The Rise of the Backless Dress

When celebrities start to show an interest in a certain trend, you know you’re onto a good thing, and many of Hollywood’s A Listers, such as Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Jennifer Lopez have all sported backless dresses recently. The great thing about wearing a backless dress is that it is both demure and sexy, and for those of us who don’t like to flash too much cleavage, it is an ideal way to show off some skin and be suggestive, whilst remaining classy at the same time.

There are a few rules on how to wear a backless dress however: first up, always focus the attention on the back by keeping the front relatively simple, so avoid fussy detailing at the bust, over extravagant prints and patterns, and let your back do the talking.

Rise of the Backless Dress

Accessories should also be kept to a minimum, unless you are thinking of draping some jewelry over your back, so keep to small and delicate earrings and go without a necklace as many backless dress have high necks at the front to compensate.

As for hairstyle, you don’t want your hair to get in the way of your back, so always wear it in some kind of ‘updo’, as in a ponytail, chignon, or a bun. Depending on what type of backless dress you decide, if it is a more casual style you can always style your hair in braids or tease down some strands from a bun to create a more messed up look. For elegant wear however, keep it trim and coiffured.

Finally, don’t forget to wear the correct bra, as a droopy chest at the front can ruin all your best efforts round the back! Under no conditions should any bra straps be visible, and one other thing to be wary of is wearing a bra a few hours before you pop on the backless dress, as you could get indentation marks left from before. So go braless for a day and then pop on a bra with either a very low strap, or swap your normal bra for a corset.

Here are some great examples of backless dresses:

LULU – Look the Part-y Lavender Lace Dress – $79

LULU - Look the Part-y Lavender Lace Dress - $79

This is an ideal dress for those of you who want to tip your toes into wearing a backless dress, but don’t have the confidence. A sheer crochet lace backing covers the back, the cap sleeves, and the front, whilst there are padded cups to add a bit of oomph to the chest area. Finished with a full skirt that gathers at the waist, then flares for a fit and flare style that is flattering on all figures. Sizes: S, M, L. From LULUS.COM

ASOS – Religion Beaded Backless Dress-Asos Exclusive – £60.00

ASOS - Religion Beaded Backless Dress-Asos Exclusive - £60.00

Religion always get it right, and this backless dress is an ideal example. The lightweight super soft jersey fabric flows beautifully from the shoulders, and the draped style features a v-neckline that has gorgeous embellished halter neck straps. The backless design includes bang on trend racer back detailing and finishes with a bodycon fit. Sizes: XS, S, M, L. From ASOS.

M Missoni Backless Dress with Halter Neck – was £465.00 now £235.00

M Missoni Backless Dress with Halter Neck - was £465.00 now £235.00

This is your chance to grab a designer dress, but not any old designer, only my favourite! This M Missoni backless dress is a real head turner, and features a swirling and stripy signature design from the famous Italian label. Finished with a shiny lurex fleck and halter neck straps, the plunging necklace enhances the backless design, and there is a self-tying belt around the waist and a softly gathered skirt. Sizes S, M, L. From ASOS

Rare Stud Detail Backless Dress – was £60.00 now £32.00

Rare Stud Detail Backless Dress - was £60.00 now £32.00

We love Rare here at Shoppersbase, and this dress is a gorgeous example of what they do so well. Crafted from chiffon fabric, the dress features a round neckline with domed stud embellishment and accordion pleating through the body. Finished with a high waist and a backless design with a concealed zip fastening. The dress has been cut with a regular fit. From ASOS

LuLu*s – Flare-est of Them All Backless Coral Dress – $41

LuLu*s - Flare-est of Them All Backless Coral Dress - $41

Finally, a fabulous dress created using the best colour for summer, a super coral and made from a stretchy reddish knit that hugs all your super curves. Made with a fitted bodice with lightly puffed cap sleeves and a scoop neckline, the dress features a full skirt that flares out from the waist. Plunging open back is finished with a flattering white bow. Sizes: S,M,L. From LULUS.

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