I love blouses, pullovers, jackets and coats with extra detailing in the back, like ruffles, flounces, pleats, colour blocking, knots, bows and peplums. I enjoy how a little extra thought has gone into the design of the item, making it a step up from basic.
I was thinking about why I’m drawn to this type of asymmetrical detailing.
- It’s unexpected: We expect the detailing to be in the front of the garment because that’s what others see most of the time, and what we see when we look in the mirror. Pop the detailing at the back instead and you’ve defied the norm, providing an element of surprise for your audience. It’s a more subtle statement that can be just as powerful.
- It’s unique: Garments with back detailing are less common, making them more interesting and special.
- It works well with short hair: Short hair showcases items with back neckline detailing particularly well. The detailing also draws attention back to your neck, which I’m in favour of doing.
- It’s fun: Regular in front, but party at the back. Why not! You can’t see the detailing, but others can, especially when you’re in motion.
- Three-dimensional fabness: The back detailing on garments celebrates that we are three-dimensional walking works of art.
I recently added both of these tops to my wardrobe because their back detailing pulled at my heart strings. Cropped ruffled flounces on the pullover, and a twisted knot on the blouse. I’ve only had them for six weeks but they became instant Summer workhorses.
I also have my eye on the pullover on the right because of the unexpected back bow detailing, (unfortunately it’s already sold out online, but is available in stores). Elegantly plain from the front and party at the back. Could be nice with a pile of white pearls and my pearl grey jeans. I’d need to find a camisole or tank top to match too.
Over to you. How do you feel about the unexpected detailing on the backs of garments? Are you attracted to them like I am?