Hot red-carpet trend: Legs 11

20 January 2010

Typically, we don’t condone exhibiting the upper leg region unless you’re in a swimming pool, own a killer set of pins, à la Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, or you're forced into a sparkling leotard as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, but today we’d like to pay homage to Jennifer Aniston’s spotlight-stealing moment at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards because, well, WOWSER!

While wishing Mo’Nique had kept her au natural charms well hidden, we were bowled over by Jen’s Valentino Pre-Fall dress, which featured a daring slit to reveal one very toned, tanned and suitably waxed thigh. The actress, who’s notorious for playing it safe in the sartorial stakes, seemed undaunted by the thigh-high split that’s as racy as a miniskirt yet still red-carpet appropriate. Et voilà!: POW, take that Brangelina!

Christina Aguilera and Heather Graham also opted to get their legs out for Sunday night’s event, but both kept the eye-popping to a minimum thanks to their lower-level slashes revealing a demure kneecap. So how high is too high if you want to avoid a nasty wardrobe malfunction and keep it classy?

Well, if you’re averse to astounding your mates with a slashed-to-there number (Liz Hurley’s leopard-print-underwear flashing shocker, anyone?) do like Marion Cotillard and be seductive while maintaining your modesty with a ladylike neckline and a peek-a-boo underskirt – just make sure it’s of the silk and lace variety rather than some unsightly Spanx. Or how about Sandra Bullock, who gave a glimpse of her shapely pins courtesy of the subtly sheer skirt on her innovative Bottega Veneta gown? Indeed, it was Sandra’s so discreet, so demure number that got us wondering whether sexy see-through elements will be the more modern and much edgier alternative for those flesh-flashing lovers come the Oscars...

But what say you? Is the risqué leg-baring trend still sexy or just slatternly and so last season? Don’t forget to let us know below.

- Jessica Vince


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