Red Carpet Trend: Side-Butt Is the New Sideboob


When Gwyneth Paltrow displayed her toned haunches in a sheer-paneled Antonio Berardi gown last night, she joined a resurgent red carpet trend: showing off the side of your butt. This spring, the trendiest part of the torso is the upper midriff. And the trendiest part of a celebrity's derriere is its sides.

This is the Cut's comprehensive guide to side-butt, featuring the hindquarters of Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Stewart, and Heidi Klum. Side-butt is the new sideboob.


1. Gwyneth's Beautiful Side-Butt
Named most beautiful woman and most hated celebrity in the same week, Gwyneth showed the beautiful sides of her body from waist to toe at the Iron Man 3 premiere. Her unapologetic body-flaunting could be interpreted as a cheeky joke for her haters: "Kiss my flawless yoga-toned ass," this dress says to them.

2. J.Lo's Resilient Side-Butt
Jennifer Lopez, an early adopter of slutty dress and butt-flaunting trends, showed her side-butt in late January. She wore a Kaufman Franco gown with a butt panel suspended by illusion netting to the Las Vegas premiere of Parker. The Floating Iceberg Butt Dress raised many questions, including, "What is the etiquette for going commando in a borrowed gown?" (Conclusion: Don't talk about it, just trust the dry cleaner.) The dress reminded us that three husbands and countless box-office flops later, there are two things J.Lo will never lose: her body and her bombastic style, which are all her personal brand needs, anyway. She's sold twenty perfume lines, for crying out loud.

3. Kristen Stewart's Defiant Side-Butt
Like Gwyneth, Kristen Stewart faced a corpus of haters when she wore a Zuhair Murad onesie to the London premiere of Breaking Dawn: Part 2. On the heels of her "trampire" cheating scandal, the heart-shaped panel on K.Stew's derriere said, "I'm here. I'm not leaving. Love me or hate me, I will not be ignored." Just as K.Stew alternately courts and thwarts public attention, her outfit paradoxically called attention to the covered middle of her butt and away from the lace-exposed sides.

4. Heidi Klum's Hot Divorcée Side-Butt 
A post-divorce Heidi Klum showed side-butt in a "somewhat scandalous" beaded gown at Elton John's Oscars party this year. Like upper-midriff-baring crop tops, side-butt-baring gowns reveal a rarely-bared part of the body that is not too prone to flab — but is very close to a part that is. Thus, bare side-butt creates the illusion of a revealing garment, without actually revealing much. (Unless, like Heidi's gown, it also reveals boobs.)

5. Julianne Hough's Modest Side-Butt
Side-butts can be demure, too. Julianne Hough demonstrated the softer side of side-butt at Rock of Ages' Los Angeles premiere, when she wore a stunning neon-yellow gown from designer Kaufman Franco, of the J.Lo Floating Iceberg Butt Dress. Kaufman Franco is the Bach of side-butt, offering deceptively simple variations on a theme.


No matter how demure, all modern butt exposure must pay homage to Rose McGowan's 1998 MTV VMA dress, which she wore as Marilyn Manson's date. It was the ultimate kiss-my-ass dress. Unlike the titillating side-butts of today, Rose McGowan's whole butt dared to go bare. (To quote Kanye West, "They can kiss my whole ass / More specifically they can kiss my asshole.")

* Correction: Kaufman Franco is not "he," but "they."