‘Naked’ dresses are experiencing a style resurgence as fashionistas look for bold ensembles to celebrate their liberation after months of Covid restrictions.
Celebrities such as Megan Fox, Kendall Jenner and Zoe Kravitz have rocked fully sheer dresses on red carpets in recent weeks, including the VMAs and the chic Met Gala.
The dresses come in different fabrics, but have one thing in common: they reveal the wearer’s body and underwear, which in itself is often very skinny.
The high street took notice and sheer dresses are available at brands like Zara, Missguided and Rare London for shoppers who want to recreate the celeb-inspired look.
Speaking to FEMAIL, stylist Rochelle White explained that the rise in popularity is due to style masters embracing their post-lockdown freedom by showing off a little more flesh after 18 months in loungewear.
Dare to endure: Celebrities are embracing the nude dress trend this year more than ever, with Megan Fox, 35, who is leading the way at the VMAs, pictured. Stylist Rochelle White said stars are embracing freedom and regaining power over their bodies after lockdown
Leaving little to the imagination: Kendall Jenner, who has worn similar dresses in the past, went all in with this sheer bedazzled dress at the Met Gala this year, pictured
On the steps of this year’s Met Gala, Zoe Kravitz wore a nude dress with large fishnets, adding a grunge edge to the look,
Issa Rae chose a more subdued variation of the dress with very small fishnets revealing a little bit of her underwear at the Emmys, pictured
Copy the look: The high street has taken notice and sheer dresses are available at Boohoo (left) and Zara (right) for shoppers looking to recreate the celeb-inspired look
“The naked dress is making a comeback because of the celebration and the idea of freedom and the end of the lockdown,” she said.
“Since there were hardly any awards or red carpets in 2020, many celebrities want to embrace their newfound freedom and express themselves in this way in 2021.
“It’s a way of showing off personalities and bodies, because I feel like a lot of people and celebrities were locked in comfortable clothes and loungewear.
“This is a way to bring back the love for their bodies in general.”
The nude dress has been a showstopper on the red carpet since the 90s, when Kate Moss and Rose McGowan turned heads with their daring ensembles.
More recently, Rihanna caused a stir at the 2014 CFDA awards with an Adam Selman silver nude dress, and Kendall Jenner sported a black see-through number at the Met Gala in 2017.
The original: In 1993, a 19-year-old Kate Moss wore her own naked dress with black underwear, cigarettes and beer in hand. The look is experiencing a revival
But in 2021, the nude dress has entered the mainstream. At the VMAs, Megan Fox, 35, turned heads in her version of the look, wearing only a tiny thong underneath.
Meanwhile, Hailey Bieber took the stage at the event in a white dress with a turtleneck sweater, with her white underwear proudly translucent.
At the Met Gala, the still’s fashion event, Kendall Jenner, who is a naked dress convert, stunned in an intoxicating fishnet dress that revealed a flesh-colored thong.
Zoe Kravitz chose a similar dress in silver, but while Jenner’s number was at the waist, hers was looser.
Zoe’s dress was sharper, as the fishnets of her dress were loose, leaving very little to the imagination, safe from a small thong.
Charli XCX went for a short, black version of the dress with dark lace lingerie on the carpet at the VMAs on September 12
Singer Ciara wore an elegant lace sheer dress and her underwear plucked through it at the VMAs, pictured
At the VMAs, model Hailey Bieber wore a sheer high-neck dress that revealed matching white underwear underneath
Meanwhile, actress Issae Rae wore a more subdued version of the dress at the Emmys.
Rochelle noted that many celebrities have been wearing revealing clothes in recent months as life returns to normal.
“I feel like it’s all about embracing the skin you’re in and owning your style,” she said.
‘You can see this kind of fashion as empowering women. I feel that this fashion has put the power in the hands of the person wearing it more than the observer.
“It shows them embracing their bodies and celebrating being able to show it off on a red carpet.”
High street versions: a sheer dress from Missguidded (left) and Rare London at Asos
The trend has also moved to the high street.
Last week, PrettyLittleThing launched a new bra-less category to support the Naked Dressing trend seen at the Met Gala, saying demand for bras is down 55 percent after lockdown.
Searches for braless fashion ideas are currently up a whopping 1,375 percent on the fast fashion site as people combine comfort and sassy style after sitting indoors for a year.
It follows a trend of ‘Horny Girl Autumn’ where female celebrities embrace their sexuality in sassy outfits while packing on the PDA.