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Sheer Joy

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It is sheer genius, or just sheer outrageous? Designers and fashionistas everywhere are craving the sexy see-through look for Spring. From frothy layered frocks to dreamy translucent chiffon blouses with nothing underneath, it’s chic to be sheer.

Fashion powerhouses Chanel and Louis Vuitton ran with the trend; Chanel showed sheer layers under and over architectural, mixed-media dresses in demure black, while at Louis Vuitton lacy overlays intricately printed with the brand's signature monogram topped hot pants, skirts, and jewel-toned chiffon blouses with plunging necklines. Hermes’ equestrian-inspired garb took on a darkly ethereal vibe with long, floating sleeves and capes in diaphanous black fabrics. Basic blouses and simply cut skirts and dresses got an update at Chloé, who showed the sheer trend in minimalist whites, blacks, and nudes.

But how much do you dare to bare? While its fine for supermodels to strut the catwalks in head-to-toe tulle, we hardly think you’ll adopt that same perspective when strutting your own stuff down the street. Luckily, there are many saucy ways to do sheer according to the occasion and how risqué you’re willing to be.

ASOS, Elizabeth and James, Reiss, Alexander Wang© ASOS, Elizabeth and James, Reiss, Alexander Wang

Sheer is sexy, there’s no doubt about it, but there is a way to subdue the trend for daytime; try a casual cami in a bright, juicy color over a cotton bandeau. The ASOS Sheer Cropped Camisole comes in bright fuchsia, and is the perfect complement to your favorite faded jeans or cut-offs. Try this out with another one of our favorite Spring trends and rock it with 70’s inspired high-waist flares and chunky sandals, a floppy wide-brimmed sunhat, and shimmering pendant necklace.

Every girl needs a beautiful Spring dress – something pretty, and easy to wear. The Delia Dress by Elizabeth and James is sheer brilliance at its best. The flouncy, handkerchief hem and mixed, graphic floral pattern look fabulous in sheer silk, without showing too much skin underneath. This dress may be bold, but it’s also versatile; wear it during the day with flat, metallic sandals and bangle bracelets, and dress it up at night with black patent platforms and flashy earrings.

Work some sheer sexiness into your after-hours wardrobe in the Charlie Silk Shirt from Reiss. Made from completely sheer leopard print, we could see this worn over a bandeau in black or hot, hot pink, or – if you’re feeling brave – your prettiest black bra or bustier. Then, tuck it into sleek black shorts or a mini skirt and add peep-toe wedges for going-out goodness. Or, take a more covered-up approach and layer this top over a black tank and leggings.

Alexander Wang lends his stylish downtown sensibility to the Stretch-jersey and Silk-chiffon Dress. This cocktail mini has a cool, criss-cross bodice with triangular cut outs on either side, and swishy black pleated skirt. The back panel is sheer to the waist, culminating in delicious ruching around the middle; we love the contrasting sheer and opaque blocking. This fancy frock would dazzle with sky-high satin shoes and sparkly accessories, or even pretty little flats and a tailored tuxedo-style jacket.

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Amber @
08:21AM on March 16, 2011
What a great post! I really like this blog!
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