Ashley Graham Subverts the Classic White Sundress in Semi-Sheer Crochet

She added some supermodel flair to the summer essential.

Asshley Graham wearing a semi-sheer white Simkhai sundress in New York City July 2024
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After the whirlwind that was Paris Haute Couture Week, Ashley Graham is finally back on her usual street-style beat. During today's sighting, Graham proved that the only way to beat the New York City summer heat and humidity is with a semi-sheer crochet sundress.

In her latest appearance on Wednesday, July 10, Graham stopped by Ulta in Midtown for a private event. She was captured heading inside the store wearing a white crochet midi dress from Simkhai. Priced at $1,295, the piece included a wavy crochet pattern embroidered on top of a semi-sheer lace lining.

Asshley Graham wearing a semi-sheer white Simkhai sundress in New York City July 2024

Ashley Graham headed to an Ulta event in New York City wearing a nearly-naked dress from Simkhai.

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While the original silhouette has thin straps, Graham seems to have opted out of them, tucking them into her bodice to accentuate the sweetheart neckline and create a strapless finish.

Asshley Graham wearing a semi-sheer white Simkhai sundress in New York City July 2024

Ashley Graham accessorized her summer street-style look with white Miu Miu sunglasses and Jacquemus sandals.

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The 36-year-old went simple on the accessories front. She ditched the jewelry except for a simple pair of gold hoop earrings. She also wore white Miu Miu rectangular sunglasses and completed her look with white gold-chained sandals by Jacquemus.

Graham's New York street-style sighting comes weeks after she was last seen at Paris Haute Couture Week. In June, she attended the Balenciaga show, heading to the front row in a black slit-adorned gown. In true Balenciaga fashion, she went the subversive route, pairing the dress with an oversized blazer and strappy heels.

Balenciaga Fall 2024 Haute Couture show in Paris June 2024

In June, Ashley Graham did a complete 180 at the Balenciaga Haute Couture show, wearing a black slit dress with an oversized blazer and sandals.

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Graham's recent look taps into two of this season's biggest trends at once: sheer fabrics and breezy sundresses. While the sheer trend is nothing new, it has remained a celebrity favorite over the past couple of years —especially for summer—for being both breathable and daring. Not only has the sheer trend—think lace, mesh, and see-through fabrics—been captured on the catwalk time and again, but stars from Kendall Jenner to Hailey Bieber and many, many more have co-signed it as a wardrobe regular, especially as a standalone, at this point.

Graham's high-fashion expertise has clearly guided her decision to not just pull out the nearly-naked look, but to wear it in a one-and-done sundress version—another closet staple that is well-established for being easy, effective, and extremely versatile. Graham proves there's nothing like making a fashion statement with only one piece.

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India Roby
Freelance Fashion Writer

Born and raised in Memphis, India Roby is a freelance journalist based in New York City. In 2021, India graduated from The New School with a Bachelor’s in Journalism + Design and a minor in Fashion Communication.

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