Wednesday, August 5, 2015

On the Street…Fifth Ave., New York

8515fifthaveA1159Almost every girl should have a racerback dress in her wardrobe.


At least once a day in New York I see a woman that looks great wearing some form of a racerback design. It must be something about the counterbalance of giving an appearance of a stronger shoulder and a more narrow waist. In this particular picture, it also helps that she has belted the dress. Again, in the summer, I see dozen’s of women wearing very long, and what they would consider flowy, but what I would consider oversized-shapeless dresses.


On a final note, I also love that this dress is in a dark blue with the subtle touch of a green shoe. There’s so much basic black and white on the street right now, that it’s nice to see dark toned color on a summer evening.


And by the way, don’t you think more stores should invest in mirrors that make it easier to see the back of the outfit? A lot of the time, like in this look, it carries the whole outfit.



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  1. AdinaN.

    August 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Love the back of this dress!

  2. Audrey

    August 5, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Sorry, not every “girl” can wear a racer-back dress. Women have breasts and some of them are too big to go braless. Unless you also like visible bra straps?

    • therealblonde

      August 5, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      That’s what I came here to say as well :)

      • darcy

        August 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm

        Right. We’d love to. Truly. Have thought many, many times how nice it would feel to wear a youthful, simple, and breezy look like this.

        • ee

          August 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm

          ditto, loudly – this is what I came here to say. wearing cups in the front for support is uncomfortable and unflattering.

          • judrop

            August 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

            och, me too. all very well for the flat-chested…!

    • debbie

      August 5, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Audrey-you are correct in that not every girl can get away wearing a dress like this one (braless). And showing bra straps defeats the purpose of wearing the dress in the first place. So no, not every girl should wear racerback dresses.

    • carl

      August 5, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      the U.S. and the neverending story bra yes or bra no…..
      this country still seems to be entangled in another rock hudson /doris day ‘love affair’.
      this shot shows very simply the very icon of a perfectly built woman who by chance wears a racer back something and looks good in it . thats all and i am very happy about it.

      • Joannesez

        August 5, 2015 at 5:33 pm

        That´s not the point. People i.e. women are responding to Scott´s comment that almost every woman should have a racerback in her wardrobe. Racerbacks just don´t look good with a bra – neither in the U.S. nor elsewhere.

    • anna

      August 6, 2015 at 2:11 am

      I wholeheartedly agree. It just does not work for everyone and going bra-less is most of the time not an option.

    • jen

      August 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

      I agree. Every ‘girl’ should wear one. But Im not a girl , Im a grown woman and dont go that naked in the city, sorry.

      • Sarah

        August 13, 2015 at 4:02 pm

        Right on!

    • Emma

      September 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Thank you so much for saying this

  3. Michèle

    August 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

    love the simplicity and the backview of the dress

  4. Maria

    August 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

    YES! Why do all the stores have no three way mirrors??? Some stores have barely any mirrors at all! One I could mention had a mirror that started at hip level, and when i asked for a better mirror, the girls there just shrugged like i was asking for something silly. Can someone explain that attitude? ((..))

    • Lis

      August 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      Was the store in Europe? HA! WELCOME to Europe. Most of Europe = NO customer service and pay cash ONLY… Oh and….red tape, bureaucratic hurdles and the evil eye. Crazy Europeans…should loosen up, right? ;) xo

      • Joannesez

        August 5, 2015 at 6:47 pm

        I´m surprised you´d say that. I´ve been all over Europe and I never had the problems you mention.

      • Joannesez

        August 6, 2015 at 3:42 am

        What a strange thing to say. I never encountered such problems, and I´ve been in so many European countries.

        • Lis

          August 6, 2015 at 10:45 am

          Your comment popped up twice. Who do I write to? ;)

          Life is full of differences…because that’s just a fact of life. xo

      • Lisa

        October 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm

        “Europe” consists of like 50 different countries. Can you Americans stop referring to it as if it was all the same?? You just sound ignorant. I am European and have lived in 4 European countries, visited at least 10 more, and so far, most of them have both mirrors and customer service.

  5. Marie-Laure

    August 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I agree with you, I hate shapeless dresses. Racerback tops or dresses are really effortlessly sexy, it’s perfect for summer!

  6. msatwell

    August 5, 2015 at 9:52 am

    you are right – it´s very beautiful. but difficult to wear with a bra..that´s probably the reason why not many woman love this kind of dresses.

  7. lindy702

    August 5, 2015 at 10:08 am of your best..!

  8. justray

    August 5, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Her femininity is fabulous! Edges, curves, and all.

  9. Lo

    August 5, 2015 at 10:24 am

    She looks stunning, and I agree that the colour combination is a nice and subtle change. However I do dislike your comment about flowy vs. shapeless dresses. So what if a woman feels great in a dress that doesn’t show her shape? It’s not her duty to show her body at all times.

    • Kim

      August 6, 2015 at 3:44 am

      Exactly! Just because the fabric doesn’t hug every inch of your skin does not make an outfit “shapeless” and wearing tight clothing does not automatically make something “feminine”.

  10. ~ Carmen ~

    August 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

    The dress looks very comfy & cute. Perfect for summer. :]

    // â–˛ â–˛

  11. Liz

    August 5, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I agree I think stores should definitely get more back of the outfit mirrors!

  12. Rory

    August 5, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I live with women – three daughters and my wife – and I have learned that “should” should be taken out of the lexicon when men are talking about women. I do realize that I am using should with you…:).

    • Stephanie

      August 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      What a kind and funny approach. They’re lucky daughters and wife :)

      • une chatte grise

        August 5, 2015 at 2:56 pm


    • Rebecca

      August 6, 2015 at 1:21 am

      Go Rory! Respect to you for your respect to your family.

    • jen

      August 6, 2015 at 11:28 am


    • Sarah

      August 13, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Thank you Rory!

    • Maria

      August 31, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      You are well trained, aren’t you :) !

  13. Chris Castanes

    August 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Looks as if she could be standing on a sidewalk in Europe. Very continental!

  14. Nini piccola

    August 5, 2015 at 11:02 am

    The back of this woman is made even more beautiful but the lack of tattoos. I hope we have peaked in that department.

  15. Adeola Naomi

    August 5, 2015 at 11:06 am

    yes a mirror that can show the back is all we have been looking for!!

  16. therealblonde

    August 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Sorry if shapeless dresses aren’t pleasing to your eye, but when it’s hot out, belting my dress is not my priority.

  17. Hera

    August 5, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I love pics taken from the back, it leaves a place for the imagination.

  18. Haggie

    August 5, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    As my pervie old grandpa would say: “I hate to see you leave, but I love watching you walk away.”

  19. Lauren at adorn la femme

    August 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    On a side note, I believe that mirrors are meant to benefit the retailer….did you know that some actually install mirrors that make one look thinner than actual?

    adorn la femme

  20. Mike

    August 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    That’s my girlfriend! Woohoo!

  21. aga's suitcase

    August 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    This dress is so stunning and simple

    New post:
    Look of the day 2 by Moda Zeta – Colombiamoda

  22. Joanna

    August 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Great photo – as always :-)

    But I like the comment even more. 100 % true.
    Could not agree with all you said more

    many thanks & regards


  23. Frank

    August 5, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    The way the ‘sandals’ match the dress in colour is outright adorable.
    reduced and very tasteful.

  24. Sisty

    August 5, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Yes, dressing rooms without a rear-view mirror are dealbreakers for me. I won’t shop at stores that don’t have them.

  25. Archana

    August 5, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I applaud her choice of green sandals.

    Scott, glad to see you write about your subjects. Being neutral was good and I enjoyed reading the comments all along. But its nice to hear your take on it too.

  26. Keri Blair

    August 5, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Love the racerback! This is a great effortless look and she looks so chic.


  27. Sarah Barnett

    August 5, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Yes! Racerback is great for petite women and helps to create stronger, more defined features. They make the neck look so long and the shoulders so elegant.

  28. blog de moda

    August 5, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    wuaooo que vestido espectacular,me encanta!!!

  29. vestidos de novia

    August 5, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    un vestido estupendo para el verano.

  30. Bee

    August 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Also: back fat. It’s hard to pull off that look unless you’re fit, petite, or have delicate skeletal structure.

  31. maura

    August 6, 2015 at 4:33 am

    I do think it’s all about the shoulder blades.
    So damn sexy. Strength and vulnerability at the same time.

  32. Catherine

    August 6, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Sadly I have swimmer’s shoulders and tend to look like a wrestler if I wear a racer back… so no…

  33. Sarah

    August 6, 2015 at 6:55 am

    ohh they look great but only if you don’t need support for the breasts…


    August 6, 2015 at 7:19 am

    I totally agree with you! It makes your waist look smaller and the shoulders stronger. Haven’t seen it yet over here (still quite rare), but it probably will become a trend as well….

  35. Stella

    August 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Sometimes I think you forget that we are not all as slim and toned as your subjects! We should all wear what we want, but I’m not sure the racer back “flatters” everyone..

  36. Christynaw

    August 8, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Spot on! “The flowy dress” is code for a piece of fabric as far away from my body as possible accompanied by a nice breeze. Gotta love summer time ;)

  37. Lex

    August 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

    So glad I’m not the only one who instantly thought ‘Um… Duh? Some of us want to wear a bra!’

  38. Albert

    August 8, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    This one is great!

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles
    Palming Pebbles FB

  39. Marye

    August 9, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Simple but lovely dress!

  40. Alice Olive

    August 10, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Agree on more stores having three-way mirrors – it’s essential to see how you look from the rear! Often it’s the most important element of how I want to look.

    I love racerback, too. Like many women who’ve commented here, it does depend a lot of the time on the size of your bust and if you’re comfortable (or if it’s appropriate) going bra-less. Outside of work, I’m happy to go without, but I am also blessed with a small bust. Yes, blessed :)

  41. Anne

    August 19, 2015 at 10:10 am

    I have big boobs, broad shoulders, and really pale skin. Flow-y racer backs definitely do not belong in every woman’s wardrobe! In fact, I think only a very specific body type can pull it off.

    • Maria

      August 31, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      What does pale skin have to do with the choice of top? I am honestly curious. I wear racer backs all the time, but they have a bra built in, and I have a rather small chest, and I am thin, but more straight shouldered then the girl pictured. I think they look good, or at least fine with my pale skin She is pale, and she looks just fine too…. do you mean you thin k you should be tan?

  42. Michelle

    August 30, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Chill people. He said “almost” every “girl”.

    I’m neither small chested, nor a girl. But you won’t see me burning my bra about this. I’m a grown ass woman who needs to wear the damn thing.

  43. Chi-Kan Woo

    November 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Oh yes, we need more 2 way mirrors in fitting rooms. Honestly, if I think I look good from behind, I will buy something immediately. And please, no directional lighting from the ceiling either creating shadows everywhere.

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