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August 1 2014

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A Modest Proposal: Designers Take a Covered-Up Approach to Eveningwear

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EveningwearIn today’s social-media-fueled culture, modesty has become an overlooked virtue. While we admittedly got a thrill scrolling through endless Instagram posts exploring various angles of Rihanna’s butt crack following Monday night’s CFDA Awards, it takes a brave fashion icon like Rih to pull off a look leaving that little to the imagination. But for those women who still prefer to maintain an air of mystery, designers have us covered—literally. In recent months, we’ve noticed an upswing in full-on maxi dresses, which serve as evidence that high necklines and long sleeves can be sexy, too. Take, for example, Dolce & Gabbana’s billowing floral gowns for Fall (wind machine not included) or the body-veiling, mosaic-print numbers (complete with matching harem pants) featured on Chanel’s Cruise runway in Dubai last month. Adding fuel to the more-is-more eveningwear trend are the new Resort collections from Gucci’s Frida Giannini and Erdem Moralioglu, who presented curve-hugging column styles and floor-skimming guipure lace confections, respectively. For IRL proof that modesty and sensuality don’t have to be mutually exclusive, look no further than The Row’s Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen: The chic twins have been rocking maximum coverage ensembles for years.

Click for a slideshow of our favorite modest eveningwear looks.

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