The Key to Pulling Off an Open-Back Dress

by Jaclyn Emerick

Hudgens: WireImage; Ambrosio: WireImage; Collins: Getty ImagesHudgens: WireImage; Ambrosio: WireImage; Collins: Getty Images Exhibits, at left. You're exposed. So reserve the skin show for evening. Then use our tricks and perfect that over-the-shoulder head sweep.

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The Look:
If you're going strappy, pick a dress length that hits below the knee -- shorter is too much skin. More covered up on top (for instance, long sleeves) lets you pull off a higher hemline. If you have perky B-cups or smaller, you can get away without a bra. If your boobs are bigger, you'll need a boost from a good strapless, backless adhesive bra. (We like NuBra.)

The Product:
Quickest way to ruin this look: tan lines. But it's tough to apply sunscreen to your own back. So here's a fix: Sun Bum SPF 50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen, $16, for easy DIY coverage.

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The Move:
Larsen & TalbertLarsen & TalbertAnchor a band at floor level around a sturdy piece of furniture. Lie facedown, arms in front of you; grip handles. Lift chest, arms and legs off floor as you bend elbows and draw shoulder blades together. Hold; return to start for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 15 reps on alternate days.

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