We’re all hanging by a thread right now — these clothes included.
Stars like Kim Kardashian and Dua Lipa have taken to rocking tops and dresses that purposely look like they’re coming apart at the seams, putting a hole new spin on the bodycon look.
Kylie Jenner’s version of the trend — a tiny tangerine dress by Poster Girl — even comes with a matching G-string.
“The overall idea was to sculpt your curves and accentuate the female form,” the brand’s designers, Francesca Capper and Natasha Somerville, told Page Six Style via email.
Worn by Jenner and Lipa, the London label’s $122 “Miranda” dress is a veritable Hollywood hit, thanks to strategically placed peepholes that “reveal the body in a less obvious way than a deep neckline or short skirt hem,” according to the duo.
Their daring dresses also feature sheer paneling “designed to highlight and flatter areas of the body,” as well as shapewear-inspired stretchy fabrics that “cinch and support in the right places,” Capper and Somerville added.
Poster Girl isn’t the only brand producing these peekaboo pieces; Kylie’s sister Kim soaked up some sun in a barely-buttoned Gabe Gordon tank, while Rui Zhou’s art-inspired versions have been sported by the likes of Solange Knowles, Chloe x Halle and Lipa, who recently covered Rolling Stone in a colorful, semi-sheer look by the New York-based designer.
Zhou’s signature asymmetrical creations, which start at around $300 and top out at nearly $1,000, are comprised of knit panels tethered together with pearly beads to expose wide swaths of skin — the better to “celebrate the poetic elegance in between the skin and the garment,” according to her website.
If that seems like a lot to drop on a look reminiscent of ripped tights or that snap-front sweater you once shrank three sizes in the dryer, fret not: Rihanna, patron saint of all things sexy, is offering fishnet body stockings peppered with cutouts and priced at under $30 as part of her Savage X Fenty lingerie line.
And while the timing of this titillating trend might seem odd, considering that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to parties and wild nights on the town, Capper and Somerville argue there’s never been a better time to slip into something a little sexier than sweats — even while stuck at home.
“Clubs are closed but people still want to enjoy fashion regardless; it is an outlet for creativity, and dressing up to feel sexy can boost your mood and day,” the designers said.
“Although there is nowhere to go out, it doesn’t mean we have to stop having fun with fashion.”