News Awards & Events Oscars Stars Broke Out Their Sexiest Sheer Dresses for the 2022 Oscars From subtle to nearly naked, these statement-making looks were among our favorites. By Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines Published on March 28, 2022 @ 05:39PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Getty Images While the 2022 Oscars were full of surprises and history-making moments, on the red carpet, we did spot something familiar: sheer dresses — lots of them — worn by some of the best-dressed stars of the night. The once-risqué fashion choice is now a mainstay at major events, but that doesn't mean these skin-baring designs weren't exciting or interesting to look at. On the contrary, sheer Oscars outfits continue to make a bold statement, but these days, it's the details and color choices that turn them into something truly special. Apparently the Oscars Dress Code Was Business Formal This Year While some actresses and musicians arrived at the awards show and after-parties in full see-through gowns, others chose to highlight specific body parts with sheer skirts or corsets. We're rounding up the best of the best, ahead, from subtle lace details to super-sexy, nearly naked dresses. 01 of 16 Rachel Zegler Getty Images The West Side Story actress attended the Oscars in a sheer black dress from Dior Haute Couture, while Tiffany & Co. jewelry completed her look. 02 of 16 Serena Williams Getty Images Williams stood out on the red carpet in a bright pink and black Gucci gown, which was slightly see-through all over. 03 of 16 Jessica Alba Getty Images Alba's navy blue dress from the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party featured a subtly sheer, beaded corset. 04 of 16 Gabrielle Union Getty Images Although Union's Valentino turtleneck gown seemed modest at first glance, her undergarments were visible through the shiny brown material. 05 of 16 Alessandra Ambrosio Getty Images The model's Stephane Rolland Haute Couture look included a low-cut neckline and a fully sheer bottom half. 06 of 16 Halsey Getty Images The singer struck a pose at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party wearing a lingerie-like, black lace dress that showed off her underwear. 07 of 16 Lori Harvey Getty Images Harvey made her red carpet debut with boyfriend Michael B. Jordan while wearing an elaborate couture gown from Tony Ward, which highlighted her long legs. 08 of 16 Karolina Kurkova Getty Images The model put a sexy spin on spring's crochet trend with a black dress from Gabriela Hearst. 09 of 16 Sydney Sweeney Getty Images Sweeney's custom-made Miu Miu gown featured a crystal, chain-like illusion top. 10 of 16 Addison Rae Getty Images The Bridgerton effect seemed to be in full force for Hollywood's big night. Even TikTok star Addison Rae arrived at Vanity Fair's after-party in a corset gown from Monot. 11 of 16 Vanessa Hudgens Getty Images The skirt on this black Valentino gown may be sheer, but it still included a pair of pockets. 12 of 16 Joan Smalls Getty Images Smalls was clearly ready to make a statement in this Elie Saab gown, which included tons of feathers and elaborate jewel embellishments. 13 of 16 Kelly Rowland Getty Images The singer had a dramatic fashion moment in a tulle mermaid gown from Jean-Louis Sabaji, which came complete with a pair of cape sleeves. 14 of 16 Caitriona Balfe Getty Images The Outlander actress swapped out her white Oscars gown for a black alternative at the after-party, but both Louis Vuitton creations were the epitome of glamour. 15 of 16 Sofia Boutella Getty Images Boutella shined in her sheer, black halter-neck gown, which included a tiered, sequined skirt. 16 of 16 Kiernan Shipka Getty Images The actress's Elie Saab gown was classic and sexy at the same time, featuring cutouts on the sides and lace details down the skirt.