23 Dresses With An Open-Back Story

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If you're looking for a subtler (or, perhaps, more obvious) way to show off some skin in your summer one-and-done look, then consider the open-back dress. It's like the mullet of outfits; biz in front, party in the back. Plus, a backless frock is a clever way to defy the heat when your skin needs that open access to the breeze.

From plunging scoop backs to knotted straps and ties, we lined up 23 open-back dresses that caught our attention — and will surely initiate double-takes from curious passersby as well. But, before you go on and bring sexy back, we recommend finding a suitable "backless" bra if going chest-commando isn't an option. Also, unless you don't mind a funky tan line, be sure to have a tube of trusty sunscreen handy while frolicking the day away in one of the open-back numbers ahead.

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<br><br><strong>Jonathan Simkhai</strong> Open Back Tiered Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fjonathan-simkhai-open-back-tiered-midi-dress%2F5955357" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Jonathan Simkhai Open Back Tiered Midi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><br><strong>Nasty Gal</strong> Linen Cut Out Open Back Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nastygal.com%2Flinen-cut-out-open-back-midi-dress%2FAGG02911.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NastyGal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">NastyGal</a>


Nasty Gal Linen Cut Out Open Back Midi Dress, $, available at NastyGal
<br><br><strong>Birgitte Herskind</strong> Lola Floral Open Back Satin Wrap Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fbirgitte-herskind-lola-floral-open-back-satin-wrap-dress%2F5951748" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Birgitte Herskind Lola Floral Open Back Satin Wrap Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Open-backed Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0938937002.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>


H&M Open-backed Dress, $, available at H&M
<br><br><strong>Free People</strong> Only You Tunic, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Fonly-you-tunic%2F%3Fcolor%3D020%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>


Free People Only You Tunic, $, available at Free People
<br><br><strong>Peixoto</strong> Peixoto Nissi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Fnissi-dress-peixoto%2Fvp%2Fv%3D1%2F1590269941.htm" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shopbop" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Shopbop</a>


Peixoto Peixoto Nissi Dress, $, available at Shopbop
<br><br><strong>Romwe</strong> Romwe Women's Cute Tie Back Ruffle Strap A Line Fit and Flare Flowy Short Dress, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3AAkfL9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Romwe Romwe Women's Cute Tie Back Ruffle Strap A Line Fit and Flare Flowy Short Dress, $, available at Amazon
<br><br><strong>Endless Summer | Free People</strong> Meika Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Fmeika-mini-dress%2F%3Fcolor%3D040%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>


Endless Summer | Free People Meika Mini Dress, $, available at Free People
<br><br><strong>Influence</strong> Influence Tall cotton poplin open back midi dress in li, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Finfluence-tall%2Finfluence-tall-cotton-poplin-open-back-midi-dress-in-lilac%2Fprd%2F22828583" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


Influence Influence Tall cotton poplin open back midi dress in li, $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>Farm Rio</strong> rainbow leaves open back midi dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farmrio.com%2Fproducts%2Frainbow-leaves-open-back-midi-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Farm Rio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Farm Rio</a>


Farm Rio rainbow leaves open back midi dress, $, available at Farm Rio
<br><br><strong>Faithfull the Brand</strong> + NET SUSTAIN Alberte open-back shirred linen midi dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-us%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ffaithfull-the-brand%2Fclothing%2Fmidi-dresses%2Fplus-net-sustain-alberte-open-back-shirred-linen-midi-dress%2F23471478575741486" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>


Faithfull the Brand + NET SUSTAIN Alberte open-back shirred linen midi dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Textured Mulberry Silk Mini Strap Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stories.com%2Fen_usd%2Fclothing%2Fdresses%2Fmini-dresses%2Fproduct.textured-mulberry-silk-mini-strap-dress-black.0958622001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>


& Other Stories Textured Mulberry Silk Mini Strap Dress, $, available at & Other Stories
<br><br><strong>Urban Renewal</strong> Urban Renewal Eco Linen Open Back Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Furban-renewal-eco-linen-open-back-mini-dress%3Fcolor%3D030%26type%3DREGULAR%26quantity%3D1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>


Urban Renewal Urban Renewal Eco Linen Open Back Mini Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br><br><strong>Missguided</strong> black rib open back high neck mini dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.missguidedus.com%2Fblack-rib-open-back-high-neck-mini-dress-10225916" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Missguided" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Missguided</a>


Missguided black rib open back high neck mini dress, $, available at Missguided
<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Relaxed Open Back Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stories.com%2Fen_usd%2Fclothing%2Fdresses%2Fmini-dresses%2Fproduct.relaxed-open-back-mini-dress-red.0970810001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>


& Other Stories Relaxed Open Back Mini Dress, $, available at & Other Stories
<br><br><strong>Kowtow</strong> BESSIE DRESS, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fus.kowtowclothing.com%2Fproducts%2Fbessie-dress-infinity-print%3Fvariant%3D32792724701287" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kowtow" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kowtow</a>


Kowtow BESSIE DRESS, $, available at Kowtow
<br><br><strong>King & Tuckfield</strong> Gathered open-back organic cotton-twill maxi dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-us%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fking-tuckfield%2Fclothing%2Fmaxi-dresses%2Fgathered-open-back-organic-cotton-twill-maxi-dress%2F13289352864792957" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>


King & Tuckfield Gathered open-back organic cotton-twill maxi dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
<br><br><strong>Paloma Wool</strong> Black Say Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ssense.com%2Fen-us%2Fwomen%2Fproduct%2Fpaloma-wool%2Fblack-say-dress%2F6621491" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SSENSE" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">SSENSE</a>


Paloma Wool Black Say Dress, $, available at SSENSE
<br><br><strong>Nap Loungewear</strong> Drawstring Tie Open-Back Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fnaploungewear.com%2Fproduct%2Fdrawstring-tie-open-back-dress%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nap Loungewear" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nap Loungewear</a>


Nap Loungewear Drawstring Tie Open-Back Dress, $, available at Nap Loungewear
<br><br><strong>Sandy Liang</strong> Sandy Liang Lull Gingham Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.saksfifthavenue.com%2Fproduct%2Fsandy-liang-lull-gingham-dress-0400013606149.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Saks Fifth Avenue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Saks Fifth Avenue</a>


Sandy Liang Sandy Liang Lull Gingham Dress, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
<br><br><strong>Vince</strong> Tie Back Paneled Halter Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vince.com%2Ftie-back-paneled-halter-dress-V757951393.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Vince" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Vince</a>


Vince Tie Back Paneled Halter Dress, $, available at Vince
<br><br><strong>Staud</strong> Alix open-back cotton-blend faille mini dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-us%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fstaud%2Fclothing%2Fmini-dresses%2Falix-open-back-cotton-blend-faille-mini-dress%2F22527730566036956" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>


Staud Alix open-back cotton-blend faille mini dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
<br><br><strong>Mango</strong> CHUFY X MANGO Open back dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fwomen%2Fdresses-and-jumpsuits-short%2Fopen-back-dress_87019406.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>


Mango CHUFY X MANGO Open back dress, $, available at Mango

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