27 of the most daring dresses celebrities wore in 2019

From red-carpet appearances to New York Fashion Week, numerous celebrities have worn daring dresses throughout 2019 that have pushed the fashion envelope and inspired new trends.

Stars like Kim Kardashian West and Heidi Klum have been spotted wearing eye-catching ensembles, many with bold cutouts. Sheer dresses have also become a favorite among the stars, while plunging necklines seem to be making a comeback.

Here’s a look at some of the most daring dresses that celebrities have worn since the start of the year.


In January, Heidi Klum turned heads in a baby-blue gown at the Amazon Golden Globes after-party.

The halter-style dress featured a thigh-high slit and a daring cutout across the chest. To add some extra glamour, Klum donned silver heels and sparkling jewelry.


At the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards, Linda Cardellini put a sheer twist on a classic look.

The “Dead to Me” actress chose a black, ruffled dress from designer Zuhair Murad for the event. She paired the see-through look with simple makeup and an updo hairstyle.


That same month, Bella Thorne took over the red carpet in a red and black dress.

Her playful look included a heart-print skirt and two black panels that doubled as her top. She also wore shiny sandals and a long leather jacket draped across her shoulders.


In February, Kim Kardashian West wore a simple dress with an eye-catching feature at the amfAR gala in Manhattan.

Her black gown was vintage and designed by Versace, as Insider previously reported. It featured a floor-length skirt and, most notably, a plunging geometric neckline.


R&B sister duo Chloe and Halle Bailey experimented with geometric designs at the 2019 Grammy Awards.

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Halle Bailey (left) and Chloe Bailey (right) at the 2019 Grammy Awards on February 10.
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While Halle’s dress featured a black skirt and bubble-shaped top, Chloe’s ensemble consisted of a simple dress with accordion-style sleeves.


Toni Braxton donned one of her most daring dresses to date at the same event.

The legendary singer’s sheer gown was covered in purple sparkles. On Instagram, Braxton said the dress was designed by Elie Madi of Yas Couture.


Paris Hilton rocked a similar style at Philipp Plein’s fashion show on February 11.

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Paris Hilton attends Philipp Plein’s Fall/Winter 2019 show on February 11.
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Her sheer gown stood out as a result of its cutouts and feathered fringe. The dress was also entirely sheer and featured black sparkle details.


Also in February, Kendall Jenner took the “no pants” trend to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

Couture designer Rami Kadi created Jenner’s sparkling black dress, which had a plunging cutout at the top and two strips of fabric working as a skirt at the bottom.


In March, Olivia Culpo showcased a bold minidress at an event hosted by Cosmopolitan.

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Olivia Culpo at the Cosmopolitan Fashion Night on March 12.
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Her nearly sheer outfit had both a square-shaped neckline and a high-low skirt. The model wore her hair in a tight updo style, which placed extra emphasis on her dress.


Priyanka Chopra wore a striking shade of pink while visiting “The View” in March.

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Priyanka Chopra visits “The View” on March 19.
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The “Isn’t It Romantic” star looked stunning in the long-sleeved neon ensemble, which was also sheer. She paired the look with a velvet belt and magenta pumps.


In May, Hailey Bieber brought a daring ’90s trend to the 2019 Met Gala.

Bieber’s baby-pink dress was designed by Alexander Wang. It looked especially bold as a result of its backless design and “whale tail” feature – a thong peeking out at the back of the dress, resembling a fin – which first rose to fame in the ’90s.


Emily Ratajkowski wore a show-stopping ensemble to the same event.

Not only was Ratajkowski’s dress sheer, but it also wrapped across her chest in the style of a halter top and revealed most of her torso.


Before attending the Met Gala, Jennifer Lopez sparkled during a performance on the “Today” show.

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Jennifer Lopez performing on the “Today” show on May 6.
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Her short single-strap dress was covered in silver sparkles and featured triangular cutouts across her waist. Lopez also wore matching fingerless gloves for the performance.


Model Izabel Goulart attended the Cannes Film Festival in May while wearing a black dress with sharp cutouts.

The former Victoria’s Secret Angel posed for photographs in a dress with a long cutout across the chest. Her shimmering outfit also had a single long sleeve and a long slit that reached the right side of her hip.


In June, Taraji P. Henson dazzled the red carpet at the 2019 BET Awards.

The “Empire” actress rocked a black dress with sparkling details and a cutout feature at the top. She also wore shiny, silver heels and dangling earrings.


Lizzo surprised the crowd in a printed minidress at the same event.

The wood-inspired print of Lizzo’s dress was eye-catching, as was its high-low hemline and dramatic ruffled sleeves. She topped off the look with a hat in the same print.


Victoria’s Secret Angel Leomie Anderson donned a sheer dress in June.

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Leomie Anderson at an event hosted by Serpentine Galleries and Chanel on June 25.
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While at an event hosted by Serpentine Galleries and Chanel, the model wore a black wrap-style dress made from sheer fabric with a train that grazed the floor.


Zendaya chose a backless dress for the June premiere of “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”

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Zendaya at the premiere of “Spider-Man: Far From Home” on June 26.
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The Armani Privé gown mirrored Spider Man’s signature suit, though Zendaya’s version was backless and much more sparkly.


Sofia Vergara wore an edgy look to the July premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

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Sofia Vergara at the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” premiere on July 22, 2019.
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Vergara walked the red carpet wearing a black strapless dress that appears to have been made from rows of black fabric tied together in a lace-up corset fashion.


Jackie Cruz opted for a ruffled gown with a sheer section that made a statement on the red carpet.

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Jackie Cruz at the “Orange Is the New Black” premiere on July 25, 2019.
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The “Orange Is the New Black” actress chose a tan gown for the premiere of her show’s seventh season. The dress had an off-the-shoulder top, ruffled skirt, and a sheer piece of fabric that extended across her stomach and left thigh.


Normani looked radiant in a sparkling gown with daring cutouts.

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Normani attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on August 26.
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Her dress was covered in rainbow jewels from top to bottom. It also featured a single strap, bra-style top, and slanted skirt.


Ashley Graham rocked a daring maternity dress at the Savage X Fenty fashion show.

She wore a maternity leotard underneath a sheer, single-shoulder gown. Graham also showcased her affinity for neon by wearing bright yellow heels, matching makeup, and carrying a chartreuse clutch.


Saweetie chose a black minidress for the same event.

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Saweetie attends the 2019 Savage X Fenty fashion show in New York City.
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The rapper arrived wearing a velvet dress that was tied together on each side of her body. She also wore a leather trench coat, wide-brimmed hat, and earrings that dangled past her shoulders.


Jennifer Lopez brought the world back to the early 2000s when she wore a green Versace dress.

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Jennifer Lopez walks the Versace runway at Milan Fashion Week on September 20.
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She wore the look for Versace’s runway show during Milan Fashion Week, and paid homage to the famous green gown she wore back in 2000. Though the two dresses don’t look exactly alike, Lopez’s recent style was equally daring – it featured a plunging neckline and bold cutouts.


Indya Moore made an impression at the 2019 Emmys in a strapless white gown.

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Indya Moore attends the 2019 Emmys on September 22.
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Her dress featured a zipper down the top, as well as two thigh-high slits on her skirt.


Laverne Cox kept the “naked” trend alive in a sheer lace dress.

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Laverne Cox attends the “Charlie’s Angels” premiere in Los Angeles on November 11.
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The long-sleeved, high-neck dress was designed by Hakan Akkaya. It was almost entirely sheer, though two velvet panels were placed on the front and back of the bodice.

The gown also featured strategically-placed sequin strips across her chest.


Shailene Woodley prioritized comfort over glamour while attending the 2019 Fashion Awards in December.

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Shailene Woodley attends the 2019 Fashion Awards in December.
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Her outfit, designed by Moncler, featured a floor-length puffer dress and matching coat. And though her look was incredibly daring, it was also practical – as Insider previously reported, the temperature was less than 40 degrees around the time of the event.