From Cher's show-stopping 70s sequins to Carrie Bradshaw's classic nude mini, the 'naked dress' has always had its place in fashion.
Now, it looks set for a comeback. Ruling the red carpets at this year's Met Gala, TV BAFTAs and pretty much every movie premiere, ever, barely-there sheer dresses are the piece du jour in the culture of constant celebrity one-upmanship.
So with more flesh on show than ever, how are us mere mortals supposed to carry off the trend?
With a little help from the high street, of course.
Swap gaudy embellishments and extravagant trains for simple shapes and strategically placed mesh panels - the perfect way to do 'naked dressing' without revealing too much skin (after all we do have the small matter of the British weather to contend with).
Summer weddings are the perfect place to debut a floor-length number, with floaty sheer skirts providing the ultimate in low-key sexiness.
For the wild at heart, sheer mini dresses in playful hues make a great summer statement piece (and the best way to channel your inner J-Lo without looking like you just stepped off Strictly).
Want to rock the trend? Check out our pick of the 10 best sheer dresses on the high street: