12 Times Kim Kardashian Revolutionized High-Fashion Trends

These days, Kendall Jenner is one of the biggest advocates for freeing the n!pple, along with the likes of Julia Fox and Florence Pugh. But the supermodel wasn’t the first in the KarJenner clan to take on the empowering styling choice. In fact, her older sister Kim Kardashian was already rocking n!p-forward ensembles in the mid-2010s, eons ahead of today’s naked dressers.

In recent years, the SKIMS mogul has taken a notable step back from going braless (likely due to the fact that she’s built an empire selling undergarments). But at the height of Kardashian’s risqué ensembles — around the year 2016 — she began heavily embracing the exposed n!p.

Kardashian expertly bared her breasts under see-through, body-hugging ‘fits, a silhouette she still loves today. She even explained her daring fashion choice on her now-defunct website. In a 2016 post titled “Sheer N!pple Vibes,” she wrote: “I have always loved sheer — I just don’t GAF, LOL.”

Despite the look’s controversial nature, Kardashian is always impeccably styled in her exposed ensembles. Often, these looks include diaphanous fabrics in her signature skin-tight fit and frequently incorporate see-through lingerie as daywear.

Though these days, she rarely frees the n!pple, her archives are filled with stylish, n!ppley ’fits. Below, I’ve rounded up Kim Kardashian’s most stylish free-the-n!pple ensembles that will go down in fashion history.

To attend the Time100 Gala in April 2023, Kardashian went full bridal chic. She donned a quasi-mermaid slip dress with a pearlescent clutch — and went braless underneath.

Kim Kardashian wears a bra with built-in nipples from SKIMS.

Kardashian is such a massive advocate of freeing the n!pple, she’s helping others do the same. In Oct. 2023, she released a SKIMS bra with built-in pointy n!pples.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Kim Kardashian is seen in Soho on September 10, 2019 in New York ...

Another subtle n!p-forward ’fit, this one involved a metallic silver top paired with leather lace-up pants. Though, TBH, I think it’s her blunt bob that really put the finishing touch on this vibe.

Kim Kardashian wears a sparkly halter top tucked into leather pants in 2019.

The KUWTK alum rocked a chainmail halter top that was completely sheer and sooo sparkly. Tucked into a pair of high-waist leather pants, this look was a tutorial in mixing textures.

Kim Kardashian wears a gray co-ord set to the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards.

Kardashian, who was the Influencer Awardee at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards, looked like a sculpture come to life in a drapey, cream-colored co-ord. With that half-updo and gilded bangles, she channeled Antiquities luxe.

Kim Kardashian wears a sheer black tank top with long camo shorts in 2017.

Long camo jorts and a simple (yet cleavage-baring) black tank make for a grungy-cool pairing. To balance it out, she strapped her feet into rhinestone-encrusted sandals for just a touch of glamour.

Kim Kardashian attends the Givenchy PFW Spring 2017 show in a white lace slip dress and satin kimono...

Kardashian channeled a blushing bride in an ivory-on-ivory ensemble: a lacy slip covered by a silken kimono.

Kim Kardashian wears a head-to-toe purple outfit in 2017.

For a subtle take on the n!p-forward trend, Kardashian skipped the see-through material and, instead, donned a fitted knit top sans bra. The resulting ’fit — a monochromatic aubergine number — looked so chic.

Kim Kardashian wears a shiny slip dress and metallic silver slouchy boots in 2016.

This ’fit is completely representative of Kardashian’s style DNA: a fitted dress (this shiny lurex slip happens to be from Maison Margiela) and thigh-high statement boots.

Kim Kardashian wears a sheer black corset over a bra, cycling shorts, fuzzy slides, and a kimono in ...

Not everyone can make cycling shorts and fuzzy slides look saucy, but Kardashian puled it off. She paired the items unexpectedly with a see-through La Perla bra and buttoned corset.

Kim Kardashian wears a denim jacket, denim mini skirt, plastic thigh-high boots, and a sheer bra in ...

For a spicy take on the Canadian Tuxedo, look no further than the Kim Kardashian archives. She rocked a denim mini skirt paired with a jean jacket — left open to reveal yet another sheer La Perla bra.

Kim Kardashian wears a lace dress to attend the gala dinner for Vogue 100 in 2016.

To attend the Vogue 100 gala dinner, Kardashian stepped onto the red carpet in an intricately-beaded Roberto Cavalli sheer dress. So good.

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