Apologies in Advance, But Holes Are the New Polka-Dots

Samantha Sutton
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There comes a time in every adult's life when the clothes they wore as kids (and then cringed over 10 years later) end up coming back in style. So, if you rocked mesh, fingerless gloves in middle school, or enjoyed cutout tops and dresses in college, we're here to apologize. You're about to have a ton of flashbacks, because holes have somehow become the new polka-dots, at least in terms of popularity.

Thankfully, the overall trend seems to be a bit more sophisticated than it was around 2003. Katie Holmes' hole-y sweater proved to the perfect way to spice up a cold-weather wardrobe, while Jennifer Lopez definitely turned heads in a glam, cutout LaQuan Smith gown. And, while we've still seen some questionable takes, such as Irina Shayk pulling a Regina George in Mean Girls with a double-holed top, perhaps she's just ahead of her time. Who's to say that in a few months, we won't be wearing similar styles?

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Ahead, we've got the proof you need that this throwback trend is happening...again.

There Have Been Hole Tops

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Irina Shayk showed us an easy way to turn a casual look into something eye-catching and fashion-forward.

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Katie Holmes Wore a Cutout Sweater

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She's the woman who helped pioneer the sexy cardigan, so we trust her judgment.

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At Times, This Trend Is More of a Slit

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Such as Issa Rae's David Koma dress, which popped up in her SNL promo.

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And, Yes, Pants Are in This Mix, Too

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As seen in this street style shot of Natalia Verza.

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Further proof this trend is about to be everywhere: Hole tops were also on Prada's Spring 2021 runway.

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