There is always something alluring about showing off some subtle skin as we get older, I’m not talking necklines split down to our navels, or mini skirts, these are ultimately aging and  wearing something more suited to a 20 year old is not and I repeat, not going to make you look like a 20 year old. I am all for shopping in stores that don’t necessarily cater to an older demographic, there are treasures to be found amongst the crop tops, woefully unflattering cheap fabrics and bum skimming shorts.Look for the premium fabrics and collections and design details that set pieces apart, you can always change  buttons to give a more luxe look to a fairly inexpensive piece. Anyway, back to the topic in hand, the back!A dress can look so demure from the front, but a fabulous back detail really ups the glam stakes, whether it be a casual dress or one that is more party ready.  As with necklines, choose the dress carefully and make sure the back isn’t cut too low, there is nothing wrong with being a bit daring and going for an open back, but it is infinitely more youthful to take a slightly less is more approach to how much skin you reveal.

This  3.1 Phillip Lim dress is a perfect balance of  youthful and fresh, with a dash of sex appeal. The bra style top, asymmetric hem and midi length makes for a great daytime to nighttime piece and works with flats or heels perfectly (although I am a huge fan of pieces that can go from to day to night with ease)and the colour palette of dark blue and black with a painterly polka dots makes this a trans seasonal winner.

Below I have picked my favourite dresses to showcase your back and will ensure everyone is watching your every turn.

To be honest, I am not a fan of a maxi dress, I think they can be quite aging and a lot of women I see are often drowning in them. This one by BCBG Generation has such a fabulous back detail , I had to include it and for $59.99, Iit would make a great purchase.  shortening this dress to just below the calf would make all the difference to the aesthetic and makes it ultimately more wearable.

A pretty coral red and a floral print with side button detailing, a semi fitted bodice and a square neckline giving a nod to the 90’s makes  this Capulet dress ($158.00)a little different from the normal sheath style. and it will suit many different body types.The back, although only cut to just below the shoulder blades gives a subtle hit of sexiness.

This Yumi Kim floral print dress ($218.00) with bra top style front, shirred waist, fit and flare skirt and  cross back straps  is a flattering  wear everywhere dress.If  you dare, go braless, the adjustable straps will give  some support.

In a pinstripe seersucker fabric, the back detail is subtle,  but effective and one for those who prefer more coverage. The quintessential summer fabric is given a  feminine look with a gathered bodice, self tie belt and off centre split. It will look great with all  your favourite sandals and sneakers and is one to keep  summer after summer.  This dress won’t pass its sell buy date!

$228.00 from

This Vince dress ($395.00) looks like a casually tied sarong from the front , but the twist back detail  and side pockets gives it a more laidback luxe look, a simple drapey style that will look great with heels for easy evening look.

Of course I had to include my own dress! Currently on sale for $570.00, it makes for a worthwhile investment piece.  It really drapes so beautifully because of the ribbed sweater knit edges that give weight to the printed silk fabric.

I would put Meghan Markle in this simply stunning Tibi dress ($1295.00). Yes, I know it’s very expensive, but let me count the ways I love it so. The silk crepe fabric that makes wearing a white dress year round perfectly plausible, the patchwork paisley appliqués that adorn the front, the asymmetric hem that makes it ideal with any shoe, the narrow open back that reveals without revealing AND that fringed scarf detail that just trails down to the ankle. Whats so great is that you can wear a strapless bra, a little light pinning to the scarf to make sure it doesn’t move and you’re ready to go.

Now, what to wear underneath these backless wonders. Let me introduce you to Britains finest purveyor of well made, well priced bras of all descriptions…… Marks and Spencer. Whether you need light support or a lot of support, they have something to work for everyone, from padded, underwired and multiway, there is a bra to wear with all kinds of back revealing tops and dresses that have you feeling confident all day and into the evening. 

Vintage lace multiway bra in almond(shown) and white. $37.00

Embroidered push up bra with removable straps in black. $26.00

2 pack multiway bras on flesh and black colourways. $41.00

All available to ship to the US from

Keep on crushing those ageist style boundaries.


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