A number of the creations from the Fashion Watch Holiday 2011 collections made a bigger impression from behind than they did up front. Designers kept a lot of the drama at the back, choosing to show skin with the help of a deep cut or see-through fabric. The result: an elegant but sexy look for the season!
We’ve rounded up 5 great ways to try this trend that you should keep in mind when planning your New Year's party wardrobe. And while the usually high necklines of a low-back style will keep you from worrying about showing cleavage, it does require you to keep your rear torso in tiptop shape. No, we’re not talking muscles, though a bit of tone is always attractive, you just need to get the skin on your back smooth and picture perfect!
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Read on to discover our 5 back-baring trends!
What: The most common, and usually the most elegant, incarnation of this look is the deep cut that stops at the waist, showing off shoulder blades and the lovely arch of the back.
How: Rule of thumb is that if you’re going low behind, keep the front spare and high. We love how Alex Bitong framed his deep-V with draped fabric or how Jojie Lloren tied it together with a dainty bow.
THE DRAMATIC KEYHOLE
What: In the past, peek-a-boos and keyholes were no bigger than the size of your palm. Now that over sizing is the quickest way to update a look (be it a print or a silhouette), a larger opening at the back makes an equally huge statement.
How: Ferdie Abuel did it best with his vintage inspired dresses. The complex cutouts and pleat work happening in front were paired with the simplicity of a dramatic opening behind.
What: Much like the way the slit of a skirt reveals the leg at a crescendo, a slit at the rear of a top has a similar yet unexpected effect.
How: Whether you prefer Jojie Lloren’s tailored take or Len Nepomuceno’s flirty style, you’ll appreciate how the cut playfully reveals a pretty skirt detail or a barely there bottom.
What: Popular in the ‘90s, the apron top hangs from the neck and is held in place by a strap or two behind.
How: Joey Samson cleverly turned a waist coat sexy by trading in fabric for straps at the back (a great way to work androgyny this season) while JC Buendia’s romantic lace top took the daring route following the same principle.
THE SHEER REAR
What: See-through tulle has proven to be designers’ favorite fabric to play with for the past few seasons so it was no surprise that sheer back panels caught our eye.
How: The designs of Dennis Lustico and Philip Rodriguez create the illusion of bare skin with their play on fabric textures. This is a great way to show off that back without having to leave it exposed!