Fashion Clothing Extremely Naked Dresses Are Back, and They're Actually Kind of Romantic This Time This new take on the sexy trend is more subtle and whimsical — and will no doubt be all over the red carpet in the near future. 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 October 12, 2021 @ 10:00AM Pin Share Tweet Email In This Article View All In This Article Christian Siriano Rodarte Collina Strada Blumarine David Koma Christian Cowan Missoni LaQuan Smith Naeem Khan Louis Vuitton Photo: Getty Images/InStyle A few short years ago, the naked dress trend essentially ruled the red carpet. Showing up to an event wearing a sheer, high-slit gown that showed just enough — or even extreme amounts of — skin was a great way for celebrities to 'break the Internet.' Until, of course, the look began to lose its wow factor. We eventually began to expect all those crazy cutouts, and now we barely blink when we spot see-through clothing. But, Spring 2022's take on the naked dress trend is actually something special. Strappy details have been replaced by ruffles, and billowing, floor-grazing gowns were preferred over body-hugging minis. The nakedness, then, comes through in more unexpected ways. Cutouts Are Getting Even More Daring Next Season The new naked dress is more subtle and romantic than its extreme, overtly sexy predecessor, and it's only a matter of time before this version becomes a red carpet mainstay. Christian Siriano Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Christian Siriano A modest form, with a swooshy skirt and ruffled sleeves, becomes risqué when made in lace. Rodarte Naked dress at Rodarte. Shannon Finney/Getty Images Complete with caped sleeves and an off-the-shoulder neckline, this twist on the naked dress feels almost bridal. Collina Strada Fernanda Calfat/Gettyimages We don't typically picture quirky prints when hearing the term 'naked dress,' but perhaps we should start. Blumarine Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images Even with Y2K elements, such as a plunging neckline, highlighter color, and a butterfly embellishment, this sheer-bottomed gown is so glam we're willing to bet money we see it at the next awards season. The Unironic Return of Millennial Teen Style David Koma Jeff Spicer/BFC/Getty Images It's not just naked gowns that popped up for spring '22, either — David Koma managed to make a few of our favorite bold trends feel somewhat casual with a sheer, sequined, neon shirtdress. Christian Cowan Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images Colorblocking is another trend that's seemingly taking over next season, and with Christian Cowan's sheer pink and orange take, there's now a way to pull double duty. Missoni Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Plenty of one-shouldered designs were also in the naked mix, adding an extra element of fun. Pick a Favorite Shoulder, Because Asymmetrical Styles Are Everywhere for Spring '22 LaQuan Smith Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images This one-shoulder look proves you can do the naked look without actually going bare. A neutral layer underneath creates the illusion without the commitment. Naeem Khan Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images After seeing so many see-through gowns on the runway, it's safe to assume we'll be seeing plenty of naked looks on the red carpet in the near future, and this ball gown shaped one is a shoo-in. Louis Vuitton Peter White/Getty Images It's the roaring '20s, but sexy. Elaborate beading, ruffles, and even coordinating undergarments made this new generation of naked dresses feel fresh and romantic.