Let's set the scene: It's mid-July and approximately one million suffocating degrees outside, with a similar level of humidity. Your entire sartorial aesthetic is centered around the idea of wearing as little clothing as possible without actually bordering on impropriety. Sure, the dog days of summer are hard to imagine now, what with spring's inability to show up even remotely on time, but if past performance (see: 2016 and 2017) is the best indicator of future behavior (see: 2018), we're probably going to skip spring and head straight into summer any day now.
What do you do if you're not into low-cut tops or crazy-high inseams or baring your midriff? The answer, of course, is the little backless dress. A scoop-back dress allows you to show a little skin and enjoy some proper ventilation without feeling like you're fully on display. Luckily, it seems that designers got the memo, as everyone from Prada and Haider Ackermann to Trois and Staud all offer a range of lat-baring dresses for warm weather. Get ahead on the trend now by layering one atop your favorite ribbed tee, or pair it with a cardigan styled off-the-shoulder for cool spring nights.
Below, 25 backless dresses to shop before they all sell out.
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