My #NZFW Street Style Diary
by Lucy Korn
The exposed back and why it is so much better than the exposed boob
There is no body part quite so underestimated as the back. Most girls, when dressing for a night out opt for showing off their much appreciated chest area or acres of leg. This is of course in a quest to look hot (and if your reading this and scoffing at the fact that girls dress to look hot then you need to get over yourself because you do too).
Nonetheless the boob or leg thing, or the boob AND leg thing if your Blake Lively, is so easily overdone. ‘Showing skin’ is a highly sophisticated art form; show too much boob and no one will look you in the eye all night, show too much leg and be prepared to never sit down, show too much of both and you’re J’WOWW.
What you can’t do however, is show too much back (in theory you can but for the purpose of this post let’s just say you can’t). Thus is why the open back dress/top is so great. It’s not an in your face, check out my ta-tas kind of sexy but a classy, you don’t know what I’m about until I turnaround kind of sexy. Which is obviously the best kind.
The red carpet adores a slutty back; I challenge you to find an Oscars/Golden Globes/Emmys whose red carpet has not been graced by at least one. Actually I think fashion itself adores a slutty back. It is the one body part that has stood the test of time; the waist has come in and out, hemlines have risen and fallen but the back has always been there, serving its certain controlled slutyness for decades.
PS. Something that has ‘caged back’ in the description is probably pretty whorey and you should steer clear.