The One Detail That Will Make Your Summer Dresses Stand Out

Joy Montgomery
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The top 20% of our bodies have been getting a whole lot of airtime over the last 12 months, and thanks to Zoom, it's become hard to imagine our colleagues as anything other than two-dimensional beings that cease to exist below the shoulders. Really, now that those of us who have been able to work from home are making our first tentative steps out, it's about time that the back had its moment in the spotlight. Thanks to this season's open-back-dress offering, I think we're in for a real treat.

I would argue that there's nothing quite as sultry as an open-back dress, whether it's a mere hint via a keyhole cut-out or a dramatic, tailbone-grazing drop. It's a wow factor in its most elegant form. COS's sellout linen dress with its low-cut back has returned for another season, now coming in terracotta, navy and bright orange. It's the sort of dress that will look just as good in the city with sliders and sunnies as it will over a bikini for that summer staycation.

Who What Wear's Hannah Almassi swears by & Other Stories' lace-back dress, which she bought in brown. "There are multiple panels that act as a kind of casual corset around the waist and provide a nice flare in the skirt, and the tie-up back is dainty yet secure—secure enough to go sans bra when you still have an ample bosom, anyway!" she explains.

At the other end of the market is Loup Charmant's triangle-back mini, Bassike's oh-so-chic tiered midi dress, and let's not forget Asceno's Capri linen midi dress, the throw-on style that has been making the rounds of Instagram. Oh, and I can't not mention Rixo's jaw-droppingly beautiful Anatasia dress, which will be perfect for any weddings you have coming up this summer (just wait till you see the bow-tie back). Scroll down to see and shop my full edit of statement-back dresses for the summer months.

Hanna Stefansson in last year's sellout COS linen dress. Shop this year's iteration below.

A cut-out knit dress is the ideal in-between-seasons style. Just add cage sandals and hoop earrings.

Who What Wear's Hannah Almassi swears by & Other Stories' puff-sleeve dress.

Shop my edit of open-back summer dresses:

& Other Stories Open Back Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£95)

COS Low Cut Back Linen Dress (£69)

ASOS Design Gingham Midi Smock Dress With Puff Sleeve and Open Back (£38)

Bassike Open-Back Tiered Cotton-Poplin Dress (£290)

ASOS Design Satin Puff Sleeve Open Back Midi Tea Dress in Soft Check (£38)

Endless Summer Meika Mini Dress (£58)

Kalita Brigitte Low-Back Silk-Habotai Maxi Dress (£755)

Rixo Anastasia Printed Panelled Midi Dress (£315)

Loup Charmant Kitta Open-Back Organic-Cotton Mini Dress (£328)

Pixie Market Beatrice Dress in White Linen (£140)

Gimaguas Isabel Cotton Gauze Maxi Dress (£105)

Asceno Capri Low-Back Organic-Linen Midi Dress (£365)

& Other Stories Open Back Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£95)

Rixo Rose Printed Silk Crepe De Chine Maxi Dress (£325)

Dodo Bar Or Ally Open-Back Intarsia-Knit Midi Dress (£533)

Arket Cotton Voile Slip Dress (£79)

Mango Embroidered Open Back Dress ($70)

COS Satin Slip Dress (£69)

Pixie Market Beatrice Black Linen Dress (£140)

H&M Back-Laced Dress (£25)

& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£135)

& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Jacquard Mini Dress (£95)

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