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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.