How the Naked Dress Trend Grew Up

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.