Fashion Trend Report: Sheer Eveningwear

Celebs are going bare on the red carpet, would you dare?

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Eveningwear has experienced a long and winding evolution since the glory days of Old Hollywood. The most popular style for gowns has shifted every decade—from bias cuts in the roaring '20s to the halter necks and open backs of the '30s, A-lines in the '50s, mod shapes in the '60s to bold shoulders and major bling in the '80s and into the late '90s, where minimalism ruled. These days, however, red carpets aren't bound by the same stoic rules about what is in and out of fashion. Celebs and socialites dress to suit their personalities and yet we see new (and often more provocative) trends emerging all the time.

One such trend is sheer formalwear. The look debuted on the Fall 2014 runways and has made its way to the red carpet in record time. Designers including Monique Lhuillier, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Dennis Basso and Julien Macdonald sent sheer gowns down their runways.

Monique Lhuillier, Alexander McQueen, Dennis Basso, Julien MacDonald
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Despite its daring nature (and perhaps even because of it), celebs of all body types and fashion personas have recently sought out sheer eveningwear for every event from the Emmys and movie premieres to the Costume Institute Gala at the MET. We spotted the look on Chloe Grace Moretz, Camila Alves, Nancy O' Dell and Naomi Watts.

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This trend is shockingly easy to incorporate into your wardrobe for everything from a formal party to an evening wedding. The key is to show skin strategically and leave the full-body-baring frocks to the celebs. We love these dresses from BCBG Max Azria, ABS Allen Schwartz, For Love and Lemons and BB Dakota.

Fashion Trend Report: Sheer Eveningwear
(Source: BCBG Max Azria, Zappos, Revolve Clothing, Nordstrom)

BCBG Max Azria Taliah Long-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $498 , at BCBG Max Azria; ABS Allen Schwartz Stripe Sheer Overlay Fit and Flare Dress, $387, at; For Love and Lemons Antigua Maxi Dress, $281, at; BB Dakota Yale Lace Panel Fit & Flare Dress, $88, at Nordstrom

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