Strategic backless frocks and tops are everywhere this summer, but you can easily look sloppy and not chic if you aren’t careful!
If you try on backless dresses and pout about how you would never be able to pull off the look without a bra you’re not alone! Luckily, you’ll never have to worry about that again — sure, while a flimsy frock isn’t for everyone there are a slew of dresses you can wear that you probably would’ve sadly put back on the rack. The key to pulling off this look is making it look neat and chic, like Kristin Cavallari. The Hills star probably didn’t need a bra, but not everyone falls in to that category — for example, look at Jennifer Love Hewitt shopping in LA yesterday. While the dress she wore shopping was adorable, her visible bra strap looks so sloppy! I’m not saying she had to go bra-less, but there are a variety of ways to avoid this serious wardrobe slip-up. Maybe it’s a personal thing, but I have a huge problem with bra’s poking out all over during the summer!If you can’t go bra-less, there are a variety of cups or frontal support systems you could try, although not everyone feels comfortable relying on that. Luckily, there are some dresses, (low halters, and dresses with strategic straps), that offer the backless look but also have a good support system in the front so you won’t feel like you’re merely relying on flimsy fabric. Bras with lower straps could be useful too, although I think the best way to work a bra with this look is to opt for a lacey bandeau — you’ll be supported but it will look stylish, like you meant to have a sexy strip of lace showing! You can even conceal a strapless under most bandeau’s too, adding extra support to the get-up.If you’re wearing a dress like the black tie-back version below, you can probably get away with a bra that has a very thin strap — but be sure to tape it in place with double sided tape! You don’t want to be that girl annoying your friend all night and having her re-adjust your dress. Be sure to slip some tape in your purse in case it does get loose, a quick fix will come to the rescue!Finally, the best bet when it comes to bearing some back is to look for a dress that shows some skin in the middle of the back. I have a dress just like that and it’s appropriate for my office, looks great at night, and is also comfortable to wear all day since I can throw it on over my normal bra. The top back of the dress buttons and stops right below my bra, where my skin shows. Below my skin is an elastic strap where the dress starts up again. It’s the perfect option for any critic who scowls at the thought of a backless look! Check out my picks below if you want to try out the trend, just in time for the weekend!-Katrina Mitzeliotis