The Naked-Dress Trend Is Now So Naked That It’s Barely There at All


The naked-dress trend is back, people, and it’s more naked than ever. Whilst this look doesn’t ever seem to fade away, it’s definitely packing quite the punch for 2023. We’ve seen various iterations of the trend over the years, but right now, it seems to fit in one of two different camps: a skin-colour, body-con dress; or a barely-there dress that’s transparent, sheer or has a strategically placed piece of material (or even a combination of all three). 

naked dress trend: cher wearing bob mackie


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Cher wearing a dress by designer Bob Mackie at the Met Gala in 1974

The naked dress has a long history, of course. Those who are big Cher fans (and who isn’t?) will recall the star’s dedication to creations by designer Bob Mackie, who regularly designed risqué items for the singer. Before that, however, there was Marilyn Monroe’s infamous sheer dress she wore in 1962 to sing happy birthday to President John F. Kennedy. Of course, this dress was recently (and somewhat infamously) worn by Kim Kardashian to the Met Gala last year. 

naked dress trend: Marilyn Monroe singing happy birthday to President John F. Kennedy wearing a sheer dress


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Marilyn Monroe singing happy birthday to President John F. Kennedy wearing a sheer dress

The coolest takes on it—and perhaps my personal favourites—include Jane Birkin in 1969 and Kate Moss in 1993 both wearing sheer dresses with black knickers. It’s the more understated way of doing the nude-dress trend. 

But in recent years, this trend has gone full glamour. Rihanna’s 2014 CFDA look and Beyoncé’s Met Gala 2015 dress by Givenchy made headlines for being pretty naked. In 2019, Kim Kardashian’s wet-look Mugler creation definitely ticked off the naked-dress trend box thanks to its body-con aesthetic and colour. 

naked dress trend: Jane Birkin's naked dress she wore to the premire of Slogan,1969


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Jane Birkin’s naked dress she wore to the premiere of Slogan in 1969 

Over the past couple of months, I’ve spotted loads of naked dresses on the red carpet, which proves that this trend is officially back. First Megan Fox wore a Mugler frock (another wet-look gown from the designer) to the VMAs. Then at the Met Gala, we were treated to a variety of barely-there dresses at the Met Gala—Olivia Wilde wore a showstopper dress, However, the ones leading the pack on the naked-dress trend here were Kendall Jenner’s pretty diamanté Givenchy gown and Zoe Kravitz’s mesh Saint Laurent dress. 

naked dress trend: Kate Moss wearing a sheer dress at the Look of the Year Contest in 1993


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Kate Moss wearing a sheer dress at the Look of the Year Contest in 1993

Normally, I’d give you some tips on how to do the trend IRL, but this is quite the tricky look to pull off down your local. Instead, if this is something you’re drawn to, perhaps it’s worth taking inspiration from the current looks and toning it down so you won’t look so conspicuous when drinking a glass of rosé. Keep scrolling to see the current naked-dress looks and then shop my edit of naked dresses.

The Naked-Dress Trend Today

naked dress trend: Olivia Wilde wearing a sheer silver dress with pink feather trim.


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Style Notes: For the Academy Museum Gala, Olivia Wilde wore a show-stopping sheer crystal dress with a contrasting pink feather hem. The long sleeves and shoulder pads balance out this risqué look. 

naked dress trend: Emily Ratajkowski wearing a sheer dress and underwear set to W magazine's 50th-anniversary party


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Style Notes: Emily Ratajkowski stepped out at W magazine’s 50th-anniversary celebration in a sequin-adorned fishnet dress. The sheer ensemble was accompanied by a satin underwear set to add some coverage. 

naked dress trend: Bella Hadid wears a plunging v-neck dress by Michael Kors.


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Style Notes: Though Bella’s look isn’t sheer, it still falls in our favourites list with the deep plunging neckline that almost reaches her navel. 

naked dress trend: zoe kravtiz wearing saint laurent at met gala 2021


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Style Notes: One of the coolest looks from the Met Gala 2021, Zoe Kravitz’s Saint Laurent mesh frock is barely there, but she still manages to look super sophisticated. 

naked dress trend: kendall jenner at the met gala 2021 in givenchy


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Style Notes: While Kendall Jenner’s frock is definitely in the naked category, it’s actually based off Audrey Hepburn’s look in My Fair Lady

naked dress trend: megan fox at the VMAs wearing mugler


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Style Notes: This is perhaps the ultimate naked dress, to be honest. Sheer, skin coloured, and leaves very little to the imagination, Megan Fox knows how to embrace this trend to the max. 

naked dress trend: zendaya on the venice film festival red carpet for dune in balmain


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Style Notes: A more subtle take on the trend, this is still very much a naked dress. The skin-tone frock from Balmain has been created in leather, giving it a wet look for Zendaya’s red carpet moment.

naked dress trend: rihanna at the CFDA awards in 2014


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Style Notes: Don’t forget about Rihanna’s CFDA moment in 2014.

naked dress trend: beyonce at the 2015 met gala in givenchy


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Style Notes: Beyoncé’s take on the naked-dress trend meant going for a sheer gown with strategically placed flowers on her Givenchy gown. 

naked dress trend: kim kardashian at the 2019 met gala in mugler


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Before Kim Kardashian wore Marilyn Monroe’s sheer dress, she turned heads in this creation by Mugler. 

naked dress trend: Sienna Miller



Earlier this summer, one of our favourite style crushes Sienna Miller stepped out in a stunning Fendi Couture S/S 23 gown, proving that the trend can be just as pretty as it is sexy.

naked dress trend: Rihanna


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Rihanna wears a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier see-through dress from the S/S 01 collection.

Alexa dazzled outside Buckingham Palace in a barely-there sequinned dress. 

Influencer royalty Camille wears a sheer lace to the latter part of her wedding. 

Lizzo combines sheer fabric with beautiful crystals to create a naked dress worthy of any party setting. 

Alyssa takes a Gucci mini dress and pairs it with opaque tights and knee boots for a cool new spin. 

Sheer panelling will help you achieve the naked dress aesthetic, only with slightly more coverage. 

Hailey Bieber showcases a sparkly 16Arlington naked dress for the launch of her skincare label, Rhode. 

This vintage printed Jean Paul Gaultier maxi is a different stance on the naked-dress trend. 

Naked dresses arguably look their chicest with high necklines and long hemlines. 

SimonMiller Mango Metallic Mesh Dress

Part of the Simon Miller collaboration, this beautiful maxi deserves to be high on your list for summer. 

Mirrored Disc Side Split Maxi Dress

This screams premium to me. 

H&M Sequined Mesh Dress

The iridescent sequins lift this to top tier.

Zara Long Mesh Dress

The shimmery finish on the cut-out fabric makes this extra special. 

Arket Lace Tank Dress

The lace detail really elevates this high-street hero. Bookmark this for your next holiday. 

Sunday in Brooklyn Shine Mesh Midi Dress

Don’t fancy a sheer style? Try one with a slip dress. 

Raey Sheer Layering Silk Slip Dress

We are obsessed. Go as sheer as you want with just underwear, or a slip dress for a more opaque style. 

Urban Outfitters UO Rere Sheer Diamante Midi Dress

The chainmail-style construction works well for layering up over jeans or a body con slip dress.

Missoni Zigzag-Print Sheer-Jersey Dress

Hankering after some colour in your life? This semi-sheer dress can be styled for so many occasions. 

River Island Gold Knitted Sequin Jumper Midi Dress

If you’re a fan of a relaxed, boxy fit, this is should be on your radar. 

Self Portrait Crystal-Embellished Corded Guipure Lace Midi Dress

The crystal bow is a nice touch. 

H&M Rhinestone-Embellished Net Dress

I’m taking this entire look on holiday with me this year.

Only Hearts Lisa Mesh Slip

Something a little more demure, if that’s your style.

Ganni Embellished Mesh Dress

Trust Ganni to nail the trend.

H&M Crochet-Look Dress

I love this darker style for an impactful evening look.

Archive at Uo Sheer Shimmer Plisse Tank Maxi Dress

Festival dressing made easy.

Self-Portrait Crystal-Embellished Gradient-Mesh Maxi Dress

Now this is a showstopper! 

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