Catch That Red Carpet Trend: Backless Dresses

Expose your flipside without feeling self-conscious

Apparently, baby got backless. At the Berlin Film Festival, Eva Green and Sienna Miller sailed down the red carpet baring their naked spines. Ditto for Beyonce at the Grammys. I am assuming that these babes also have advanced support systems, as backless means braless. Or does it? Read on to learn how to expose your flipside without feeling self-conscious.

First and foremost, you need a great backless bra. There are bras that feature straps which criss-cross lower down the spine, but the straps invariably sneak upwards and peek out. And considering that the latest styles of gowns, dresses and halters dip low, a dropped strap bra won’t do. I don’t care for bras with transparent straps either. A glimpse of a plastic strap is tackier than a Bar Mitzvah in Queens.

Instead try the NuBra, from Frederick’s of Hollywood ($60; fredericks.com). This contraption is, in essence, two self-adhesive cups that support breasts. You can also create cleavage with the front closure. Full frontal disclosure: I was squeamish when I first applied these cups. They are cold and have the texture of week-old Jell-O. But you will get used to them and they do work. (Pulling them off is more emotionally traumatic than physically painful.)

Secondly, don’t forget that the back is one of our largest expanses of skin. Alas, it is also difficult to moisturize unless you are double-jointed. To get that vast anatomical area aglow, use an exfoliant like Sephora’s Indulgence Body Scrub in Grapeseed or Lemon Drop, ($12; sephora.com). Lastly, a dress would be nice. I love this Carmen Marc Valvo taffeta frock, which is on sale right now for $197.90 at Saks.com. From the front, it looks downright demure. Turn around and you reveal just the right amount of skin.

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