Jennifer Lopez Transforms a Semi-Sheer, Backwards Beach Cover-Up Into Evening Attire

Of course J.Lo can make vacationwear work for an elegant evening.

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Jennifer Lopez has always been a fan of high-low looks and mixing the casual with the classy, pairing fur coats and baseball caps, sweatpants with Birkin bags. Over the weekend, J.Lo decided to branch out in several directions at once, merging naked dressing and vacation dressing with a sheer—and backwards—crochet dress.

Lopez was spotted hitting the town in an all-beige look late on Saturday, June 8. Her outfit included a rare, cream-colored crocodile Birkin bag and crushed velvet peep-toe platform heels from Elie Saab—accessories typical of Lopez's lineup. Then there was her floor-length knit maxi dress by Song of Style with long bell sleeves—worn backwards. The singer-slash-entertainer also accessorized with big Jenny From The Block hoops and her classic slicked back ponytail.

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Jennifer Lopez makes a departure from her signature street style in a sheer vacation dress.

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On Revolve's website, the "Song of Style Idra Open Stitch Maxi Dress in Ivory" listing shows a model wearing cheeky briefs under the sheer number, with a line of three keyholes running from neck to belly button. In the weekend photographs, however, Lopez wore the dress in reverse, with keyholes on her back, giving her a boatneck neckline instead of a plunging cut. (And honestly, it looks even better.) Unfortunately, Lopez's dress is sold out.

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Jennifer Lopez wears crocheted cover-up to dinner—backwards.

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Lopez is the latest to join in on the "cover-up as an evening dress" trend. Last week, Kaia Gerber wore a little black vacation dress alongside Camila Morrone, clad in a see-through knit set. We're bound to see more (skin) where that came from as the weather heats up and mesh continues its fashion takeover.

Lopez's recent street style has been elevated, yet minimal with neutral tones. Over the weekend, she wore a simple white tank and baggy, high-waisted khaki pants. Last week she also put her spin on dressing for work with a plaid blazer and extra-wide-leg jeans with a frayed hem.

As summer gets into full swing, Lopez's unconventional, backwards styling hack might be just the way to elevate your same-old beach cover-ups. Shop pieces inspired by her crochet look to wear whichever way you please, below.

Julia Gray

Julia Gray is a contributing fashion writer at Marie Claire, where she covers runway trends, celebrity style, and shopping. In her six years as a journalist, Julia’s reporting has ranged across style, music, Internet culture, art, retail, tech, and more. In addition to Marie Claire, Julia writes for outlets like the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Ringer, New York Magazine, Pitchfork, Nylon, and Vice, among others. Julia's fashion reporting is led by curiosity. Julia is not only interested in critiquing and covering pop culture, but in understanding what our pop culture says about how we live and modern values. When she’s not writing, Julia hosts a podcast called Girls Room, where she and her co-host revisit shows like Girls and Gossip Girl from the beginning with guests like comedian Cat Cohen and writer Hunter Harris. Girls Room was recently cited in the New York Times.