If looks could kill, then Indian backless cholis would have been on the hit-list of the Gardaí around the world! Well, jokes apart, the bare-back blouse we all have come to love is one super style must-have that’s non-negotiable in our festive wardrobes.

A toned, clear, smooth back is one accessory that can add immediate oomph to your style, glamming up your appeal with just a little touch. Thus, bare-backs will never go out of style, and neither would our beloved backless cholis. They may transform themselves, as per the changing fashion trends, we would never be ready to dispense them off ever.

As expected, this festive and wedding season too, bare-back cholis with Navratri Chaniya Cholis, festive lehengas, traditional sarees, and wedding lehenga cholis are quite a rage. Here are some styles that we are especially lusting this season-

Backless Choli Designs

1. The Sheer Back

Navy Blue Net Flared Sequins Worked Designer Lehenga Choli with Layered Bell Sleeves

A sheer layer on a bare-back choli will balances the boldness with grace- a blend that one can modestly carry for a cultural occasion. Sheer back cholis made with net, tissue, or organza layers and elevated with appliqués, lace work, embellishments can give an instant uplift to a plain lehenga, adding oomph to complement all figure frames. 

2. The V-Back

Black Taffeta Silk Lehenga Choli With Mirror Work

This one too goes well with all types of figures! It can be a straight V held at the bottom with a ribbon or bow or one with a thread tie-up near the shoulder. And if this is a little basic for your fashion choices, you can try out the inverted V- dare it back detail that is buttoned on the top and goes wide towards the waist.

A modish way of hiding back flab, the V-back is a boon for women who are conscious of their love handles. Inverted V s are excellent for ones who want a snug neckline but still wish to bare their backs.

3. The Classic round, U, or sweetheart shape

Grey Net Designer Embroidered Lehenga Choli

Classy and eternally stylish, this feminine backline trend will always be in vogue. The deeply curved back can is one of the most pervasive classics, which has seen patronage from women of all ages. Also, the evergreen design suits most of the body types, even full-busted or voluptuous, as well as petite women. And while you carry this timeless trend with your festive saree or lehenga, ensure your shoulders are not hunched or droopy. Stand tall and confident for a better impact!

4. Gujarati blouse – with strings

Navy Blue Net Designer Embroidered Lehenga Choli with Layered Bell Sleeves

Extremely sensuous yet graceful, the string-held blouse goes perfectly well with not just sarees and lehengas but also with fusion-wear like Bohemian skirts and dhoti pants. Actress Deepika Padukone’s backless cholis sported in the movie Ram Leela struck a chord with Indians worldwide. Currently, the trendiest detail for the Garba nights of Navratri, these blouses have almost no fabric at the back and a few strings that only add to their sensuous appeal. Such blouses are usually padded, taking care of your lingerie requirements. 

The Gujarati style backless blouse is for the bold- the daring ones. But well, going for a back polishing session before attempting this bare-it-all style is a protocol!

5. Back Window Style

Peach Net Sequins Worked Lehenga with Designer Blouse

A fashion-forward classic, blouses with back windows offer the comfort of snug and stylish necklines that don’t fall off, along with a bare-back feel. You can experiment with cut-out shapes from a simple square to quirky bird outlines! The cut-out trend has kept up well even with the wedding segment- these blouses are a trending pair for zardozi embellished bridal lehengas and even brocade woven traditional Banarasi silk bridal sarees!

6. The Cross-back

Grey Net Sequins Worked Lehenga with Designer Blouse

As the name suggests, this back-style has strings in crossed fashion- like an X, which holds the blouse in place, thus rendering a great fit. The cross-back looks charming and sensuous, especially on designer blouses worn with plain flowing sarees. There may be a single cross of strings, or multiple ones, giving a very raw, mesmerizing look.

7. The Halter-neck

Sky Blue Linen Silk Floral Printed Saree with Woven Border

The ultra-glam halter back-style is perfect for women who want to flaunt their shoulders and a hint of their collar bones along with their lovely backs. Snug at the neck, usually with a polo neck, it leaves the shoulder area and upper back bare, giving a youthful and chic appeal.

You can take cues from Kriti Sanon’s sequinned halter-neck blouse style for a contemporary wedding reception look.

We’ve thus compiled some of our favorite backless blouse styles. Which ones would you pick?