My personal style has always been low and creative backs whether ethnic or western wear.
People tend to focus only on the front of the outfit and let the back be simple, I feel your back is more noticeable especially in Indian wear as the front gets covered by the dupatta or anchal.
Innovative backs does not necessarily mean skin show, sexiness is in you and not through revealing clothes but a sliver is kind of sexy.
You must be thinking how can a full article be devoted only to backs which is already established as non entity. So here are a few backflashes :
1. Tie backs : strings or bows used to tie an open or a low back. These are normally low cut and can be round, square, oval or v shaped. They are narrow on top where the tie is and wider towards the middle. They have a solid baseline which can be thick or thin. These backs are most popular amongst blouses and long anarkalis. They make the top slightly sexy as it is covered all around. The front can be high or low but has to be structured on top and shoulders for it to hold the outfit, the latest variation has also been on elastic sleeves in the absence of structured shoulders for the back to stay in place. The use of tassles, latkans and velvet bodices has added variety to this very traditional style.
2. Knot backs : these are wide backs which have a knot or bow at the base. Used in formal gowns and saree blouses. The bodice and the back end at the same level, these backs are wide on top and slimmer and structured at the base as that what holds it together.
3. String backs : the back has side structures of not more than an inch and like laces is holed up to be tied with a string. Made famous by corsets and cholis ,still considered a classic cut. The front of the outfit is sturdy and structured as the back is held up by strings, sometimes the strings are laced together and some have to be tied individually.
4. Backless : the back is non existent till the waist or little higher. It is held together at the nape by the front neck by buttons, hooks, velcro or tie strings. The back is completely open. Popular in swimwear, evening wear especially with halter necklines.
5. Cut out backs : these are high backs but have a cut out from a little below the start till mid back. They can be of any shape but you have to ensure that the shoulder and the necks is stiff to hold the cut in place.
5. Clasp backs : these are like wide and tie backs but the difference being are held together by a row of hooks. The hooks can be thick or thin and covered over the fabric by a broach has been the latest trend. The shape can be v, square, round, oval, rectangle, etc. The strongest part has to be the base and also the back side bars as they hold it in place. Top clasps have been a recent trend with the use of t-shirt and boat necks for a more cut out back look.
7. Sheer backs: they are similiar to cut outs and clasp backs. The bodice or top is made of sheer fabrics like lace,net, chiffon, georgette, organza, chanderi silk, etc. The top back does not have a lining, it can also be done on a cut out back as well. They tend to be covered and make a style statement. Knot and clasps backs were the first to use these options by leaving a couple of inches between the lining and start of the fabric.
8. Buttoned up backs : whether button, zip or hooks these are in a long row and all laced up together. It is a fully closed back which can be high or also used with strapless necklines. Popular in bridal gowns, blouses, kurtas and tops.
9. Full backs : the most conservative and most common back options. It is fully covered and is used with collared high necks. The back is high and completely covered with fabric. Most women don’t realize but a high backs adds weigt on your back depending on the fabric. The back has the biggest tendency to make one look ungainly so while choosing an outfit ensure you check the back section.
10. Cowl backs: just like the neckline they are folded layers at the back. Popularized as Grecian backs, they are covering and not at the same time.
Even when we wear outfits adorned with work and nothing at the back the outfit tends to look incomplete. Your back and hip area tends to look the heaviest from the back depending on the fabric e.g. anarkalis always add weight because of the extensive fabric.
Open backlines do put the focus on your back but also make you look more structured depending on the cut and fabric. Backs have become a style statement over the years. Thus, choosing the right back is a challenge but variety makes clothes more fun, so get your back ready to be flashy.
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