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Trend Alert: Sheer layering

Trend Alert: Sheer layering

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Sheer, mesh and lace layering is fast becoming a trend on the catwalk as we have seen from NYFW and LFW. The trend exudes edgy, sexy style and is the perfect transition from autumnal layers to cool summer chic. However, it’s not one easy to pull off in many circumstances. So, I’m here to help with a three step guide to get your sheer on!


   1.   Pick your type of sheer

(From left to right: Bora Aksu, Sibling, Simone Rocha, Sophie Theallet, Marchesa)

Firstly, start out by picking your sheer! There’s different kinds for different looks. You may want to go bold, bright and feminine with a coloured sheer such as seen at Bora Aksu’s show, which used embroidered sheer fabric for a summery bohemian look. For something more daring, you can go for a fishnetted sheet like Sibling or Sophie Theallet. Nude shades that differ from your skin colour can also be very beautiful, like the lace seen at Marchesa with opaque piping. You may also want to choose a sheer that has more coverage and is almost opaque such as the patterned dresses at Simone Rocha. Many high street stores and boutiques such as Oh My Love and Topshop include mesh inserts into their clothing whilst still maintaining a wearable look!
       2.   Choose a good foundation


(L-R: Givenchy, David Koma, Marchesa, Vera Wang)

There’s no use wearing anything sheer when you are wearing a tattered old M&S bra, or showing a little too much at that event with a g-string! Invest in good but basic foundation underwear that is opaque and fits you well. You can go for the old faithful black t-shirt bra such as shown at Givenchy layered under lace, or something more structural like the one-shoulder bandeau at David Koma. Marchesa also shows that high waisted hot-pants are a great staple under sheer dresses, or you can go for something with a little more coverage yet contrast such as at Vera Wang. You could also pair a opaque black body from American Apparel with your sheer pieces, or buy simple opaque pieces like a mini skirt or bodycon dress to layer underneath for more coverage.


   3.   Layer it up

      (L-R: JW Anderson, Vera Wang, Ccuoco, Givenchy)


Now finally, layer it up! A experimental way of doing this and creating a less transparent look is to layer with more sheer fabrics seen at Sibling. This look can also look complete with a loosely tailored jacket like Vera Wang, or paired up with silk wide leg trousers at Givenchy. Or simply go it alone and make a statement like Ccuoco’s sheer flares! Raid vintage shops for unique pieces to layer up and complete your look.

Becky Lightbody

All pictures from Vogue.com