Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

Sultry Summer Date Night Outfit: Backless Maxi Dress

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If you want to leave your date speechless, this backless maxi dress from Tobi is definitely the way to go. A good summer date night outfit can be tricky and there is a fine line between showing just the right amount of skin and showing too much skin. Plus during the summer clothes are inherently more casual, so it can be hard to find the right outfit that looks dressy but still chic. That’s why I love maxi dresses for summer date nights, as I see them as a more vamped up version of a shorter summer dress. This Tobi dress strikes just the right balance with the low back but covered up front, making it effortlessly sexy and sultry. You really can’t go wrong with this dress as it is universally flattering and super comfortable. I like that the dress is not super long and unmanageable. I’m 5’2 and sometimes even with heels maxi dresses are too long, but this one is just the right length with heels.

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To play off of the backless silhouette, I decided on an unconventional accessory: temporary tattoos. I have to admit that I have not worn tattoos since high school when it was all the rage, but I had some from a festival-themed PR package I received so I figured this was the perfect chance to pull them out. I went with a long silver leaf tattoo along the small of back, as well as a gold bird tattoo on the right of my back. I also added a star tattoo on my upper left collarbone. My other big accessory is this cool black and white clutch from Wren & Roch. The story behind Wren & Roch really resonated with me as the brand was created with the mission to empower women who have been subjected to rape, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. A portion of the proceeds for every handbag sold goes back to raising awareness and preventing abuse, and the brand encourages women to be confident, bold, and carry your courage. In fact this handbag is named “Street Smart – Will Power,” and it really does make me feel powerful when carrying it. You can get 15% off any purchase on Wren & Roch with the code XO_MARY! I thought it was appropriate to pair this handbag with an equally defiant and powerful dress.

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This dress really does make me feel empowered, so much so that I’m actually not even wearing a bra. It felt liberating and exciting to go out without a bra and confidently wear this open back dress. I actually took the subway in this dress and got a lot of stares, and I felt oddly satisfied that people were staring. I thought, LET THEM STARE, have they never seen a girl in a nice dress take the subway before?! I love the boldness of this dress and the ability to stop people in their tracks. It makes me feel like a million bucks.

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Shop the Look:

Dress: Tobi
Clutch: Wren & Roch (15% off with code XO_MARY)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Mimilore

Thanks for reading,

*This post is in collaboration with Tobi and Wren & Roch. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own.


27 comments so far.

27 responses to “Sultry Summer Date Night Outfit: Backless Maxi Dress”

  1. Marissa says:

    I love this dress, the backless look is definitely very sexy, yet leaves something to the imagination! And Tobi is amazing, they have such cute styles right now!


  2. Rena says:

    This maxi dress is extremely cute!
    xx Rena

  3. Liv says:

    Love the bright color. Perfect for summer!


  4. Andi says:

    The glamour is realllll! And those sparkly little back tats! yessss!


  5. Samantha says:

    That dress looks fab on you! Red is your color <3


  6. Your dress is so pretty, I love the print and back details

  7. Larissa says:

    This dress is beautiful! I love how simple, yet elegant it is. This would definitely be a great way to dress up for a summer date 🙂

  8. Lynn Woods says:

    This is a perfect summer dress for date night. I really love the purse and how it has a place for your fingers. So cool! I haven’t seen these before.

  9. Madeline says:

    I love this backless dress! Perfect for the summer heat!


  10. Liz says:

    I’m so obsessed with this dress! I loveeee that it’s backless and absolutely love how you styled this!

  11. I am sure your date could not take their eyes off of you! You look so stunning! Love the details in the back and the color of red is so stunning on you!
    xo Debbie |

  12. This is a stunning maxi! I love, love the color and low back! Beautiful on you!

  13. Talisa says:

    The print is gorgeous on you, Mary!
    Maxi dresses are pretty much my summer wardrobe.

  14. Anna says:

    Totally obsessed with this dress, Mary!! Love it Xo ~Anna

  15. Jackie says:

    This is gorgeous and what an amazing date night dress. I love the pattern and the temp tattoos are so cool. I haven’t played with any in a while myself. Go you for getting those stares and feeling empowered in it.

  16. Melissa says:

    This dress is gorgeous! I live the back detail it is sexy but I would still feel comfortable walking around in it!

  17. Jana says:

    oh my gosh! How gorgeous is this dress!?! You look flawless and I love your metallic tatoos, so fun! xo Jana |

  18. Logan says:

    This dress is beautiful and you look gorgeous in it!

  19. Abby says:

    What a gorgeous dress. I love the back detail!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

  20. nat says:

    wow this is such a cute dress

  21. This dress is so stunning! I’m obsessed with the print <3

    X Merel

  22. That dress is gorgeous on you babe! It also makes you look super long and tall! xoxo

  23. Lauren says:

    Definitely one of my favourite looks on you! Loving this colour!


  24. Amanda says:

    You look gorgeous in this dress! I love the back of it!

    Amanda ||

  25. Jessica says:

    This dress is everything. Love the floral print and the back!

    Jessica |

  26. 204 Park says:

    Ah this dress is STUNNING! So perfect for summer 🙂

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