Celebrities tend to abide by a different set of fashion rules than the rest of us but there are some things, like shaved legs (minus Mo’Nique) and non-protruding nipples that I thought were universal. Apparently in the world of Keri Hilson and Rihanna, that’s not the case.

Last week we saw a whole lot of Keri Hilson at the Hennessy Wild Rabbit launch in NYC, as she showed up to the event bra-less in a sheer color-block shirt. The whole look was on point, even somewhat sophisticated—except for the fact that the entire shape of her breasts, nipples included, were beaming through her shirt. It reminded me of her R&B/pop companion Rihanna who pranced around in a knit sweater last month that was completely sheer and netted in the front with no bra and then tried to act surprised that everybody could see her business. This is the same girl, after all, who wore a sheer black lace dress for New Year’s Eve and let everyone see her nipple rings. Coincidence? I think not.

The thing is, everyone has a nip slip now and then but these ladies are intentionally letting it all show. I refuse to believe that with all of the attention that’s paid to the other details of their style they would somehow let something so obvious slip by unnoticed. The ladies either think the look is hot or they’re trying to set a trend. Do we really want this to catch on? Breast-baring cleavage is one thing, cold-air induced nipples are another, yet totally showing off your bare breasts underneath the thinnest material you can find is in a whole different ballpark that is somewhere between the land of the fashionable and junk yard of the tacky.

Thankfully, these ladies have the bodies and the boobs to at least pull this look off in the physical sense but the overt, semi-nakedness sort of takes away from the fashion-forward trends they’re displaying. We end up focusing on are what’s showing through the clothes rather than the clothes themselves and that’s never a good move when you’re trying to make a fashion statement. Both ladies would be better off investing in nipple covers so they don’t have to ruin the look their going for with an obvious bra, but at least with their nipples hidden we won’t be distracted by something we don’t want to see in the first place. There’s a basic rule of life and fashion that would suit these ladies well to remember: not all attention is good attention.

What do you think? Are nipple-baring shirts fashionable or tacky?

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  • Tiffany W.

    I actually don’t think it was intentional. The level of brightness from the flash of the cameras on them is so intense that it can make what you cannot see in person visible in pictures. This is the same thing where you see someone heavily made up look great in person, but the pictures from that same event are crrrraaazzzzyyyy looking.

    • JessicaMercedes

      These women new that their tops were sheer. This is a new trend. Ciara, and Melody Thorton have jumped on the band wagon too. To me it looks so desperate and foolish.

  • bukky

    I agree that the flash make it more visible but these women know they are going to be photographed?Btw, you need to add Melody Thortons picture here.Yesterday she was in a sheer top without a bra!

  • Bronze

    Sure. But ya’ll will be screamin bloody murder when this style trickles down to the hoodrats this summer. Not going to be a good look.

  • JessicaMercedes

    This is beyond trashy! I don’t care how much your clothes cost. I don’t care if its made by the most prestigious designer. I don’t care if you have a tiny little body that doesn’t overtly scream sexy. You might as well be walking around topless. And I better not see any body wearing anything like this is “real life.” Especially if its around my kids.

  • Kat

    Relax. They’re just nipples!

    • Jade

      LOL! Right. We are so unnecessarily ashamed of the naked body. That’s the real issue.