Is This the Most Naked J.Lo Has Ever Been?
Christopher is a Southern California-based editor and has been with InStyle since 2018. He covers all things entertainment, celebrity, and culture.
Updated on October 31, 2018 @ 09:45PM
Jennifer Lopez is a lot of things. As one of the harbingers of the multi-hyphenate superstar, she’s always done it all — and she’s done it all while baring a lot of skin. No matter what she’s doing, whether it’s dancing, singing, acting, judging, hosting, designing, or just being J.Lo, she’ll often do it wearing the most-naked naked dress possible and looking completely nonplused the entire time. In our new cover story, the dynamic diva is wearing a Valentino creation that shows off just about every one of those famous curves, but it’s just the latest dress in a long line of naked dresses. Here are the ones that made the biggest headlines.
The latest naked dress is actually Valentino Haute Couture cape. It’s certainly a statement-making option, but there’s something familiar about the color. For die-hard J.Lo fans, it’s reminiscent of her attention-grabbing Versace dress, which is often credited with the creation of Google Image search and vaulting her onto the A List.
Speaking of that dress: in 2000, Lopez walked the Grammy red carpet in this Versace gown, which seems tame in comparison to some of her more recent options.
In 2015, Lopez arrived at the Billboard Music Awards in a Charbel Zoe gown that was nothing more than a sheer body stocking and strategically placed crystals. It made for a showstopping look, especially since everyone wanted to know exactly where there was flesh and what was a nude underpinning.
Another Versace moment. Lopez wore a sheer gown to the Met Gala when she attended as Donatella’s guest. While many thought there was a huge cutout (aka a hole) in her dress, it was actually just part of the intricate design. She didn’t accessorize, since Donatella Versace is really all you need when you’re at an event, but she revealed to us that Kim Kardashian West used to wear a bracelet that read: “What would JLo do?” In this case, J.Lo would wear another naked dress.
When J.Lo finds a designer that can make gravity-defying gowns that show just the right amount of skin, she sticks to them. In 2014, she arrived at the MTV Video Music Awards in a silver Charbel Zoe gown that had crisscrossing straps that covered exactly what they needed to. Everything, from her pumps to her clutch, were matching and crystal-encrusted.
At last year’s Latin Billboard Awards, Lopez took her skin-baring in a different direction. A goth-tinged Julien Macdonald gown was intricate, involved, and very, very revealing. While it had long sleeves and grazed the red carpet, it was really just a feat of fashion engineering, with panels that covered the essentials and left nothing to the imagination. Every curve and contour was on full display and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
In 2015, J.Lo celebrated her birthday in what some sources called “the J.Lo-iest dress” of all time. Designer Bao Tranchi created the look, which has sheer panels, contoured cutouts and piping details. The signature J.Lo swagger? That’s not something you can buy or design — it’s all Lopez all the time.