The Naked Dress Quandary

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Less is certainly more when it comes to satisfying the naked trend. For the last few seasons, barely there dresses were featured in everything from see-through styles to strategic cutouts that leave little to the imagination, and they’ve dominated every event from casual nights out to runways and red carpets. Some say it’s time that we retire this look that essentially defines pushing the fashion envelope, but these dresses don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

In fact, if you take a look at some of the latest dresses showcased on Lyst, you can see that top designers like ASOS and French Connection are still creating new naked dresses, putting their spin on see-through fabrics like lace and sheer, as well as blurring the line between lingerie and outerwear with the slip dress—a piece that’s quickly becoming a widely acceptable for casual and formal occasions.

But it’s not just the regular folk that are still sporting these bold looks. Celebrities continue to wear different versions of the barley there dress as their go-to attire.

Model Bella Hadid recently wore a version of the naked dress at the Cannes Film Festival, but instead of see-through fabrics or cutouts, her bright-red naked dress had a slit that went past her hip, seemingly held up only by some delicate spaghetti straps. However, in an article from Yahoo, Hadid’s stylist claimed the dress had “a built-in silk bodysuit” making sure that the model wouldn’t expose more than she wanted.

Now, there’s no denying Hadid rocked the look, but her stylist also pointed out a key issue with the dress—overexposure. And just how much trust should you put into your clothes’ prep to keep you covered, anyway? The scandalous, risky nature of the design is what clearly draws the attention of your audience. But things can take a turn for the worse pretty quickly with the slightest wrong move.

Take the recent wardrobe malfunction from Paris Hilton for example. An E! Online report stated that when the socialite stepped out in a heavily bedazzled dress, covered in cutouts and sheer, she got a little more attention than she bargained for when her pasties were poorly hidden behind the dress’ jewels.

Perhaps it’s better that the paparazzi caught her pasties instead of the alternative, but it still probably wasn’t the sexy look Hilton was going for. And the gossip columns definitely didn’t let her off the hook.

It seems you have to weigh your options when it comes to this style. Is it worth baring it all and risking over-exposure? Or do you ensure there’s no chance for over-exposure by uncomfortably taping, tucking, and gluing yourself into the dress for the night, only to risk ridicule if those measures betray you?

It’s high risk, and potentially high reward, but is it worth it?


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