A Fresh Batch of Sheer Dresses Is Currently Ruling the Red Carpet — and the Runway

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With the Venice Film Festival, Met Gala, MTV VMAs, and the Emmy Awards securing dates in September 2021, we witnessed an onslaught of stunning celebrity red carpet moments throughout the past month. One trend which instantly grabbed our attention was the skin-baring, risqué sheer trend. Kendall Jenner, Zoë Kravitz, Megan Fox, Dakota Johnson, Olivia Rodrigo, Issa Rae, and Imaan Hammam, among others, made jaw-dropping red-carpet appearances in bold, see-through ensembles. Johnson and Jenner chose heavily embellished sheer nude gowns, while Kravitz and Rae stunned in crystal mesh dresses. The daring trend, however, is hardly limited to the red carpet. The Fall/Winter 2021 runways are proof that – albeit counterintuitive – delicate sheers are a popular fabric choice for the colder months. 

 

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For Fall/Winter 2021, luxury giants like Dior, Chanel, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, and Gucci, among others, picked floaty sheers to bring their creative imaginations to life. There was an abundance of see-through tulle overskirts, translucent lace inlays, and gauzy gowns on the Fall/Winter 2021 runways.  

The sheer trend is hardly something fashion hasn’t seen before. That being said, we can’t help but link the sudden popularity of the sheer trend to the massively popular ‘underwear as outerwear’ trend that has maintained a top spot on the trend charts since Fall/Winter 2019. Is the new sheer trend an extension of it? After witnessing several versions of the trend – bralettes and blazers, color-blocked bustier dresses, corsets – we can’t help but think, yes.  

Can’t get enough of the sheer trend? Discover all the sensational sheer celebrity red-carpet outfits below.

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