Once seen as the epitome of bad taste, sheer fabrics and risqué dresses have, in recent years, become a key component of some of the world’s chicest wardrobes. Yes, really.
When done right, ‘nearly-naked’ looks strike that hard-to-reach sweet spot between being sartorially sensual and super chic without even a hint of awkwardness or discomfort for either the wearer or the observer.
But how to jump on the sheer dress trend without missing the mark?
As is often the case, we can look towards Lizzo for inspiration. The singer attended Cardi-B‘s dancehall-themed birthday party wearing an iridescent, floor-length dress, paired with nipple pasties and a thong. Oh and it was entirely see-through – we love.
Many of our favourite A-listers also worked the sheer dress trend at the 2021 Met Gala in New York City. Form Kendall Jenner to Irina Shayk, sheer dresses were definitely en vogue on the iconic red carpet, with Kendall channeling Audrey Hepburn in a breathtaking crystal Givenchy gown while Irina wore a sheer Moschino dress, cementing a strong comeback for the trend. In fact, we’re so sold that we’re looking for any excuse to throw one on ourselves… not that we have any Met Gala level events in our social calendar. Sigh
For many of us, see-through dresses tend to be more tempting when they’re a little longer (unless you’re Cara Delevingne and/or you’re hoping to turn every head in the room, in which case anything goes).
While a sheer ultra-mini has the potential to leave almost too little to the imagination, a slightly longer hemline gives enough of a glimpse to make you feel sexy without the risk of feeling over-exposed. Violet Romance on ASOS have got this nailed.
And don’t think for a minute that the concept of a sheer dress should’ve been left behind in your teens, as the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Ashley Graham and even the Duchess of Cambridge have proven, they can be flattering, sophisticated and hugely sexy whatever the occasion.
Of course, the red carpet has played host to a huge number of sheer dress inspo over the years, thanks in large part to the sartorially savvy likes of Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Zendaya and Chrissy Teigen, while the likes of Naomi Campbell and Gigi Hadid have taken to many a Fashion Week runway to prove the power of sheer fabrics.
Unexpectedly, Elsa Hosk also proved her influence recently wearing a sheer mini on her sofa at home during lockdown. If you’re looking for a WFH wardrobe upgrade, consider this a sign.
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