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.

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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 Strappy details have been replaced by ruffles, and billowing, floor-grazing gowns were preferred over body-hugging minis.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.

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

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A modest form, with a swooshy skirt and ruffled sleeves, becomes risqué when made in lace.


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Complete with caped sleeves and an off-the-shoulder neckline, this twist on the naked dress feels almost bridal.

Collina Strada

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We don't typically picture quirky prints when hearing the term 'naked dress,' but perhaps we should start.


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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.

David Koma

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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

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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.


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Plenty of one-shouldered designs were also in the naked mix, adding an extra element of fun.

LaQuan Smith

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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

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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

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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.

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