When we want to make an impact, a backless dress is a sure winner. Most often worn for a formal occasion, it allows a combination of modesty and a glimpse of a sexy expanse of skin. A backless dress is fabulous for showing off a tan, especially if there are no tell-tale bikini strap marks! Does anyone remember Jennifer Lopez in a gold backless dress at the Golden Globe Awards? Those who saw it certainly do. A backless dress can be sweet and pretty with a summery beach-ready short skirt, or a backless gown will always create a red carpet feeling for any occasion.