The scooped back dress (or scoop back dress) is a dress featuring a rounded, plunging backline. There are several different types of fashion backlines, including the V-back, the drape and the cowl. The scooped back is traditionally form fitting and notably characterised by the curve of the fabric at the bottom of the back. The location of the curve can vary, from mid-back all the way down to the top of the bottom (or lower!).
The scooped back dress is an exciting way to show some skin in a subtler, non-traditional way. A typical scooped back dress will have a high neckline, creating an illusion of modesty. Until you turn and walk away, that is! The scooped back will surprise your admirers with an uninterrupted display of one of the sexiest parts of the female body. Peek-a-boo!
It’s important to choose the size and depth of scoop that’s most flattering for your body type, as well as appropriate for the time of day. If you don’t want to display too much of your back but you want to try this look, go for a narrower, shorter scoop for a similar effect. Alternately, if you’re comfortable with exposing more of your back then by all means go for a wider, deeper scoop. But for daytime wear, your scoop shouldn’t drop below the bottom of your shoulder blades and your bra should not be showing! In the evening, all bets are off – go as wide and deep with your scoop as you like, but a regular or strapless bra won’t work. You’ll definitely need to find stick-on cups to hold your girls in place to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.
The scooped back dress offers a modern sexy and intriguing alternative to more typical plunging necklines. With a modest front and a revealing back, it takes the concept of teasing to a whole new level. If you’d like to give this look a try, have a look at the Gaelle Short Back Backless Dress, one of Libertinesque’s best sellers!