Backless is back in fashion
Backless gowns and dresses have been around for ages...though earlier, if a woman wore a plummeting backless gown, a few eyebrows would be raised. But over the years, backless has redefined elegant and chic. Of course, there are still a few people – and celebs – who go woefully wrong with their choice of backless outfits, taking for example international stars Rihanna or Lindsay Lohan – who look worse for wear and vulgar. Many like Ann Hathaway and supermodel Heidi Klum work the backless design to their advantage with their toned and supple backs.
Closer home we have our Indian Bolly beauties trying to amp their fashion quotient by wearing backless gowns and cholis with saris. Some pull it off, some don’t. Karishma Kapoor was one of the pioneers of Bollywood backless-wear and she still pulls it off. Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are famous for their perfect figures and obviously, their backs are as attractive as their faces and they flaunt backless dresses with élan. Others like Rakhi Sawant, who is unaware of how unattractive her back looks insists on wearing low cut back designs and exposing a beefy and fat back – which at times doesn’t match the colour of her face. Sridevi too, at the 56th Idea Filmfare Awards went backless in a bright purple ensemble which made her look old and frankly, silly, as her back was fleshy.
But how about us common folk – can we pull off a backless look effortlessly? We can, if we keep a few tips in mind. Firstly, if you must wear a backless dress or blouse, please ensure your back is clean, without acne and most importantly – without fat. Nothing looks worse than a beefy back bulging from the hemline of your dress. Once you are certain your back looks good, remember a few more tips.
Always choose a dress or a blouse with a simple front if the back is daring – this balances out the back. If your dress is low cut both at the back and at the front you will look promiscuous and vulgar. For a casual backless look wear simple ballet flats and carry a small clutch in nude tones. Backless outfits are generally not very ornamental so you could pick a sling purse with some embellishment as well. Else team it with stilettos or wedges. For a more casual look you could opt for a casual top with backless detailing. This gives a fun and flirty look to an otherwise sober outfit as the sudden flash of back is unexpected. You can wear these tops with denims or shorts or even coloured trousers for a fun and stylish look.
If you want to wear a backless dress for an evening high fashion party then make sure you choose a dress that goes below your knees – backless as well as short is a recipe for disaster and vulgarity. Wear a cascading waterfall back necklace which looks effortlessly stylish. Sober makeup and an attitude is all you need to grab attention. Do up your hair in a simple yet stylish chignon or even a ponytail to show off your toned back. If you are opting for a backless choli, go for one which has the borders of the blouse embellished – this creates a nice frame for your back. A simply tied bow looks great as do halter cuts if you want to glam up a simple sari. Deep “V” cuts, corset styles, one-shoulder and string blouses are quite the rage.
Another must do is to wear the correct underwear – it looks really bad if you have a wardrobe disaster in the middle of an event and with backless dresses, tops and blouses, this is often a real possibility. Please remember also, not to flaunt your back if it is embellished with nasty tattoos. If you have a simple and chic tattoo which is small, only then does it look good being flaunted. Trashy, loud and large tattoos will not add anything to your look and you will grab attention for all the wrong reasons! A small, strategically placed tattoo looks good and some people can even opt for temporary tattoos or henna designs on their back to add to the fashion quotient of a backless ensemble.
So go ahead, make some heads turn with your back!