Why Backless Dresses Are Still What's Up

Remember 2007, when going backless was suddenly the only cool way to spice up a dress by showing skin? Showing back felt especially rad in comparison to the traditionally low-cut tops and dresses we were already accustomed to seeing, likely thanks to it being not-so-obvious (not to mention it brought zero chance of a nip-slip).

And the look has never quite gone quite out of style. While it has met solid competition through the years — like the recent resurgence of the plunging neckline — it seems like designers continue to come up with new, ingenious ways to make them interesting again. Right now, for example, instead of flow-y, bohemian backless dresses, we're looking to more structured versions that either employ quasi-complex detailing, or are almost entirely fabric-free, giving us some actual breathing room.

With temperatures going way, way up, there's no better time to bare it all. Ahead, find 15 backless picks to get ahead of the trend — or should we say behind it?
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The Goldie dress is one of Instagram's finest. Do it for the 'gram.

Realisation Par
The Goldie, $195, available at Realisation Par.
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This dress is like a blank canvas. Wear it with different (or no) jewelry each time, and people will wonder if it's new.

Jason Wu
Crepe de Chine Midi Dress, $1,495, available at Net-A-Porter.
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A loose-hanging, backless dress is a great way to preserve your chill on a sweltering day.

Reformation
Linnea Dress, $98, available at Reformation.
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If you can't bare to think about the end of summer, just imagine how well this will look with boots.

Kimchi Blue
Flirty Open-back Fit + Flare Dress, $69, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Layer over a pair of structured trousers for that fancy event you have coming up.

Thakoon
Speckled Tie-dye Long Sleeve Gown, $2,250 $855, available at Moda Operandi.
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Special occasion dressing problems: solved.

Opening Ceremony
Otis Twill Open Back Circle Dress, $615 $246, available at Opening Ceremony.
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Some of the best backless dresses are a complete surprise.

Zara
Low-cut Back Dress, $69.90 $39.99, available at Zara.
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Stripes — never a bad idea.

Choies Color Block Striped Tied Strap Detail Open Back Midi Dress, $23.90, available at Choies.
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Say hello to this colorful surprise.

L'oeil
Verona Dress, $62, available at L'oeil.
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A frayed hem makes this retro silhouette feel more modern.

Farrow Mauna Dress, $72 $49.99, available at Need Supply Co.
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The crisscross back detailing is brought up to date with the long, loose-hanging straps.

Finery
Chalcot Trailing Blooms Printed Pinafore Dress, $119, available at Finery.
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Let a long hemline balance out the open back.

Raey
Backless Halterneck Twill Wrap Dress, $473, available at MatchesFashion.
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A great option for nighttime, but also day-appropriate if you're feeling it.

Staud
The Johnny Dress, $215, available at Staud.
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Loose fit, knotted back — done and done.

Storets
Mira Back-twisted Gingham Dress, $72, available at Storets.
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Hello, low-backed LBD that you can wear with or without a tee.

Weekday
Eyelet Dress, $66.08 $27.53, available at Weekday.
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