So perhaps it’s no wonder that style-conscious women are now wearing flimsy strips of fabric tied with string as backless tops.
The silhouette, christened the ‘napkin’ by fashion website Who What Wear, is reminiscent of the ’90s scarf tops which were square silk scarves folded into triangles and knotted around the bust.
But the modern reinvention is even riskier, held in place only by razor-thin straps looped around the neck and back.
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Chicago fashion influencer Dana Nozime wears a ‘napkin’ top from Australian label All Things Golden in an Instagram photo on March 11
Not much there: French fashion blogger Marta Cygan wears a black ‘napkin’ top which exposes her back and sides
Not for the faint of heart, the skimpy cut exposes every inch of the back and a generous glimpse of the chest – ruling it out for conservative dressers.
Still, all the ‘cool’ labels are selling them, with daring designs available from I Am Gia, Trois and current ‘It’ brand, Cult Gaia in various flesh-flashing materials.
And all the ‘cool’ girls are snapping them up, including Melbourne model Shanina Shaik who paired a blush pink ‘napkin’ from Australian designer Natalie Rolt with white linen pants for a dinner in St Tropez on July 25.
That appears to be the sartorially accepted way of styling the trend, tempering its overt sexiness with tailored trousers or loose-fitting jeans.
Melbourne model Shanina Shaik wears a blush pink ‘napkin’ top from Australian designer Natalie Rolt with white Jacquemus trousers in St Tropez on July 25
Thai model Lena Helena Busch (left and right) wears a halterneck ‘napkin’ from Australian label I Am Gia
Dare to bare? French blogger Marta Cygan in another ‘napkin’ style silk top
‘Napkin’ tops don’t need to break the bank either, with styles on offer for every budget.
Australian shoppers have a range to choose from on I Am Gia’s website, where prices start from $30 with next-day delivery available to select regions.
Trendy US labels Reformation and Are You Am I stock styles starting from $120, while celebrity favourite Cult Gaia has intricate silk pieces for $240.
And for those still debating if they are daring enough to bare all in the ‘napkin’ design, Topshop has a simple tie-back halterneck for just $12 – perfect for testing the water without making an investment.