The traditional "naked dress"—as beloved of honed-and-toned celebs everywhere for the past decade, like Beyoncé pictured below—may be on its way out, and I'm pretty pleased about the whole thing. As with all major trends, this cycle appears to have run its course, and the idea of those uncomfortable-looking, artfully placed crystals and embroidered details layered onto nude dancer-style mesh now verges on cheap, tacky and ubiquitous, despite the original designer versions being incredibly intricate and expensive.
Imagine I'm the next J.Lo for a second, if you will, and it seems far cooler in 2018 to do conceal/reveal in a subtler or even a more eccentric way. Rihanna—ever the trailblazer—has been one of the women at the forefront of this revised "naked dress" trend. She was first in the celebrity world to cotton onto the frothy fabulous tulle creations of London-based designer and recent Vogue Fashion Fund winner Molly Goddard, and none of us will ever forget her Swarovski-studded moment at the CFDA Awards back in 2014.
Getty Images: PICTURED: Beyoncé wearing a Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy dress at the New York Costume Institute Benefit Gala in 2015
Recently though it seems like another see-through dress trend has captured the imaginations of all kinds of A-listers from Olivia Palermo to Kim Kardashian West. Fueled by Goddard and the likes of Virgil Abloh at Off-White, the extreme tulle dress is taking centre stage. Rather than the nude skin-tone meshes of the past and rather than being bodycon and super-restrictive, these are bright, fun dresses one can eat a bowl of pasta in and then have a really good dance/Boomerang session—priorities for any girl living her best life.
The new wave is often seen in a different light also: Look at Off-White's styling strategy for these '80s-inspired tulle explosions (that reminded me of a particularly memorable Viktor and Rolf moment from S/S 10) and you'll see these fairy-like frocks being styled over cycling shorts or bright trousers for a more casual outcome. A far cry from the ultra-sassy nude gowns of yore. Take a look below to see the celebs who are into this dress trend and shop the look for yourself because wedding guest season is coming after all.
tulle dress trend: Kim Kardashian wearing a tulle Off-White dress