First came the side-boob, then the plunging deep V and we’ve long been experiencing the barrage of midriff thanks to a continued crop top love-in… But for spring/summer 2014 there’s a new prominent member of the dare-to-bare gang: the sheer dress. It’s not a new concept, true – some celebs have long enjoyed flashing their undergarments – but in the past few weeks we’ve seen an explosion of exposure.
From Kim Kardashian to Rihanna, knickers are being revealed left, right and centre – and we’re not talking just about the safer Bridget Jones variety. KK has modelled the more demure and approachable option this week: big black pants and bra under a modestly cut, peekaboo lace dress. It’s a tried and tested method of the Dolce & Gabbana boys, and was also employed the other week by Lea Michele in an LBD from Milly.
Kim shares her Rachel Roy dress and Balmain jacket and makeup prep via Instagram @kimkardashian
RiRi – being RiRi – opted for (brazenly small) fluoro briefs to peek out from underneath her Simone Rocha skirt on a night out. To keep things on the Fenty side of casual, she did opt for flat brogues.
Obvs, this isn’t your average daywear, but there are degrees of sheer cheek as you can see from the gallery above. Diane Kruger fights a good case for the skirt only formula – opting for this trend twice in the past couple of months; first in an Elie Saab maxi and then in a chiffon skirt and black blazer from Theory. It’s all about balance – so high necklines and flat shoes help to give this look the green light.
Backstage at Dolce & Gabbana [Jason Lloyd Evans]
But is it a step too far for regular folk? Could you brave bringing your undies to the fore? There are certainly many pieces available to buy now that tap into the risqué trend…