How to Wear a Backless Dress

Backless dresses are an elegant, striking look for anyone looking to make a statement by showing some skin. They can be a great choice for formal and semi-formal events, but many avoid them because they can be intimidating to wear. However, if you pick the right undergarments, take good care of your skin, and accessorize properly, you can feel comfortable and beautiful in a backless dress at your next big occasion.

EditChoosing Undergarments
Try a low-back bra if you need more support. These bras have a band that wraps around your stomach and lower back, providing your chest with an ample amount of support while remaining hidden beneath your dress. If you have a larger bust, this is the choice you should consider first.[1]
Some bras can be converted into low-back bras. This is a great option if you want to invest in an undergarment you can wear every day.

Cover up with stick-on silicone gel petals if you need less support. If your bust is smaller, you might be able to get away without wearing any support. However, if you choose to go braless, you can risk exposing yourself through thin or light-colored fabric. Avoid this by sticking specialized gel petals over your nipples.[2]
If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive coverage option, putting band-aids on your nipples can work just as well as wearing gel petals.[3]

Try an adhesive bra if you have a small- to moderately-sized bust. It provides a little more coverage and support than gel petals, but offers a similar guarantee that no straps or clasps will peek through the back of your gown. It offers less support than a low-back bra, and for this reason, it may offer inadequate support to larger-busted women.[4]

Consider a bra with a transparent back for subtlety and support. These bras are similar to strapless bras, but instead of a visible band and clasp, the back of the bra is made up of clear plastic or sheer fabric.[5] If you enjoy wearing strapless bras, but the one you usually wear will show through your backless dress, this is an excellent alternative. It’s also a more supportive option for women with medium to large busts.

Choose a halter bra for dresses with higher backs and halter necks. Some backless dresses go around the neck and only expose a small portion of your back. For these dresses, you may be able to hide a halter style bra beneath your dress. This is another supportive option for women with larger busts.[6]
Be sure to try this type of bra on with your dress to ensure that your dress covers up the clasp. It’s a good rule of thumb to try any type of bra on with your dress in advance of the night you plan to wear it – if the bra fits poorly or is too visible beneath the dress, you’ll want time to find an alternative.

EditStyling Your Backless Dress
Practice proper posture to look confident and poised in your dress. Hold your head high, your shoulders back, and your chest out. Straight posture will draw attention to your back and enhance your look, so try your best to avoid slouching or hunching over.[7]
Tucking your stomach in and bearing weight primarily on the balls of your feet can help you stand taller. It’s also helpful to keep your head on a level plane by making sure your earlobes are directly above your shoulders.[8]

Choose minimal, elegant jewelry to counterbalance your daring dress. Accessories are an important part of any outfit, but the primary purpose of a backless dress is to show off your back. Jewelry that’s prominent or flashy can draw attention away from the true focus of your look.[9]
Instead of a bold piece of statement jewelry, choose a simple yet elegant pair of dangling earrings or a delicate bracelet to add just a touch of sparkle to your look.[10]

Pick a pair of shoes that complements your dress without distracting from it. People usually wear backless dresses to more formal occasions or events. As such, it’s usually appropriate to choose a fancy pair of evening shoes – usually heels – to go with your dress. Just make sure that your footwear doesn’t steal the spotlight from your gown.[11]
If your dress is sequined, patterned, or otherwise embellished, it’s a safe bet to choose simpler,solid-colored shoes. If both your dress and your shoes are elaborate, they may clash with each other.

Black shoes tend to go well with many different colors. Metallic and nude shoes can also be versatile. But if you want to experiment with an unexpected color choice, try picking shoes that are the same color as your dress, but a slightly different shade.[12]

Avoid accessories, such as scarves, that cover your neck or back. Again, you want your back to be the focal point of your look. Necklaces can also create a disruption by drawing the eye to a clasp or an adjustable chain instead of your back.[13]
Necklaces that are designed to drape down over your back are an exception to this rule. These tend to be fairly delicate, and are designed to be worn with backless dresses and shirts.

Keep climate in mind while choosing accessories. If you are attending an outdoor event that might be a little chilly, wear a shrug, shawl, or jacket. You certainly want to show off your back at every chance you get, but you should prioritize your comfort – backless looks expose a lot of skin and can leave you vulnerable to the cold.[14]

Pin up your hair to highlight the style of your dress. You may have long, luxurious locks, but if they cover your entire back, there is not much point in wearing a backless dress. Choose a hairdo that sweeps your hair up and away in order to show off your back.[15]
Updos often complement a backless gown. Try a sleek, simple bun, or attempt a more elaborate style involving twists or braids.[16]

Try a half-up, half-down hairstyle for a demure, mysterious look. If updos aren’t your thing, try keeping your hair partially down. Allow part of it drape down your back, but make sure that enough of your skin still shows through. Covering up slightly can heighten the attractiveness of a backless dress.[17]
Try curling your hair in loose waves, then sweep it to the side and across your shoulder to reveal a section of your back.[18]

EditCaring for Your Skin
Use an antibacterial acne wash to clear and prevent breakouts. Even if you are not prone to back acne, regularly washing your back with an acne wash is a good way to ward off stray pimples and keep your skin looking smooth. Choose a formula that contains benzoyl peroxide for maximum effectiveness.[19]
If you’re having trouble washing the entirety of your back, try an antibacterial skin spray. These are easy to apply, and they pack the same cleansing punch as anti-acne soaps or scrubs.[20]

Shed sweaty clothes to prevent back breakouts. Being active can increase the risk of developing acne on your back, shoulders, and chest. After getting sweaty, try to change out of your wet clothes and shower right away to clear away oil and bacteria from your skin. If you remember to do this each time you work out, you’ll be more likely to have clear skin on your back, which will help you feel confident in your backless dress.[21]

Avoid conditioners that contain panthenol to keep your skin clear. For some, products that contain this chemical can increase the risk of breakouts around the hairline and across the back. Skip these products if you can, or carefully wash your back with body wash or antibacterial scrub after rinsing the conditioner out of your hair.[22]

Moisturize the skin on your back to keep it healthy and blemish-free. After you wash, apply a light moisturizer or lotion over your back to keep the skin from drying out. This is an especially important step for those who have dry or sensitive skin.[23]
Using moisturizer soothes dry skin, but it can also prevent further acne breakouts. If your skin is dry, it produces more pore-clogging oil. Keeping your skin soft and hydrated with an oil-free moisturizer can curb excess oil and guard against resulting acne.

Regularly look at your back in a full-length mirror to ensure that you feel ready to show it off. After you begin your skincare regimen, check up on your skin to make sure you’ll be comfortable baring it in your backless dress. If you cannot see it by craning your head, use a hand mirror to assist you. Stand with your back to the full-length mirror and hold the hand mirror in front of you. Move the hand mirror around until you can clearly see the reflection of your back in the full-length mirror.[24]

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Today in History for 29th March 2019

Historical Events

1549 – The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded
1941 – WPAT radio in NJ begins broadcasting (country music format)
1979 – Delhi beats Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket’s Ranji Trophy
1982 – Delhi 707 beat Karnataka 705 on 1st innings to win Ranji Trophy
1992 – Ice Dance Championship at Oakland won by Klimova and Ponomarenko (CIS)
1993 – 65th Academy Awards: “Unforgiven”, Al Pacino and Emma Thompson win

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Famous Birthdays

1900 – Bill Aston, British racing driver (Aston Butterworth), born in Hopton, Staffordshire (d. 1974)
1902 – Onslow Stevens, American actor (This is the Life), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1977)
1942 – Scott Wilson, American actor (The Walking Dead, The Ninth Configuration), born in Thomasville, Georgia (d. 2018)
1946 – Bruce Weber, American fashion photographer and director (Broken Noses), born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania
1976 – Igor Astarloa, Spanish cyclist
1983 – Luiza Sá, Brazilian musician

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Famous Deaths

1751 – Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist (Founder of the Foundling Hospital), dies at 83
1800 – Marc René, Marquis de Montalembert, French military engineer and writer, dies at 85
1921 – John Burroughs, American writer and nature enthusiast (Burroughs Medal namesake), dies at 83
1959 – Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic’s 1st president, dies
1959 – Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84
1979 – Melville Cooper, English TV panelist (I Got a Secret), dies at 82

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How to Carry a Hedgehog

Hedgehogs are cute and friendly critters if they are bred and raised correctly. They are the perfect pets for dedicated and patient owners—they aren’t smelly, they make almost no noise, and most importantly, they’re cute! In spite of all of this, some people are still afraid to handle a hedgehog. Luckily, carrying your hedgehog is a great way to bond with it and when you learn to understand and respond to its subtle methods of communicating, you’ll have no problem at all!

EditPicking up Your Hedgehog
Clean your hands with a non-fruity smelling anti-bacterial soap. It’s important to clean your hands before you handle your hedgehog to get rid of any food smells, which can make it bite you. It’s also important to keep them scent-free so they can get used to your natural smell.[1]
Always use warm water when washing your hands and be sure to clean them after you handle your hedgehog as well!

Let your hedgehog sniff your hand before picking it up. This is especially important if your hedgehog isn’t familiar with you yet. In some cases, it might want to taste you as well—let it, it’s not painful!
Don’t be nervous! Hedgehogs are great at sensing fear, and if you’re scared and nervous, it will be scared and nervous too.

Scoop your hedgehog up from underneath with both hands. Avoid its quills and make sure all you feel is its fur. Try to keep your hedgehog’s weight evenly distributed over your hands to minimize the pressure of its spines. Think of yourself as a performer walking on nails—instead of walking on one nail at a time, you need to distribute your weight across as many nails as you can.[2]
Either use your fingers and slip them under your hedgehog’s belly or scoop them up with the sides of your hands.

If you’re having trouble picking your hedgehog up, use the side of its cage to roll it into your hands.

Don’t let your fingers meet in the middle of your hedgehog’s belly or you’ll get pricked if it rolls into a ball.

Lift up your hedgehog with both hands in a single, quick motion. Think of it like pulling off a Band-Aid or imagine yourself as a nurse giving a needle shot. Be sure to keep your motion steady and confident and remember that it’s going to prick a little.[3]
Grab the hedgehog firmly enough to hold it but light enough to minimize the pain.

Always use gentle, slow, and non-threatening motions. Don’t move jerky and fast or your hedgehog might think you’re attacking it.

Have confidence—the better you are at picking up your hedgehog, the more secure it will be and the less likely it is to prick you.

Keep calm and give your hedgehog time to relax. After picking up your hedgehog, remain still and let it do what it wants. If it rolls into a ball, don’t worry—be patient and wait for it to calm down. After a few minutes, it should unroll and start to sniff you and might even try to explore you![4]
If your hedgehog continues to be agitated, put it back in its cage and wait a bit.

Some hedgehogs have been well socialized and bred or have better temperaments—they should unroll pretty quickly. However, some are not so great and require more time.

Keep your hands flat and let them wake up and get used to everything. Once their quills are down and they’re looking around and sniffing, they’re comfortable.

Carry your hedgehog using the palms of your hands. Start walking with your hedgehog and keep your palms underneath it to support them. If your hedgehog is a bit jumpy, hold it in the palm of one hand and place the other palm behind it—facing its head—just in case it tries to get away.[5]
Be sure to carry your hedgehog by the fur and not its quills!

Press your hedgehog against your chest with one hand as you carry it. If you want to get a bit cuddlier, hold your hedgehog with its back to your belly with one hand. Just be sure to cover this area of your chest with something soft, such as a small cloth, to avoid getting pricked by its quills![6]
If it’s comfortable enough with you, scratch your hedgehog between its quills with your free hand.

EditSocializing Your Hedgehog
Carry your hedgehog at least 30 minutes daily. The best way to do this is by carrying them 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes at night. If you just received your hedgehog, take note of its behavior when you carry it—if it’s stressed, wait 2 days until you start carrying it. Otherwise, you can start carrying it right away and bonding with it![7]
Signs of stress including hissing and huffing, twitching and shaking its head, and frantically running away.

Never provoke your hedgehog within its cage. Only pick your hedgehog up from its cage when it’s comfortable. If you cause your hedgehog to hiss or huff when you reach into its cage, you’re training it to react this way any time a human hand approaches it. Avoid touching its spines and never pet your hedgehog by reaching into its cage.[8]
If you want to pet your hedgehog, wait until it’s in your hands.

Some people can pet their hedgehog in its cage when it’s completely comfortable with them, but it’s not recommended.

Don’t pet or pat your hedgehog’s quills until they’re comfortable with you. In general, hedgehogs don’t like to get their quills pet. When you’re carrying them, let them move around your hand and sniff you and talk to them as much as possible to get them used to the sound of your voice.[9]
After your hedgehog gets to know you, it might start to enjoy getting scratched between its quills. However, don’t ever rush this process—wait until it’s very comfortable with you!

Keep the same smell as much as possible. Hedgehogs don’t have good eyesight, so they use their sense of smell to recognize you. Avoid changing perfumes, shampoos, and soaps, as this can confuse your hedgehog and make it feel like it has to get to know you again.[10]
Avoid using gloves when handling your hedgehog as it will mask your smell.

If you’re having a hard time not getting pricked, try using some bedding as cushioning. Go for the fluffiest kind you can for the best results!

Hedgehogs respond to positive reinforcement and punishment should never be implemented for any reason. Hedgehogs are timid creatures by nature and need loving support to learn good behaviors. Be patient—some hedgehogs are easier to train than others!

Hissing is a normal reaction to being picked up for the first time. However, clicking and popping are aggressive acts that mean “get away from me.” If your hedgehog does this when first being picked up, it means it has been poorly socialized and bred and it will need intensive socialization to come around. If it does this when you try to pet them while handling them, it means it is either not awake and calm enough yet or it simply doesn’t like being pet.

Never punish your hedgehog.

Do not associate feeding with handling—this can lead to biting problems with some hedgehogs. It is best to feed your hedgehog with treats by hand when they are fully awake and not in your hands, on you, or with tweezers.

If your hedgehog bites you, remain calm. They do this out of fear, because you smell like food, or you have associated food with handling—they will eventually let go. Do not pull your finger/hand away and do not strike the hedgehog.

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