Reader Poll: Thoughts on Backless Shirts?

July 15, 2011

I love reality TV and I’m not afraid to admit it. Currently, “The Bachelorette” is taking up quite a bit of room in my DVR. Two-hours every week I get to escape to LA or freakin Taiwan and watch Ashley Herbert fall in love and wear backless shirts.

Ashley Herbert backless shirts
Wait. What? That’s right, Ashley stepped out in a different open back shirt or dress for practically ever date this week. Sure, Ashley is a super petite girl and looks great in pretty much anything, but I did not realize the backless trend was, well, back!

In case you missed it.

Bachelorette fashion
Wait, here it is again (ID’ed by The Possessionista here).

Backless in Taiwan - Style Me Thrifty

And here on her date with Constantine (who needs a haircut).

Ashley Herbert - Style Me Thrifty

Looking scandalous at the rose ceremony.

Back and sides showing, yikes!

When I was 18, I definitely had a strange love of backless shirts. In fact, for my senior year fashion show, I designed a pretty awesome (aka, scandalous) backless shirt held together by a hot glue gun and modeled it on the runway. Shoot, even my prom dress was backless! I’m sure it all horrified by mother (“isn’t that too much skin, Madeline?”) but showing off your back was all the rage in 2000. I was just keeping up with the trends, Mom!

Fast-forward to 2011. I’ve been seeing backless tops at places like Urban Outfitters and Lulus, but for the most part, they’re all a bit subtler than the gaping backless tops Ashley is so fond of. I think a little peek at your lower back can be really sexy, but going completely backless brings up a lot of questions:

What the heck do you wear underneath? (seriously! — no clue).

What happens if it’s windy out?

What will my mom think?

So I throw the question to you, my lovely readers, where do you stand on the going backless debate?

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PS – I have a burrito on the line that Ashley will pick JP in the final rose (that’s who I picked in my office Bachelorette pool!). Fingers crossed.

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  1. c

     /  August 27, 2011

    i am so into ashley’s open-back outfits! my favorite one is the blue open-back top she wore on ryan’s date – that one is from Bebe. so cute! any idea where I can get that open-back top she wore on constantine’s date? i love that one too!
    thanks! :-D

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