Creating A Stellar Rear View

July 7, 2014 • Get It Now, Magazine

Tops, fashion trend, details, back details, lace back, open back tops, draped back

No, we’re not talking about yet another workout regimen designed to give you a Hollywood-perfect booty. We’re discussing how unusual detailing on the backs of your shirts and dresses can take an outfit from simple to stunning, and show off your style and “assets” in a unique and less obvious way.

After all, there’s something that’s both incredibly elegant and impeccably feminine about a top or dress with interesting details at the back. Here are some of our favorite styles:

Criss Cross

A simple and small opening at the lower back can be surprising sexy, especially with an otherwise flowy and covered-up outfit. This black Ann Taylor top is modest in front, but sexy in the back – perfect with a maxi skirt or wide leg pants for a summer evening out.


A bit of lace adds some elegance and grace to even the most basic tee or top, like this simple Bar III lace back tank. Keep in mind that you can always layer tanks and camis for extra coverage and still get this look as well.

Studs and Sparkle

Adding a bit of bling is a time-honored styling technique, but usually its on the front. Try a top with unique touches on the back as well for great style both coming and going, like this olive drape back tee by Halogen.


An exposed zipper can be a fun detail on an otherwise conservative top or dress, whether the zipper itself actually needs to be used or not. This black DKNY top has a very contemporary and slightly cropped silhouette (pair it with high-waisted pants if you prefer more coverage).


Of course, a sneak peek of skin like the one that’s provided by this Michael Stars tee can be sexy yet reserved (and with a top styled like this you can still wear a regular bra or perhaps deploy a low-back extension depending on your figure), or try a cardigan style like this sheer black piece by (surprisingly) Eileen Fisher.


Switching it up by having only the back of your top feature a print can result in a surprisingly modern twist on a more typical outfit. The bright green zigzags on the back are what takes this Vava by Joy Han top from basic black to special and unique. Pair it with black skinny pants or shorts and gladiators.

Whether it is lace, creative draping or any other styling, consider the rear view of your ensemble. After all, the majority of people who will be seeing you will get a view of all angles, even if you don’t personally see what’s going on from the back.

1. Ann Taylor Tall Criss-Cross Back Top, $69

2. Bar III Lace-Back Tank, $39

3. Halogen Studded Drape Back Tee, $58

4. DKNYC Zipper Back Top, Now $26.84

5. Michael Stars Open Drape Back Top, $44

6. Eileen Fisher Drape Back V-Neck Cardigan (petite), $298

7. Vava by Joy Han Wave Skyler Lace Back Top, $64

– Jaqueline Zenn

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