The Label That's Making the Naked Dress Wearable IRL
After a few jaw-dropping red carpet appearances from Rihanna and Beyoncé, who pioneered the trend, it's now no big deal at all to see a nearly naked, totally see-through dress on the red carpet. It may just be the new normal — for celebrities. In real life, I have yet to attend a friend's wedding or turn up at a cocktail party to find one of the other guests flaunting her body in a barely there gown.
Even as a fashion editor, I'll admit the look struck me as way too risqué — something reserved for supermodels and flawless celebrities who are used to being in the spotlight. The thought of attracting that much attention made me nervous, until I discovered the new contemporary label Self-Portrait. The label, which launched in September 2013, makes insanely gorgeous designs that are one part girl-next-door, one part sexy trendsetter, by crafting dresses with sheer panels, floral and eyelet detail, and mostly modest below-the-knee hemlines. The result is a lineup of special-occasion and cocktail dresses that make baring a little more a lot less scary. Scroll to see how a few noncelebs are channeling the look, then shop the collection for yourself.