over your midriff.
  • Buy dresses with cutouts in less risque places. Shoulder and back cutouts are a great place to start!
  • If you're going to wear a cut-out top to show a little cleavage, pair it with jeans. By keeping the rest of your look more refined, you won't look like you should be standing on a street corner.

Browse through the gallery to see pictures of your favorite celebs in this hot Spring trend!

Celebs in Cut-out Dresses

Alexis BledelAshley and Mary Kate OlsenLeighton MeesterZoe Saldana Chloe Sevigny

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