Sorry for the cheesy early 90’s reference, but I just couldn’t help myself… Now, I am not referring to the “back” this Sir Mixalot song made so famous… In fact, I am never a fan of blatant flaunting of one’s more womanly parts. I think sexiness is less obvious and that a little bit of mystery or being subtly revealing is much more provocative. This is why I fell in love with an open back Herve Leger by Max Azria that another bad 90’s reference, Jenny McCarthy wore to the premier of Yes Men…
There is just something about an open back or low back dress that is so overtly feminine and alluring. Let’s face it, men love to look at a woman walking away, so a little peek-a-boo surprise can be quite an aphrodisiac. It is also sophisticated and elegant as it adds an element of gracefulness… A woman’s back can be one of the most graceful parts of her body as it truly reveals the way she moves. Also, how nice for your man to be able to touch your skin without appearing like he is molesting you.
An open back can also be quite ageless. Of course, I am not suggesting that an older woman wear something backless, but a little drape or keyhole effect can be quite attractive on anyone. For some reason, a woman’s back seems to survive that dreaded gravitational pull we all ultimately experience at some point in our lives… Now if you aren’t 100% comfortable with any part of your middle back bared, a bare shoulder can also do the trick. I am absolutely in love with some of one-shoulder styles so popular today.
If you are tired of making cleavage your big statement, then let me suggest a few of my favorite back or shoulder baring dresses… I adore Halston’s dress collection. They are feminine and fresh and yes quite sexy. Net-A-Porter still has some beautiful open back jersey dresses for sale, that make quite a statement and the new Spring collection which you can see on Style.com is skin-baring perfection.
If Halston is a little cost-prohibitive, I found the perfect Elizabeth & James dress on ShopBop.com. It has one simple strap that not only displays a little upper back, but that allows your shoulders to be the focal point. The white is definitely something I would save for warmer weather, but if you are in the tropics for New Year’s Eve, it is a WOW piece! If you are in the cold for this year’s big finale, the gold lame backless Tibi dress is the perfect party frock. I am not usually a big Tibi fan, as I feel like most of their dresses belong at a luau, but leave to Net-A-Porter to find a truly sophisticated option. If you aren’t in love with my suggestions, don’t despair, Net-A-Porter and ShopBop.com have so many other choices.
OK, so you are probably thinking with a bare back or shoulder, what do you do for a bra? Luckily there are so many options today. You can buy multi-way bras from most brands, but if you don’t want to splurge for just one dress, then Victoria’s Secret is your best bet. And for all of you backless girls, go for the stick-ons or chicken cutlets as they are so fondly called. Nu Bra is still the most popular option and they work really well.
So of course, I am coveting the dress worn by Jenny McCarthy but sadly was unable to find it online, so if any of you come across it, let me know and in the meantime, take my advice and show off your “sexy back” while ringing in the New Year!!!!