The red carpet is no place for the feeble of fashion minds. There are ridiculously good looks that saunter down a step and repeat all the time, but *very* few celebrities actually traverse into the most daring red carpet gown category, aka almost naked. Which is what makes the outfits on our list so very special.
Boring, they are not. Forgettable, they could never be. These ladies represent the crème de la crème of daring red carpet ensembles. These looks are the ones we could only hope to wear in our wildest dreams, but the women rocking them make it look so dayum easy.
Of course, Bad Girl RiRi would top the list. She basically wrote the book on daring fashion, and it’s one of the many reasons we revere her style. Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé are also in this elite sartorial category, with sultry nearly-naked dresses of their own.
Now, a “daring dress” doesn’t always translate into long gown either, as evidenced by Bjork’s 2001 Oscars ensemble. And Miley Cyrus’ addition to the list is more chandelier than dress, but we’ll take it. Clearly, there are quite a few daring red carpet looks worthy of our praise. Now free to ohh and ahh over the assortment of said dresses below.
Behold: the most daring red carpet dress of all time, courtesy of Rihanna and Adam Selman.
Queen Bey in Givenchy just plain shut. it. down.
3Jennifer Lopez, 2000
This Versace number is so iconic, they’re *still* making repeat versions nearly two decades later.
4Miley Cyrus, 2015
At first glance, we thought this Versace dress was actually a chandelier. Regardless, Miley rocked it.
It doesn’t get more daring than wearing a swan. (The dress is by Marjan Pejoski.)
6Kim Kardashian, 2013
Feathers, crystals and a whole lot of see-through fabric qualify this Roberto Cavalli design in the best naked dress category.
Bad Girl RiRi is the reigning queen of daring fashion, so of *course* she’d make the list twice (this dress is by Tom Ford).
8Irina Shayk, 2015
Mwuah! Irina was not afraid to rock it in this slinky Versace jumpsuit-dress.
9Toni Braxton, 2001
She’s a Grammy-winner, and she’ll wear what she wants to.
10Rita Ora, 2015
Cue the jaw drop! We can’t forget Rita in this Donna Karan number.
11Lil’ Kim, 1999
Pasties weren’t a thing until Lil’ Kim made them a thing.
12Elizabeth Hurley, 1994
This Versace dress basically created the side cutout trend.
13Amber Rose, 2014
And, finally, Amber Rose, in this chain-link Laura Dewitt dress.