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The Backless Silhouette Is the Perfect Way to Close Out Summer

Shop 21 items with all levels of coverage.

Sexy is such a layered word when it comes to fashion. A lot of people have the twisted view that high fashion and sex appeal are mutually exclusive, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Great designers are experts in finding ways to make garments sexy in subtle and clever ways.

Backless garments are a great way to do this. A lot of brands, like Cecilie Bahnsen and Rosie Assoulin, will add intrigue to the cutout feature with a little irony in their designs, like contrasting it with a super-high neck or a voluminous, almost childlike silhouette. This way, it adds a surprise element where you wouldn’t expect it.

A great thing about revealing your back is that, to most people, this is a spot they are confident in, especially the upper realms. In most cases, open-back garments are universally flattering. These days the style is so prolific that the amount of coverage varies greatly from item to item. You can go all out with a revealing option like this Tove dress or stay on the demure side with this Frankie Shop piece that has a small cutout right in the middle of your back.

As the item makes such a statement, opt for minimal styling to highlight the cutout—think streamlined, tailored separates. If it’s a dress, a few jewels and a simple mini bag should have you covered.

Shop the Universally Flattering Silhouette:

T-Shirt Dress with Open Back

The Frankie Shop

Kienna Open-back Sweater

Petar Petrov
$338 $101

Rosie Open-back Cotton Top

Three Graces London

Tilde Dress

Cecilie Bahnsen

Tulula Dress

Stine Goya

Open Back Muscle Tee

Autumn Cashmere
$189 $95



Fluid Satin Front Slit Dress

Jonathan Simkhai
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