Chic From Every Angle

April 4, 2011 • Get It Now, Magazine

Jacqueline Zenn

One of the more interesting trends we’ve been seeing on the streets and in the pages of our favorite fashion magazines lately is a more creative rear view. Shirts and dresses with cut-outs or other detailing at the back are perfect for spring and summer, and they are often sexy in a less obvious way than the more traditional plunging necklines.

Ensembles with unusual details at the back have always been a great option for evening. Something simple and sleek like this Alexander Wang* black tank dress is a good building block for any number of night time looks. This Helmut Lang* tee is a more casual version of the same idea, a basic piece with a surprise peek of skin.

For a bolder look, this charcoal gray PENUMBRA mini-dress could go from day to night with ease. Just add a black blazer or cardigan on top, and remove it when the sun goes down. Embellished styles can also make the transition, for example, this sequined Valentino tee or this girly Miu Miu satin top could go casual with denim or upscale with a pencil skirt.

The detailed rear view works for a more avant-garde look as well. This Rag & Bone mesh and suede top is an excellent example, as is this Junya Watanabe open back jacket. Both pieces look classic from the front but contemporary from the back.

Regardless of whether you go for a feminine style or something edgier, there is one thing is for sure with this trend – you’ll look stylish whether you are coming or going.

*Note – for those of us who simply can’t go without a regular bra under any circumstances, styles like these with lower cut-outs are perfect for keeping all straps covered while maintaining the sex appeal of an open back.

1. T by Alexander Wang Charmeuse Long Tank Dress $240
2. Helmut Lang Open-back Jersey T-shirt $185
3. PENUMBRA Mini Dress With Leather Strap $190
4. Valentino Sequin-embellished Tulle And Jersey T-shirt $790
5. Miu Miu Cutout Satin Top $1495
6. Rag & Bone Errington Suede And Mesh Tank $325
7. Junya Watanabe Open Back 2-Button Jacket $1340

Image Layout: Molly Murphy

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