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Here Are 4 Surprising Ways To Style The Same Backless Dress

Move over, Audrey Hepburn.

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Summer is coming, and you know what that means: balmy nights, all-you-can-drink sangria and, most importantly, liberation from the winter collections of yore. We're looking at bardot tops galore, one pieces as bodysuits and our favorite classic summer staple: the backless dress.

The open-back dress, despite being pigeonholed into prom dances and Hollywood soirées, is actually an surprisingly versatile addition to our day-to-day wardrobe. With the right accessories, you can take it from a day in the office to a stylish after-work affair, from brunch with the squad to flirtatious first date. Take the plunge, and you'll be both well-ventilated and one step closer to achieving that Céline It-dress style – for a fraction of the cost. 

To help you bring sexy back this summer, we've come up with 4 ways you can style one classic little backless dress. From brunch to the boardwalk, we've got you un-covered:

TO THE OFFICE AND BEYOND


If you're lucky enough to work in fashion, you probably get a pass on back-baring attire. For everyone else, it's not a bad idea to – quite literally – watch your back. Cover up for work with an over-sized, white button-down, and give the ensemble the structure it needs with a simple double-belt clinch. Slip on a pair of jacquard-print loafers, and you'll be ready for the office. When the work day is over, slip off the button-down and you'll be the star of the soirée.



1) Immie Ruffle Strap Tie Back Skater Dress - $24 2) Misha Nonoo The Husband Shirt - $185 3) Topshop Alexa Slip On Mules - $52 4) Urban Outfitters Double Wrap Studded Belt - £18

BACKLESS BRUNCHES


Off for the weekend and ready to brunch up a storm? Jazz up your dress with a set of funky accessories in bright, tropical colors, because, let's face it, brunching is the city dweller's equivalent of a beach vacation. A clutch will force you to lighten your load (no laptops today!), the metallic sneakers are perfect for a post-brunch stroll and a cheerful cellphone case will be the perfect addition to any Instagrammer's #sundaybrunch mirror shot.

1) Immie Ruffle Strap Tie Back Skater Dress - $24 2) Steve Madden Jzada Clutch - $75 3) Kate Spade Pretty Pom Tassel Drop Earrings - $98 4) Zara Golden Sneakers - $50 5) Kate Spade Camel iPhone 7 Case - $45

Under THE BOARDWALK


We say boardwalk because we're dreaming about summer, but this ensemble would be perfect for a wide variety of date venues. If you're going for a look that's more on the flirtatious side, break out a pair of dangly earrings that will draw attention to your neck and, by extension, your luscious back. For shoes, our editors all agree mules are this summer's must-have, and you can't go wrong with a pair in blush pink. As for accessories, a Coachella flower crown might be overkill, but a classy shoulder bag will see you through. 

1) Immie Ruffle Strap Tie Back Skater Dress - $24 2) Novel Square Toe Mules - $100 3) Yoins Large Silver Plated Earrings - $4 4) Zara Crossbody Bag with Floral Strap - $40

LADIES' NIGHT


Whether you and your girlfriends are restaurant, lounge or nightclub kind of people, we know what you want for a big (or small) night out: a stylish outfit that won't leave you clinging to the bar for balance. Instead of sky-high platforms, paint the town red in a pair of chic kitten heels add a leather jacket and a beret (with badass grommet detailing) for a hint of that girl-power edge. Yes, you'll want to show off your LBD on the dance floor – but you'll be thankful for the jacket when you're heading home at 2 a.m.

1) Immie Ruffle Strap Tie Back Skater Dress - $24 2) Topshop Washed Leather Biker Jacket - $320 3) Jackie V-Cut Kitten Heels - $90 4) New York and Company Wool Grommet Beret - $15
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