10 Stars Who Prove Demure Can Be Sexy, Too

After a little time out of the spotlight, actress Keira Knightley is hitting the red carpet once again, kicking off her Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit press tour last night in Hollywood with a cute-but-tame navy Chanel dress. It may border on French maid, but Knightley’s look just goes to show that despite all the down-to-there necklines and bare-it-all gowns we see strutting down the red carpet, covered-up looks can be some of the sexiest around. To further state our case, we give you 10 stars who are living proof that demure can look divine, too.

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Emma Stone in Valentino

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Leave it to everyone’s favorite starlet to prove that girly can be glamorous, especially when it involves smokey eyes, peek-a-boo sleeves, and hot-pink chiffon.

Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta

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Crop tops don’t always equal belly-baring, but they do equal steamy, even when worn with a prim-and-proper ensemble like Zooey Deschanel’s.

Nina Dobrev in Elie Saab

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The Vampire Diaries star shows that basic really can be beautiful, especially when paired with a red-hot hue and the slightest sliver of skin.

Julianne Hough in Halston Heritage

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Balancing a full-length skirt with a bright hue and bare shoulders helps take actress Julianne Hough’s summery look from boring to breathtaking.

Diane Kruger in Calvin Klein

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Everyone loves a lady in white, especially when it’s as sleek and sexy — and far from angelic — as this all-covered-up gown on actress and model Diane Kruger.

Fan Bing Bing in Valentino

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Florals, chiffon, and ruffles may be ultra-girly and feminine, but actress Fan Bing Bing is the ultimate proof that they combine to make one alluring look.

Allison Williams in Misha Nonoo

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Looking laid-back and refined as ever, Girls star Allison Williams proves that a classic black-and-white combo — plus a little sheer paneling — is the simplest way to up the sex factor.

Katy Perry in Elie Saab Couture

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Decked out in blue from head to toe, pop star Katy Perry knows that all it takes to look smoking hot are a beaded gown, a cinched waist, and a shoulder-bearing boatneck.

Kerry Washington in Louis Vuitton

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In one of her chicest looks ever, Scandal star Kerry Washington covers up while showing off in the cutest way possible with a mod tea-length dress, sleek white heels, and a playful bow, to boot.

Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs

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She may be all layered up, but it girl Alexa Chung knows how to bring the heat with leather paneling, strappy heels, and ‘60s-inspired hair and makeup.