The Best Nearly Naked Dresses & How to Style Them

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Ever have one of those days when you’re just not up for wearing clothes? Well, being dressed and naked at the same time is made possible through see through clothes and nude colour palettes. Check out this guide on the best nearly naked dresses – complete with celeb red carpet dresses for inspiration – and how to go out about finishing the look.

Revealing Celebrity Dresses

If you’re keen to rock the nearly naked dress look, you may be thinking: “Where do I buy one of these?”. And so, when it comes to this potentially risky look, it is a good idea to get some inspiration. Where better to start than one of the most talked about places when it comes to fashion: celebrities on the red carpet? Here is a list of some of the most revealing red carpet dresses we could find, and how to shop the look based on what we’ve learnt from the celebs below.



Constructed mainly of mesh and a selection of carefully placed rhinestones, it is no wonder that this look is a head turner. Not for the faint hearted, this revealing dress can be worn with a simple up-do and plain nude heels, safe in the knowledge that the impact of the dress will not be toned down.

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Kim Kardashian

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Of course we could trust Kim Kardashian to be on the list of most revealing celebrity clothes! The khaki shade of the dress and accessories offer a different take on the classic nude outfit. With the floral lace, thick buckled waist belt and tousled hair, there is something about this look that is reminiscent of Eve and the trusty fig leaf.

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A look that strongly encompasses the female form, this celebrity see through dress is inspired by the 1920s. Despite the neutral colour palette of the dress, when paired with an equally bejewelled headpiece and gloves the look is a bold one. However, to accommodate to those times when you feel slightly conscious, a fur stole to wrap round can be the perfect diversion (and it’s also great for adding a bit of warmth).

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Blake Lively

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The use of nude sequins and mesh across this fitted floor length gown accentuates the figure. The addition of spaghetti straps not only helps to hold the dress in place, but also gives the impression that Lively is both dressed and naked at the same time: the slip and her body seamlessly becomes one.

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Bella Hadid

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When it comes to looking sexy, there is one colour that instantly springs to mind: red. This red revealing dress paired with an up-do and matching rouge lip are the very personification of the word sultry. Topped off with a pair of black stilettos and silver rhinestone jewellery and you have a look that even a Bond girl would be jealous of.

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Chrissy Teigen

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Keeping it simple in black, the cut of this dress does all the talking. Being backless, with such a revealing slit up each side, it is important to keep the accessories simple, as Teigen demonstrates here.

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Hannah Davis

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When it comes to nearly naked dresses, black underwear is the perfect solution to avoid any slips, but it can also enhance your nearly naked look (both practical and stylish; what’s not to love?). Here, the purple sequins and mesh dramatically contrast with the strapless black bra and high waist knickers while offering some continuity with the choice of a black heel.

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Kendall Jenner

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With complex embroidered detailing and a bell sleeve cut, pairing this black dress with subtle metallics avoids the look from getting a bit too much. The combed back hair and silver drop earrings help to maintain – not overthrow – the colour scheme.

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Diane Kruger

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Contrasting heavy beading and fringing with lace and mesh panels, this floor length number brings the classic flapper dress straight into the 21st century. The simple jewelled earrings and plain clutch bag help to keep this classy and suitable for any formal event from the 1920s to the present day.

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Perrie Edwards

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This floor length slip dress made of sequin fishnet has us hankering for a decade we will always have a soft spot for: the 90s. Finished off with a super high ponytail and black underwear, this monochromatic look can still get heads turning.

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What to Wear with See Through Clothes

As you may have realised by now, nearly naked dresses are a statement all by themselves. But, when it comes to completing the look, it’s still just as important to think about what should be worn with them.

Depending on what colour your dress is, the safest option is to match your accessories and shoes with it. Or, if you’ve opted for a colour, then pairing the dress with black little extras can add a sophisticated contrast.

The Bag


With the sheer material – or general lack of material – that is a distinct characteristic of nearly naked dresses, having a bag with a strap is not always the most comfortable choice. Instead, a hard bag offers structure while not taking anything away from the dress. Or, if you want to add a little sparkle, clutches with a glitter finish add an extra bit of texture to the look.



It’s best to stick to the classics – either silver or gold. Earrings are probably the safest option to avoid looking over the top, and there are many styles out there to help you add a bit of personality.



A heel that’s not too high keeps the look classy. In a black or neutral shade, there will be no risk of the shoe taking anything away from the amazing detail on some of these naked dresses.

And, when it comes to what to wear underneath the dress – or anything sheer for that matter – black underwear is a great option. The simplicity of a set (like this cute, and affordable, one from ASOS) keeps the look mature and helps to avoid any slip ups or fall outs. It’s a win-win!

How to Style Naked Dresses

  • There’s not just one way to be ‘nearly naked’. Take a look through photos of celebrity see through clothes for inspiration.
  • Experiment with embroidery, lace and mesh, or try different cuts: backless, side splits, deep necklines.
  • Don’t go too over the top. Let the naked dress do the talking.
  • Nearly naked doesn’t always have to mean nude. Try some colour.
  • Consider styling your hair in an up-do or combed back to keep the attention on the dress.
  • To avoid any wardrobe malfunctions, black underwear is your safety net.

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