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    26 Dresses That Stun From Every Angle

    Gorgeous, front and back.

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    1. A v-back slip dress you can layer under jackets and sweaters — or even over a turtleneck — all winter for a look that's both slinky and cozy.


    Get it from Amazon for $44.90 (available in sizes XS–XL and five colors).

    2. A bodycon mini with a sequin chevron design to show off your shoulder blades (and your sparkle).


    Get it from Express for $64.80 (available in sizes XXS–XL.

    3. An oversized v-back maxi that'll turn any beach, pool, or sweltering city into your own personal catwalk.

    Can you say effortless vacation dressing? And P.S. it has pockets too!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and eight colors).

    Promising review: "I love this dress! The pockets are great, the fabric feels nice. It's kind of a slinky type of fabric — dense enough that it doesn't really show lines underneath, but not hot. The slit is the perfect height. I went hiking while wearing this dress (unexpectedly!) and it was able to tie it up. I have a back tattoo, and I like that the back is cut out so my tattoo is visible. The dress is cut low enough to let your skin get some air, but high enough to be appropriate in any setting." —Shayna

    4. A long sleeve mini dress with a tie-back and ruched detailing that scream, "Party in the back!!"

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $38 (available in sizes 1X–3X and four colors).

    5. An open-back mini in an adorable star print you just have to have in your closet — you and this dress? You're cosmically destined to be together.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $25 (originally $50; available in sizes 0–12).

    6. A cocktail dress with sheer lace front and an open back that'll be a must-wear for any schmancy weddings you have coming up.


    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S–2X and three colors, plus a high back version too).

    Promising review: "What a beautiful dress, I really enjoyed and loved this dress for a beautiful evening out with my husband. I did have to buy something special since the whole back is open, that was a little tricky to find a bra that would work. It was light weight and very comfortable, little stretchy but not too much. I received many compliments on it and I loved the feel. It is something that I can wear more than once and just for outings to dinner or for a nice occasion." —Josephine

    7. A v-back sweater dress to prove feeling cozy and showing a peek of skin aren't mutually exclusive.


    Get it from Lulu's for $58 (available in sizes XS–XL and six colors).

    8. A long-sleeve lace-back number so you don't have to fret over what to wear to work, that last-minute party, or out for your friend's birthday dinner — this knit dress works for all.


    Get it from Amazon for $24.69 (available in sizes XS–XL and burgundy).

    9. A retro-inspired swing dress with a scoop back and bow detailing to ~tie~ together the perfect outfit.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.98+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 21 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "I buy tons of vintage inspired dresses on Amazon. This is my new favorite! This dress is absolutely beautiful! It fits perfectly, and it has stretch to it. The material is heavy and soft and the design of the dress is so cute!!! I didn’t expect such great quality for the price. This dress is comparable to a dress that I paid over 60 dollars on from Unique Vintage, I’m serious! If you’re thinking about getting it, don’t hesitate." —Amazon Customer

    10. A chiffon mini lined in the front and sheer in the back for a subtly sultry look.


    Get it from H&M for $49.99 (available in sizes 0–14).

    11. A backless fit-and-flare ***WITH POCKETS*** so you can stash your lipstick, a snack, and whatever else you always need at arm's reach.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 16 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE this dress! It’s going to be perfect for my bridal shower and bachelorette party. I I was worried about the straps and the not staying up, BUT they’re adjustable which makes it perfect! The material is super comfy. Highly recommend this dress!" —Justin

    12. A twist-back dress for a perfectly polished look that's still mega-comfy.


    Get it from Target for $22.74 (originally $34.99; available in sizes X–4X and red).

    13. A beachy strap-back maxi everyone will think you splurged on at a resort boutique.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in nine colors).

    Promising review: "As others have stated, this is an incredible Free People Extratropical dress dupe!! I originally saw someone wearing the Free People dress ($118) on Instagram, so I decided to give this one a try. It's very close to the design and it's effortlessly gorgeous to boot!" —LEK

    14. A lovely tea-length dress with a thigh-high slit and twist back to add some edge to a classic look.

    Get it from Asos for $23 (originally $29).

    15. A twist-back sweater dress for a hint of sexy to go with your cozy. Or because your front needs to stay warm and your back needs a dang breeze.


    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes XS–4X and three colors).

    16. A ruffle-shoulder, scoop-back sheath to bring the D R A M A to the next big event you have lined up.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $35 (available in sizes S–L and in yellow).

    17. A spaghetti strap number ready to ask, "Oh you still don't have a dress for that dance? I've got you (un)covered!", Amazon

    Reviewers who are 5'9" and up noted that this is long enough to be a maxi on them, too!

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes 0X–3X and 10 patterns; also available in straight sizes S–L).

    Promising review: "OMG!!! Guys, i just tried on my dress and I LOVE IT, LOVE IT LOVE IT, LOVE IT. I'm 6' tall and the length is PERFECT. Exactly what i was hoping for. The size is perfect for me as well, not too loose, but loose enough for this hot weather. I definitely recommend this dress to all women. Especially my tall ladies, you would not be disappointed." —Saldia

    18. A faux wrap dress with lace accents at the bust, because isn't velvet just the very part of the winter season?!


    Get it from Nordstrom for $128 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    19. A vintage-y sequin fit and flare that'll make you think about leaving the party early just to show off the back.

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and three colors).

    Promising review: "This was such great quality of beading and sequins for the price! I wore it for my engagement party and it was such a hit. The fit was as expected and I loved the open back details. Would definitely recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    20. A lace-up-the-back slip dress so you can match the Times Square ball when celebrating the New Year — or celebrating any little win life brings you.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $59 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    21. A spaghetti strap party dress with a bow in the back for a custom fit, because you look too cute to worry about a wardrobe malfunction.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 11 colors).

    Promising review: "I bought this dress for a wedding in Texas. I could go on and on and on about how perfect it is. Material was thick and great quality. The dress was flowy and the perfect length for me as I don't really like the short dresses anymore. And the back is beautiful! " —JayNikki

    22. A strappy maxi in a pretty floral print sure to make you ready for a beach vacation.

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    The straps tie in the back so you can adjust them — without having to fiddle with those plastic things that *usually* come on adjustable straps.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes 0/2–8/10 and four prints.

    Promising review: "It fit absolutely perfectly. This dress is SO darn cute. If you're thinking about getting it — DO IT! I had this in my 'saved for later' for months and every time I had an occasion, I was like man, I wish I had gotten it. Well, I did and I have no regrets!" —Amazon Customer

    23. A velvet and tulle confection with a bow-topped keyhole in the back for some cold weather glam.


    Get it from ModCloth for $179 (available in sizes 0–26 (UK sizes 4–30) and in navy).

    Promising review: "I got this for a work Christmas party I have coming up and OH MY WORD. It's the most beautiful dress I've ever worn! I've always wanted to rock velvet for Christmas and I love a full skirt so I knew I had to have this dress. The silhouette is so classic and the little surprise open back is just darling. I can't wait to wear it!! I think it's adorable though and, with a pair of heels, it'll work just fine!" —Meggie

    24. A strappy-back sequin mini that'll look even better when it catches the light when you're dancing.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $74 (available in sizes XS–XL0.

    25. A simply gorgeous velvet maxi dress you need to keep in your closet for any last-minute formal events you might have in store.

    Reviewers note that this runs big!

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XXS–XL and 12 colors).

    Promising review: "My oh my was this dress a HIT. I looked hot, not going to lie. Wore it to a Christmas event in December and I can confidently say the quality and elegance of this dress is well worth the price. I'm honestly considering ordering a couple more of the colors that caught my eye, but all together I highly recommend this dress. Suggest getting some double-sided tape for the chest area though." —smash

    Now why am I suddenly dying to watch the perfect 2003 film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days?

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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