Well, that didn’t last long. After a brief hiatus during awards season earlier this year, sheer gowns (and other racy little numbers) are back with a vengeance on the red carpet. The stars upped the shock factor at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards in a parade of black numbers that boasted varying degrees of opacity, from modestly semi-sheer to completely see-through.

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Kendall Jenner, for one, commanded attention in a black sheer dress with a plunging lace-up neckline and a high-low ruffled hemline, which revealed crazy-cool Dsquared2 sandals that laced up all the way up to her thigh (and likely took a village to get her in). Charlize Theron fluttered onto the red carpet in a fantastical butterfly-embroidered Alexander McQueen lace dress that was equal parts sexy and whimsical, and Halle Berryshowed off her svelte figure in a slinky black Noam Hanoch design that featured a mock off-the-shoulder silhouette and lace panels.

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And when it wasn’t the full dress, little touches of sheer popped up here and there, like the skirt of Lizzy Caplan’s hand-embroidered Sally LaPointe tank dress or the fluttery lace sleeves of Jessica Chastain’s corseted Givenchy gown.

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But leave it to today’s It girls for the most unexpected use of sheer. Gigi Hadid debuted faux bangs in a sleek pinstriped Versace suit with a black-and-yellow blouse left unbuttoned to reveal a sheer black lace bralet. AndCara Delevingne dialed up the drama in a racy cut-out Balmain jumpsuit with see-through panels that faked the illusion of skin exposure. Stunning!

BY: ANDREA CHENG

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