Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Introducing the “Backless” Tag


Today’s post reminded me of all of the photos I’ve taken of women wearing backless dresses. Looking at the photos you can really feel the heat of summer!


We’ve added a “backless” tag, so you’ll now be able to search specifically for these images.



Another version of this is the racerback.


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  1. Inside my head and wardrobe

    August 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    i love backless dresses!! great pictures

  2. Jess | the Jess Journals

    August 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Love backless dresses! Thanks for making it easier to search. :)

  3. nyrha

    August 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    First photo is amazing!


    • Q

      August 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      I agree……… that dress is dreamy, I love it.

  4. carola disiot

    August 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    wow! love the 1 and 3 photos! amazing backless dresses!
    ciao da Milano!
    new post!

  5. Eva

    August 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    All beautiful photos but the first and third are my favorites, so beautiful!


  6. Simbarashe

    August 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I remember when you posted that one at Prince and Lafayette and thinking how awesome of a shot it was. But I really like the one of Garance with the safety pin – photographer ninja!

  7. monkeyshines

    August 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    gorgeous back designs!


  8. emily

    August 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    any thoughts on how such a look can be accomplished for larger chested girls? i love dresses with cut out or low-cut backs but i don’t know how i could possibly pull them off. i know there’s been a trend of neon bandeau bras and the like on display under a racer-back tee etc., but that seems so tacky, especially on a nice dress.. solutions?

    • Anna

      August 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      I’d like to know this too

      • Fiyel

        August 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

        I’ve been thinking the same thing too!

    • lucia

      August 29, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Exactly! I don’t think it works. I think a bit low back is allright but if you want to go totally bare back, I don’t think it will look good on a bigger woman. In general I think a slightly open back i s fine, but not showing it all. I.e I don’t find the first picture alluring at all, looks like she forgot her blouse, or maybe its from a dressing room. This is not for everyone. I don’t like bras to be shown either, looks tacky except if you are a singer in a band, or a really young model.

    • robin

      September 13, 2012 at 4:00 am

      Backless is one of the few good looks exclusively made for those of us with little-t0-no-boobs. Ladies with a chest, you have a million and one other amazing options that don’t quite work for us boobless girls.

  9. kcomekarolina

    August 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    omg!i love this style!

    xoxo from rome

  10. Eva

    August 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Love it! <3

  11. Johnny

    August 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love the style of the girl in the first picture!

  12. Ines_Cruz

    August 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I have a backless dress myself, and I have to admit it’s pretty nice to wear… awesome for the summer!!!


  13. ETC...

    August 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Backless is incredibly beautiful. Love the photos…




    August 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    cool pictures!!


  15. Audrey

    August 28, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I LOVE backless dresses, unfortunately, my breasts are too large to wear them myself.

    • nidhin poppy

      November 23, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      I know what u need, for that problem

  16. mike

    August 28, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Please tag this one backless: http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/on-the-street-mulberry-st-new-york-3/

    She is so strong. One of my favs.

  17. Xeana

    August 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    It is a good idea to take photos from backless! Sometimes outfits in the backless more interesting than the front!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  18. Mia Marionette

    August 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Wow, the first image is stunning! I would love tho see it it front though, the photo makes me really curious to see more, and thats a good thing!


  19. Anna

    August 28, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I love this post, bare backs are so gorgeous for summer. xx

    South Molton St Style

  20. mr. fedora

    August 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I seem to remember another one that you did in two parts telling us you’d show us the front the following day: was that a backless one or was it just a skirt with a backless top?

  21. Evgenia

    August 28, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    The backless is so sexy!


  22. Laura

    August 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Wow, the first photo is gorgeous! And the last one is my favourite from all your photos!


  23. Poppy Keane

    August 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    These pics are all so summery and easy, but as noted, the dresses only work for women with small breasts.


  24. anne

    August 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I’d love to wear such dresses! beautiful

  25. Sophie

    August 28, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Backless is my favourite type of top/dress. It is so sexy but in an understated way…the best kind. These pics are beautiful.



  26. Sevan

    August 28, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Only young women can afford to wear backless dresses and it’s simply beautiful.
    My favorite picture is the 3rd one : I love the composition, front and back, dark and light, long and short, brunette and blond, etc….

  27. Sophie Mhabille

    August 28, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Very beautiful backless, so feminine

  28. NOA

    August 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm


  29. Sarah

    August 28, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    the backless style is classy and sexy, and perfect for summer. i’m liking the first picture, wish i could pull of something like that!

  30. African Fashion

    August 28, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I remember this photo, very much a favourite!


  31. Samira

    August 28, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    great photos!!!! love all of them!

  32. CBC

    August 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    #1 the winner…..

  33. Sungjin Ha

    August 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I envy them who can wear backless dress wothout any hesitation. I am a man so I want to let my girlfriend wear those of dresses, but because of a lot of people’s eyes, We can’t. :(

  34. *sP

    August 28, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    it’s one of the largest erogenous zones and baring it in public is super naughty but not lewd.

  35. Rebecca

    August 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Many moons ago.. when I was very YOUNG there was a Peter Sellers movie and where an actress was wearing a backless dress. I thought the back is far sexier than the bust. Thank you for acknowledging the “Back”!

  36. Carmen

    August 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Beautiful, an open back is so sexy!


  37. Lyana

    August 28, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I think open backs are sooo sexy!

  38. Monsieur Marcel

    August 28, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Only for women…hopefully, never, ever for men ( I can see a fearless, young designer sketching away).

  39. Lauren@Styleseer

    August 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Great idea! And, again, I’m absolutely loving all these backless dresses. They are so gorgeous and perfect for summer.

  40. sarah

    August 28, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Ohhhhh. That first dress! STUNNING.

  41. Helen

    August 28, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    I love the first look. It’s very sexy and beautiful.

  42. Tiffany

    August 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    This is definitely one thing that I am going to miss about the summer: backless tops and dress! I never even was able to find one for this summer :(

  43. Marta

    August 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    As a huge fan of your work , and a backless dresses lover : Thank you!

  44. Fashion Inciter

    August 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I like them all. Backless dresses or tops give a really cool feel without be vulgar.

  45. Anita

    August 28, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    ooo can so feel the heat, am missing it down under and freezing atm

  46. Demian

    August 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I must say that there is nothing more sensual and beautiful than a woman’s back. This reminds me of my NYU days, walking around the Village or SoHo in the summer, and this boy delighted to so many lovely backless dresses — he was in heaven. 30 years later, the enchantment of these still intoxicates.

  47. Nomadic D

    August 28, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    These are gorgeous! Hard to pull off, maybe yes, but totally worth it if you can!


  48. Susie

    August 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    There’s something so gorgeous about a woman’s back.

    Sea and Swank

  49. MaricruzLA

    August 28, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Great photos number 1 and 3 are my favorites, and really cool tag xx


  50. Tammara Shelley

    August 29, 2012 at 1:51 am

    From the back… someone will probably think they are in bras and skirts; But then… all in all, nice dresses.

  51. Fred (Paris)

    August 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Women with backless drive me crazy! Backless is soooo beautiful!

  52. Vicki Fields

    August 29, 2012 at 2:45 am

    I love the color black it goes down well with any event and you can style it whichever way you want for it to suit what you want. The open backs do catch the eyes of many, they are good to the eye.

  53. Stills

    August 29, 2012 at 2:46 am

    Love the first dress!


  54. Guillermo Álvarez

    August 29, 2012 at 2:52 am

    My God!, fives photos, this is wonderful!
    thanks Scott.

  55. yv

    August 29, 2012 at 3:43 am

    very sexy, love it!

  56. StreetLounge

    August 29, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Wow, first one is great, wish I could see the front too :)

  57. luxeinacity

    August 29, 2012 at 4:12 am

    Black is really beautiful especially when it comes to dresses. It becomes refreshing to the eyes with backless styles.

    Backless dresses worn by women these days are telltale signs of the summer heat and the best seasons to spend times in luxury beaches and resorts.

  58. style-xyz

    August 29, 2012 at 4:32 am

    all of these photos are beautiful! and the first dress is really stunning!

  59. Talia

    August 29, 2012 at 5:28 am

    Love the Backless dresses ; I just bought myself a really nice grey long fitted to the body Backlessdress but I always wonder; even with my small B-cup I dont really feel comfortable parading without a bra…..is it me and do I need to get used to it???

  60. Dusty Petals

    August 29, 2012 at 5:30 am

    I love these shots so much. It makes me crave summer so bad. xoxo

  61. valeria fumi

    August 29, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Love this post!! and I’m crazy for the first dress!! She look gorgeous!! :-))


  62. Val

    August 29, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Love love love! So beautiful


  63. Kalinda

    August 29, 2012 at 8:21 am

    There is something very sexy about a backless dress!! Love all of these!!

  64. Emilia

    August 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

    love backless clothes! super!

  65. Christine

    August 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

    the last one is one of my favorites..

  66. TW

    August 29, 2012 at 9:37 am

    What I love about the top photo here, by the steps, is, well, obviously the back, but the way you framed it and the black shoe sticking out and also that we can see the outlines of a white t-shirt on a very lucky guy.

    Thanks for tagging these Backs for our Futures.

  67. ttea

    August 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Backless has definitely been a popular choice this summer, I know that I was finding myself wanting to buy a backless dress just for the heat of this summer. I like the first photo the most, the skirt reminds me of a gypsy.


  68. Laura

    August 29, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I really love the photos that are taken. Each one seem to have something special to say.
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  69. Gervaise

    August 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    the girl on the 5th’s one is absolutely astonishing and beautiful..!

  70. daniel barrera

    August 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    lovely silhouettes oversize


  71. Taeho Kim

    August 29, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I miss summer already!!!

  72. Esther

    August 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    love the backless outfits! definitely made me miss summer!

    Esther xx

  73. HumVee

    August 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Scott,

    Great idea! Here’s one of my favorites that doesn’t seem to be tagged yet:


    I remember when you posted this I spent forever trying to find a dress like that online. Still looking…..


  74. ivy

    August 30, 2012 at 12:53 am

    love backless design, but i always wonder whether you should wear a bra or not!

  75. Cherie

    August 30, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Is 25 still young enough to wear the backless dress style?
    I adore them but can’t decide if it’s tacky for my age or not.

  76. Donatella Pirotta

    August 30, 2012 at 3:06 am

    I think the nude back is sexy but glamorous. Love!

  77. Cherryred

    August 30, 2012 at 4:35 am

    I love the backless clothes.
    Pic 1 and 3 are fabulous!

  78. Kacie

    August 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

    … and I am so glad you did!


  79. throughdodoseyes

    August 30, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I ❤ backless. Beautiful and understated sexy

  80. Iovinci

    August 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Nice Backs!!

  81. Hedwig

    August 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    You know what would be really nice? If you could tag the seasons in which you took the photo’s. For instance, right now I’m looking for some inspiration for winter. If I could just get an overview of all the winter-y outfits you’ve captured, that would be just brilliant!

  82. LabellaLuxe Boutique

    August 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Love the backless look!

  83. Stephanie of pintopinto

    August 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    This is awesome! I just got a geometric tattoo on my upper back, and I’ve been looking for inspiration for clothing to show it off.

  84. Andrew

    September 3, 2012 at 5:35 am

    Great shots…no one seems to mention the artificial leg shot.

  85. debi c

    September 4, 2012 at 7:45 am

    the 3rd photo is the one that made me realise i wanted to be a photographer.i had a burning desire to upgrade to a proper dslr after looking at that photo.i have recently and i am happy to say my photography is improving.thank you scott.

  86. Emily

    September 4, 2012 at 8:55 am

    There is something just so confident and beautiful about all of these shots

  87. mino

    September 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    anyone else notices the girl on the bike in the 5th picture?

    • Dulcie

      January 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      YES!! Kudos to her! Especially for not being ashamed or embarrassed to show it off.

  88. melanie

    September 17, 2012 at 4:48 am

    awesome! i love the picture someone’s back who is taking a picture.

  89. paola

    September 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Love those backless looks! have had a few mself in my times! “backless and lengthless”! and what lovely sandals!

  90. dd002

    October 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    #5! her awesome bionic leg.

  91. Samielia

    January 14, 2013 at 7:52 am

    I like the woman on the bike..she is missing a leg but she is still elegant and “backless”, proud of her! :)

  92. anon

    May 23, 2013 at 11:56 am

    does anyone know where i can find a dress like the beautiful strappy patterned white one in the 4th picture?

  93. Miami Photographer

    October 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Love this collection of backless looks!

  94. Wilson

    July 4, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    The sexiest thing you can see on the streets is a hot girl in the backless dress. That first look is so unique… like she’s on a set for some gladiator movie.

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