The Rear View

I bet Kate Middleton never imagined when she married Prince William that she would be upstaged by her sister’s rear view. Probably Pippa was not aware of it either before her bottom became a media obsession.

Pippa may not want to capitalise on her rear view but Kylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez do and Marilyn Monroe did.

A pert or shapely bottom is not an essential requirement for reading this article. There’s more to your rear view than your bottom.

Most of us concentrate on the impression that our front view gives while forgetting that people see us from all angles. Your back is as important as your front. Who knows! Your rear may become your new best feature.

Here are my tips from observation, experience and image knowledge to help you appreciate and celebrate your rear view.

The Element of Surprise

Let’s start with the positive. Adding surprising touches to your rear view pleases yourself, adds variety to your wardrobe and brings you interesting compliments.

Start with your hairstyle. If you love your front style, why not ask your hairdresser if there is something a little different he or she can do to the back of your hair to be modern, stylish or funky.

Start searching for back necklines that are different to the front. It can be but does not have to be a cut-out or a low back. It can be something as simple as a high front and a V back. Crossover jackets like my Intimo top (shown) can be worn back-to-front to give a high front and a crossover V back. Add an accessory that hangs down your back.

An interesting exercise is to take some of your tops and put them on backwards. You may be surprised at how different and good they look. Forget the criticism! Play!

Anything in a princess line will give you a shapely rear. Look for blouses that have a simple fitted front with a different back style. Fishtails, pleats and gathers on skirts or dresses add an element of surprise to your rear view.

Don’t forget your shoes. I have wedges that from the rear view look like stiletto heels. Interesting heels add an element of ‘ooh’ to an otherwise classic outfit.


A client reminded me that shoes, especially high heels, can get scuffed when driving. Someone will notice it; so have different driving shoes or use texta or white board markers to cover scuffs or damaged heels.

Always check for falling hems or loose threads. Repair them as soon as possible. Check zips, buttons and hooks. Split seams can show when you stretch or bend. Inspect clothes and accessories regularly.

You are too old to put up with annoying things on clothes. You have my permission to unpick or cut off those ties anywhere across your back. Find a nice belt, alter it or just leave it plain.

Embarrassing Faux Pas

We have all seen them and I probably notice more of them. Unless she is a close friend, we are often too embarrassed to tell them.

This is what the dressing room and your bedroom mirror is for – to check all the angles as well as when you stretch, bend and sit. That too tight skirt three-quarters zipped up will show if your top is stretchy and moves as you stand up. Your undies or thong will show when you sit on a chair in front of me and your pants gape and your top does not cover it while sitting. The young often don’t care about revealing their bra straps. We do. Check the rear straps as well as the front straps.

Many women forget to check how that style or pattern makes them look from the rear. Does it make you look better? Does it draw unwanted attention to the wrong area? Or does it make some part of you look bigger than you are?

Last Words

If your rear view has been neglected or just overlooked, now is the time for a re-assessment. Minimise the problems and add the element of surprise and you will want to wear more of your wardrobe more of the time.

(Article sent to subscribers of The Fashion Translator eZine’ on 1 November  2012. Click here to sign up for The Fashion Translator eZine.)


4 thoughts on “The Rear View

  1. Speaking of Behinds, my challenge is to find Jeans that do not reveal my underwear or worse when I bend over or sit. I’m not THAT adventuresome! For tallish women, finding tops long enough to cover the Faux Pas is about as impossible as finding Jeans that don’t gap or are too low cut.

    I love your comment on cutting strings (or bows) that tie in the back. Get rid of them! Especially if you are older than 7. This is not Jane Austin’s era.

    • Hi Mary – Being only 5 foot tall, I always assumed that most tops were designed for tall women as I always have to cut them shorter. I stand corrected. I will investigate thsi for you and find some brands that make longer tops and oput it in an article in the new year.

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