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    28 Dresses That Stun From Every Angle

    Gorgeous from the front, gorgeous from the back.

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    1. A cape dress with a plunging square back so glamorous, even Edna Mode would be ok with you wearing it.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and four colors).

    2. A velvet mini covered in glitter polkadots to show your sparkle — and your shoulder blades.


    Get it from Express for $39.95 (originally $79.99; available in sizes XXS–XL and petite 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. An asymmetrical wrap mini, because isn't wearing velvet the best part of these colder months?

    Forever 21

    Plus, it has adjustable straps and a tie in the back for a fit tailored just for you.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $14 (originally $28; available in sizes 1X–3X and in mustard).

    Promising review: "It’s super comfortable! i want to wear it for every occasion, LOL it just fits so great!" —Karla R.

    5. A lace-up dress that'll make your heart flutter, thanks to those flowy sleeves.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–L).

    6. 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 $20 (originally $50; available in sizes 0–8).

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


    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and seven colors).

    8. A long-sleeve number so you do ~knot~ 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 Eloquii for $16.97 (originally $79.90; available in sizes 14/16–26/28).

    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 seven colors).

    Promising review: "This is a gorgeous gown made of a durable yet soft and comfortable fabric. I've worn it a few times to very formal events with the slip and received many complimentary comments." —JSC

    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 14 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 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 seven 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

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


    Get it from Nordstrom for $46.99+ (available in sizes 2–12 and a stripe pattern).

    14. 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 $28.99+ (one size, claims to fit sizes 0–12; available in two colors).

    Promising review: "The color is a very cute, subtle dusty rose pink. It’s very comfortable and the fit is nice. I love the back detail." —Emma Q.

    15. 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 $17.99+ (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

    16. A scoop-back sequin gown for a dramatic (and dramatically inexpensive) option for a black tie affair.

    Century 21

    Get it from Century 21 for $66.59 (originally $297; available in sizes S–L).

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


    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in sizes 2–12 and five colors).

    Promising review: "The material on this is great — sweater material, not too thin. Super comfy and fits great! I got lots of compliments! I purchased in gray and black and I’m not opposed to purchasing all the colors!" —Amazon Customer

    18. A pleated maxi dress with a bow-topped halter back you can dress down for a vacation or dress up for a swanky event.


    Get it from Asos for $60 (available in sizes 0–14).

    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 $39.99+ (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 cowl-back slip dress so you can match the glass of champagne in your hand when celebrating the New Year — or celebrating any little win life brings you.


    Get it from Express for $40.99 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    21. A high-in-the-front, low-in-the-back skater dress you'll reach for every time you search your wardrobe for a going out outfit.,

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes S–L).

    Promising review: "I was nervous, but it fit great and was super cute. The fabric is stretchy so it fits your body, and the flare at the bottom is perfect." —Shanequa St. Hill

    22. A paillette-sequin, t-back mini that'll be even cuter when you're dancing in it.

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $79 (available in sizes XS–L).

    23. 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 $23.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and nine 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

    24. A keyhole-back, slit-front stunner in bold orange and blue floral for a gorgeously saturated Instagram #OOTD in front of an equally colorful backdrop.

    River Island

    Get it from River Island for $40

    25. 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 $18+ (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

    26. A long-sleeve dress so you can ~button up~ a stylish look with minimal effort.

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $98 (available in sizes XS–L and in green).

    27. A slinky number that'll plunge in the front *and* the back, because why choose just one?

    Get it from Amazon for $54.40 (available in sizes 2–8 (AUS sizes 6–12) and in white).

    Promising review: "This dress is amazing, especially for the price! The material is thicker than I expected, which is great. It’s sexy." —Reilly d'Elia

    28. 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)).

    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

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

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