11 Secrets To Pulling Off Sheer Dresses Like Ciara
At the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, host-slash-emcee Ciara made no fewer than seven costume changes, changing from a liquid silver Philipp Plein gown to a caped Michael Costello look to a sheer Naeem Khan dress embellished in silver. And while sheer looks have become the daring modus operandi for red carpet stars like Kim Kardashian (and, lately, the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kendall chief among them), Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna, Ciara was among the first to trademark the so-called "naked dress," wearing sheer looks front-row at Givenchy and Valentino and on the red carpet at the BBMAs, the American Music Awards, and the BET Awards. She works with stylists Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn to assemble her looks, and they've revealed a behind-the-scenes look at the 11 secrets for pulling off sheer dresses like Ciara. "Ciara's style is this really interesting mix of masculine and feminine," Haenn says. "She could wear a Dietrich-inspired suit and still be the sexiest woman in the room. For her, sheer looks enable us to play with different shapes, layers, embellishment, and masculine vs. feminine concepts without compromising her natural elegance." We might not all be so lucky (though the stylists also shout out Diane Kruger, Zoë Kravitz, Kendall Jenner, and Gwen Stefani as women who have pulled off sheer), but these tips offer a starting point for just how to go about showing some skin and staying chic.