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Bare backs in fashion

fashion-and-trends Updated: Feb 23, 2013 02:43 IST
Shara Ashraf, Arpita Kala
Shara Ashraf, Arpita Kala
Hindustan Times
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If you are in the mood for some skin show at the next do you’re going to attend, ditch the dress and go for a sari with a sexy blouse. You can be a head-turner even in a simple sari if you are wearing a statement blouse with a low-cut back. A bare back is also so much sexier than a cleavage, and works for those of us who are not cool with the idea of flaunting the décolletage.

We’ve got for you some daring and sexy blouse-back designs that can give an interesting spin to your sari. When you are wearing a blouse with an innovative back design, keep your hair away from your back. Style it in an updo or make a side braid and bring it to the front. With some clever body makeup in place, you’ll be set to bring the sexy back.

Add some dazzle to your back
Flaunt a flawless back with some smart makeup tips and a friend to help you out. Hide blemishes, spots and uneven tan with a concealer. Apply body foundation to make your skin tone even. To avoid staining your blouse, wear it only when you have finished the makeup.

For a night party, add a dash of glitter to your back for a glamorous look. If you want to tone down the drama, you can also use a shiner to get the shimmery effect without going over the top.

For a sun-kissed and elegantly-arched back, use a bronzer. Dust the powder sparingly on your back with the help of a brush.
(With inputs by beauty expert Richa Agarwal)

Get a flaunt-worthy back with home remedies
If dark spots are making you shy away from flaunting skimpy blouses, try out these simple natural remedies. Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar and dab it on the marks on your back twice a day. Do this daily for six to eight weeks to get a flawless back.

For a glowing back, regularly exfoliate thrice a week with a paste of sandalwood powder, oatmeal, milk, a few saffron strands and rose water. Another home remedy to lighten the skintone of your back is by mixing potato, lemon and cucumber juices with oatmeal. Apply this concoction every morning before bath and let it dry.

If an unsightly tan is why you can’t flaunt your back, spread a paste of mashed papaya with a few drops of orange juice on your back for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.

To add some shine to your back, apply fresh strawberries mixed in vitamin E oil after exfoliating your back with a body scrub. Brown sugar, dry orange peel powder or almond oil are also excellent body polishers. You can also polish your back with sugar, coffee grounds and rice bran mixed with essential oils.

Get your blouse basics right
Do not get swayed away by fancy designs. Pick up a blouse design that flatters your body type. If you have flabby arms, go for quarter or full length sleeves. If there’s flab on your tummy, opt for a longer blouse such as a corset style blouse.

Choose the neckline wisely. If you have a short neck or a double chin, Chinese collars, turtle necks or roll necks are not for you. Go for V-neck or scoop neck instead.

Nothing looks as tacky as a bra that keeps peeping from under the blouse. So, opt for a blouse that has cups fitted inside for support.

You can get a snug fit only when your bust point, empire (underbust) and round measurement (where your blouse ends) are accurate. The perfect fit could take a trial or two.
(With inputs by fashion designer Rajdeep Ranawat)