STYLE TRIAL | Elizabeth Olsen’s See-Through Dress from the Godzilla premiere

Elizabeth Olsen at the ‘Godzilla’ European premiere

OK, so “see-through” is possibly a bit of an exaggeration here. We can only see-through PART of Elizabeth Olsen’s dress here, and given the kind of thing we’re used to seeing on the red carpet these days, that’s no small thing.

With that said, we just don’t think we’re ever going to get fully on board with the “see-through skirt” trend. Because we’re old, presumably (just thought we’d get that out there to save you the trouble..). To us, though, this kind of look will also look like a wardrobe malfunction: as if the poor starlet got dressed, but forgot to put on the petticoat which was supposed to go with the dress. “Elizabeth,” we can almost hear her mother nagging her, “Don’t go out without your petticoat: remember what I’ve told you!”

But Elizabeth DID go out without her petticoat. Either that, or Elie Saab, who designed this dress, decided to corners, and missed a bit. It’s a shame, because it’s a stunning dress, which would be even more stunning with an extra layer of fabric under the skirt: sometimes we think designers seem to feel the need to be “edgy” at all costs, and most of the time, “edgy” translates as “you have to be able to see underwear”. It happens so often now that a sheer skirt is in danger of no longer being edgy at all: it’s just becoming the norm. (This is a good thing, actually: if see-through clothes become “the norm”, then presumably NON-sheer clothes will start to seem “edgy” in comparison, and we’ll all get to be fashion-forward, while wearing exactly what we’ve always worn…)

Still, we reckon Elizabeth Olsen is managing to pull this one of, so we’re inclined NOT to arrest her. What do you think?

7 Comments

  • May 12, 2014

    Serena

    I do not like to see panties under an elegant dress. Too edgy.

    xoxo

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  • May 12, 2014

    Claire

    I’m not a big fan of the sheer skirts fad. Instead of the dress being a unified whole, it gets chopped up into top half and undies and a sheer part showing legs.

    You can’t have it both ways in my opinion. Either have a long skirt or show off your legs, it just doesn’t work to have both.

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  • May 12, 2014

    Noza

    Wow what a fabulous dress, it elegant, edgy without being too riske.
    Top marks on this Miss Olsen, this is how the under 30’s should do evening wear!
    Love it x

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  • May 12, 2014

    Lenandrea

    I would like it with a lining. However, the first thing that struck me was that the picture on the right looks to me like a smaller head has been Photoshopped onto a larger body. Which is odd, since it’s the same pose, the right is simply larger on her face and torso.

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  • May 13, 2014

    Sharon Baker

    Yawn! This has been sooo DONE! At least it is not BeyoncĂ©’s behind. That said, let’s just all go naked and get it over with!

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  • May 13, 2014

    Katja Oksanen

    I don’t mind sheer skirts, but there should be something more substantial underneath because now I’m just focusing on wondering if I’m seeing her pants. If she wore shorts underneath maybe. But the dress is still stunning!

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  • May 15, 2014

    Pink Princess

    It looks great on her and I can tell you it would look equally good on me (just in case you’re wondering!) but I’d rather it had an inner lining.
    Trends are one thing but elegance is a whole different world…

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