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Skin-baring cut-out dresses are being taken to a whole new level this summer

Blame Nensi Dojaka. Though cut-outs were a major fashion player last summer, the trend is going a whole further in 2022 and we're pointing the finger at the Albanian-born designer (nicely, of course). A favourite of Dua Lipa and Adwoa Aboah, she's become synonymous with the look thanks to her lingerie-inspired dresses featuring whisper-thin straps and slinky, skin-baring cut-outs. Now the look has trickled down to the high street just as we're starting to think about where to go for our summer holidays.

As the OG, you can do no wrong with Dojaka's pink cut-out mini (£1,070) if your budget allows, but those who don't do colour can shop Reformation's more demure style (£180), or opt for Zara (£45.99) and Mango's (£59.99) purse-friendly black designs. Sticking with monochrome, Line & Dot's cut-out white maxi (£191) is ideal for far-flung vacations (sundowners in the Maldives, anyone?), but if you want to channel the colour of the season, add & Other Stories' long-sleeved green midi (£75) to your shopping cart. We'll be packing San Sloane's woven co-ord design (£195) in our suitcase for multiple looks in one, while Free People's floor-skimming print dress (£89.95) and Zara's cobalt linen design (£32.99) are here to take you from beach to bar. All that's left to do is to book that holiday. 


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"I've never really been someone who gets into gear and equipment – I go for a run in a crap old T-shirt and bemoan how everyone else looks stylish and I look rubbish – but me and my fella were going to the Austrian Alps and he's very much an equipment man. We were hiking from walking hut to walking hut so it was eight, nine-hour days with all our stuff on our back. I was going to borrow one of his old rucksacks but when I tried it on, it didn't fit me at all. So I went to a swanky camping shop and bought the Deuter Trail Pro 34 SL and I've never looked back.

The main thing I love about it is that you can buckle it around the front of your waist so there's no weight on your shoulders, but it also has a little rain cover to keep it waterproof. And there's lots of pockets: one on the top flap, and also where you fasten it around the front which you can keep your phone and money. It also opens like a suitcase when it's flat so you don't have to get everything out from the top. It's so good, I've even got a smaller one now for when I go on shorter walks and don't need as much stuff." £134.95, absolute-snow.co.uk


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