How to Wear Criss Cross Dress: 15 Best Outfit Ideas

best criss cross outfit ideas

The criss cross dress is a very sexy type of dress that comes in a wide variety of forms. Sometimes, the criss cross is at the front of the dress, making it an open chess dress. Other times, it appear at the back of the dress, making it a backless dress. Occasionally it appears at the waist, making the dress looks like a two-piece dress. Regardless of where the criss cross appears exactly, the result is often a feminine and sexy look. Sounds like a lot of fun? Let’s dive right into some of the best criss cross dress outfit ideas right now.

Black Criss Cross Halter High Split Maxi Dress


It is not a surprise that the color of black is the most popular color when it comes to the criss cross dress. Here is a very typical and timeless design. It is a black criss cross neck high split maxi dress. It requires you to show some skin just below the chest area. The high split cutting also allows you to show off your legs. To add a touch of elegance and to make your legs look longer, a pair of silver open toe heels would be the perfect choice for the shoes.

Navy and White Striped Criss Cross Back Midi Dress

navy and white striped criss cross back midi dress

As mentioned, the criss cross could appear at the back of a dress too. As an example, this is a really adorable navy and white striped, criss cross back midi flare dress. The dress is paired with cream heels to achieve this minimal and lovely semi-formal party outfit. You can wear this dress for dating too, just be careful that something this sexy shouldn’t be wore for a first date.

Burgundy Velvet Criss Cross Front Body Sheath Dress

burgundy velvet criss cross front body sheath dress

Here is a burgundy deep v neck dress that has the criss cross design right at the v neck area. For those of you who don’t mind showing some skin, but don’t want to show it in a high profile way, the straps may just help you achieve what you want. To complete the outfit elegantly, simply wear nude open toe heels.

Criss Cross Fit and Flare Chiffon Mini Dress

criss crosis fit and flare chiffon mini dress

For an absolutely cheerful and breezy look, you have got to consider wearing this pale pink criss cross front, fit and flare chiffon dress. Very interestingly, to make the breezy feel even stronger, the dress is paired with boho style brown heeled sandals.

Red Criss Cross Front Bodycon Dress

red criss cross front bodycon dress

Compared to the really sexy deep v neck dress I have shown earlier, this one has a smaller opening below the collar. I would argue that this bodycon dress is even better looking than the super sexy deep v neck dresses. The cutting and amount of skin shown just feels right. You can simply pair the dress with gold open toe shoes to make the outfit more eye cathcing.

Two-Piece Dress with White Halter Top & White Floral Mini Skirt

two piece dress white halter top white floral mini skirt

This is a very creative design that uses a criss cross design at the waist area to connect a halter top and a floral mini skirt and make it a two-piece dress.

Criss Cross Halter Maxi Dress with High Slit

criss cross halter maxi dress with high slit

“Criss cross” and “high slit” do work together wonderfully. As an example, here is a gorgeous and stylish black maxi dress that has both the criss cross neck feature and the high slit feature. You can simply wear it with black open toe heels to complete the outfit elegantly.

Grey Criss Cross Shift Dress

grey criss cross shift dress

Grey is a underrated color when it comes to jeans and dresses. People love black, white and red as they are clear and loud. But grey has its own little world that represents a more laid back kind of attitude. To style a grey criss cross front shift dress like this, you can pair it grey suede short boots to complete this cozy and approachable look.

Black Breezy Floral Dress

black breezy floral dress

To me, it is always interesting to see whether some cute element can be integrated into a dress with sexy cutting. As an example, here is a black breezy floral dress with a criss cross open chest cutting. The result is surprisingly amazing. To style this breezy and beautiful chiffon black dress, you can simply wear it with black open toe heels. Alternatively, wear nude heeled sandals to add a touch of boho style to be consistent with the breezy feel.

Black Criss Cross Back Skater Dress

black criss cross back skater dress

As mentioned earlier, the position that the criss cross appears in a dress can often be very creative. This black skater dress actually has the criss cross design at the back near the waist area. So, instead of being an backless dress, it is more like wearing a crop top with a a skirt when it is viewed from the back. This outfit is a low key sexy street outfit that can be wear casually with a pair of canvas shoes. For more outfit ideas of similar shoes, please check out our blog post on how to style canvas shoes.

Navy Floral Backless Mini Dress

navy floral backless mini dress

If you have a beautiful back and, even better, have beautiful skin, wearing this navy floral criss cross backless mini dress is a chance for you to stand out from the rest. The thing I really love about this dress is the beautiful pattern that makes it so unique among all the solid-colored dresses in a cocktail party. I would recommend you to pair the dress with brown boho style heeled sandals to complete the outfit with style.

Two Piece Dress with Cream Crop Top & Pencil Skirt

two piece dress cream crop top pencil skirt

The cream bodycon midi dress is a two piece dress that uses the criss cross design at the waist to connect the top part and the bottom part. You can be more creative with colors by wearing gold open toe heels.

Purple Long Sleeve Shift Dress with Thigh High Boots

purple long sleeve shift dress thigh high boots

Among this list, this is a really casual purple shift dress that is perfect to be wore as a street outfit. For a chic and casual look, pair the dress with grey thigh high suede boots.

Silver and White Sequin and Chiffon Dress

silver and white sequin and chiffon dress

This is a sexy open chest mini dress that consists of two part. It is a combination of a silver sequin top and a white chiffon pleated mini skirt. Wear silver heels to complete this gorgeous and youthful outfit.

Grey Bodycon Midi Sweater Dress

grey bodycon midi sweater dress

Here is a minimal look that involves a grey knit sweater dress. The dress has a form fitting and a criss cross open chest cutting. You can simply wear nude heeled sandals to complete this feminine and sexy outfit.

I hope that you enjoy the criss cross dress outfit ideas that I have shared with you. Before you leave, make sure you also check out our thousands of other outfit ideas you can find in this website.