These days, getting dressed up means getting dressed down—and I’m not referring to your old WFH sweatsuit uniform. The (literal) coolest going-out look for venues ranging from a club to the red carpet or a fashion show is wearing almost nothing at all (or at least making it appear that way). As of lately, celebrities and sheer outfits go hand-in-hand. From Florence Pugh to Rihanna, almost every big name in Hollywood, music, and modeling has given this trend their stamp of approval—and taken the opportunity to free the nipple or show a little leg.
Sheer outfits were one of the biggest trends for 2022 and it’s no surprise that it’s going to continue well into 2023. From an analytical perspective, celebrities know they’re bound to make headlines when they show up to a major event in something completely sheer. In addition to the publicity element, the sheer trend is also incredibly versatile. A sheer mesh tank top has a completely different impact than a strategically bedazzled sheer formal gown. Because of the sheer number of sheer options (I’ll leave the puns here), this macro trend can be reimagined to fit various micro trends as they evolve. A long wide skirt? Make it sheer. A colorful slip dress? That can be sheer too.
Florence Pugh is a great example of a celebrity who has embraced the sheer trend and worn it in multiple ways. Most recently, Florence Pugh went sheer at Paris Fashion Week.
The Don’t Worry Darling actress attended the Valentino fashion show in a sheer sequined high-waisted skirt layered over a low-rise white pair of underwear. She paired the skirt with a cropped grey sweatshirt with a diamond neckline.
This wasn’t the first time, or second, or even third time Florence Pugh has worn a sheer Valentino look. Last season at Paris Fashion Week, Pugh attended a Valentino dinner in another sheer skirt—this time it was paired with a matching beaded sheer top.
The star-like sheer look came after Florence Pugh received online backlash for her original sheer Valentino look in the brand’s signature shade of pink. After Pugh wore the hot pink gown to the Valentino Haute Couture show in July of 2022, she was criticized for her appearance online. In response to the commentary, Florence Pugh issued a statement on her Instagram.
“I was excited to wear it, not a wink of me was nervous. I wasn’t before, during or even now after,” Pugh wrote.
As Florence Pugh has demonstrated, in order to nail the sheer trend on the red carpet, a strong sense of confidence is the best accessory.
Olivia Rodrigo wore a simple Miu Miu sheer black slip dress to the 2023 Grammy Awards. She accessorized with a Tiffany & Co bean necklace and kept her hair and makeup very minimal.
The SKIMS founder wore a sheer suit with a matching bandeau top out in New York City on April 25, 2023 before attending the TIME 100 Summit. She kept her accessories simple with a diamond “KIM” necklace.
Zendaya brought her star power to the 2023 NAACP Image Awards with a cut-out two-piece set.
The Euphoria actress went sheer for Valentino’s Spring/Summer ’23 show in Paris. A sheer catsuit was worn creatively over booty shorts and layered under an oversized blazer.
Dua Lipa is no stranger to a sheer look and often wears it when performing on-stage. She brought her sheer style to the front row of the GCDS fashion show in Milan, Italy in February of 2023.
Lizzo took a neon approach to the sheer trend in a full bodysuit on stage in Berlin, Germany in February of 2023. She wears a series of sheer looks in bright colors throughout her tour.
The internet sensation wore a custom sheer KNWLS dress to the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscars Party and paired the look with Cartier jewels.
The Rhode Beauty founder has been a frequent supporter of the sheer look. Bieber wore a strapless tulle mini dress with sheer cutouts and tights for a night out in Los Angeles in January of 2023.
Emily Ratajkowski might just be the queen of the sheer outfit trend, a regular red carpet look for the model. She wore a shimmery knit iteration to the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscars party.
Rita Ora has committed to a sheer wardrobe for 2023. She wore a totally sheer one-shoulder dress in London with star nipple covers in January of 2023.
Rita Ora elevated an all-black outfit with sheer lace pants layered over tall black boots in New York City.
A feather vest covered most of Rita Ora’s sheer long sleeve dress that she wore out in Los Angeles in February of 2023.