• Coletta Bow Blouse in Striped Classic, $33; at Sosie

  • My Way Home Maxi Dress, $185; at Nasty Gal

  • OBEY Endless Skies Dolman Top, $92; at Revolve Clothing

  • Alexander Wang Structured Open Back Cardigan, $357; at Shopbop

  • Pony Tee, $32; at Need Supply Co. 

  • Free People Kristal Limited Edition Holiday Dress, $500; at Free People

  • 291 Long Sleeve Cross Back Pullover, $80; at Shopbop

  • Parker Split Back Contrast Silk Tank, $195; at Intermix

  • Drape Dress with Strap Back, $35.08; at ASOS 

  • Silk Shapesketch Twist-Back Tankdress, $109.99; at Madewell

  • Pins and Needles Bow Back Peplum Tank Top, $39; at Urban Outfitters

  • Florider Lace Back T-Shirt, $170; at Reiss

  • Motel Body-Conscious Dress With Strappy Back, $19.29; at ASOS

  • Daydreamer LA Cross Back Tank Top, $29; at Urban Outfitters

  • Blue Life Deep V Back Top, $56; at Revolve Clothing

  • Fringe Knotted Leather Jacket, $149; at Pixie Market

  • One Rad Girl Alessandra Bodycon Dress, $96; at Urban Outfitters

  • Keepsake Simple Song Mini Dress, $172; at Revolve Clothing

  • Warehouse Embellished Back Dress, $67.53; at ASOS

  • Axel Caplet Boxy Long Sleeve Tee, $88; at Free People

  • Parker Bow Back Dress, $198; at Revolve Clothing

  • Printed Low Back Top, $48; at Free People

  • Winter Kate Silk Embellished Back Jacket, $177; at Revolve Clothing

  • Thakoon Sheer Back Shift Dress, $990; at Shopbop

  • Petite Lace Back Playsuit, $96; at Topshop


Keep Heads Turning: 25 Pieces With Interesting Backs

Keep Heads Turning: 25 Pieces With Interesting Backs

There’s no denying that when it comes to dressing, it can be difficult to toe the line between totally predictable and just plain crazy. Sure, we want to take a risk, but we don’t want to look like we just stepped out of a Lady Gaga video.

The compromise? Business in the front, party in the back! From playful bows and ladylike lace, to sexy plunges and daring drapes, garments with cool, interesting backs can add just the right amount of pizzaz—and surprise—to an otherwise typical ensemble.

So go ahead, throw on an open back cocktail dress or a cross-back sweater and give ’em something to really turn around for.

Click through the gallery to shop 25 pieces with stylish backs now!