Micaela Schaefer made headlines this week with her very daring tape dress at the Men In Black 3 premiere. But did the dress cross the line between sexy sideboob and everything-but-the-nipple? Famous for her nearly nude outfits and a nipple slip, Micaela was a contestant on Germany’s Next Top Model, hosted by Heidi Klum.
Not only did the Men In Black 3 premiere dress leave people wondering “How much sideboob is too much?” it also blew away as she walked up the stairs to reveal a black thong.
Nearly nude, strategically placed stripes of fabric (or VHS tape) aside, is sideboob sexy? First, perhaps we should define it…
What is Sideboob?
The cleavage between a woman’s breasts which is revealed by low cut clothing or the outer-side of the breast which is revealed when the sides of a shirt or dress are low cut.
Sideboob is also sometimes called side cleavage or sidewinders. It should not be confused with underboob, which is when the underside of the breast is exposed. Underboob is also referred to as neathage (underneath + cleavage), bottom cleavage, Australian cleavage, or reverse cleavage.
When did the Sideboob get so Popular?
Well, like most fashion trends, the sideboob has been popularized by celebrity women, mostly in the United States. Most recently, shots of Chloe Sevigny, Olivia Wilde, Eva Longoria, Rachel McAdams, and Sofia Vergara have featured sideboob. Micaela Schaefer is in some pretty good company and obviously it’s not just attention seeking German models who are flashing their side cleavage, but some of Hollywood’s most beautiful women.
So is sideboob sexy?
It obviously depends on the person and the outfit. Although I have an ample D-cup, they are all-natural, which means my sideboob isn’t nearly as sexy as regular cleavage. But for women with small natural breasts or implants, sideboobs and the right outfit can be super sexy.