Once seen as the epitome of bad taste, sheer fabrics and risqué dresses have become a key element 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? Because, while it is undoubtedly vital we all adhere to the ever-changing lockdown rules right now (and therefore, naturally, reach for the loungewear most days), the post-isolation-party – pencilled in for June 21st – is going to be one pretty huge celebration, and we need an appropriately #extra look to suit the occasion.
Celebrities and influencers are all bringing back this staple 90s trend during isolation
For the majority 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 look with a slightly lower hemline gives enough of a glimpse to make you feel sexy without the risk of feeling over-exposed.
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 how 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.