How to Pull Off This Tricky But Ultra-Feminine Trend
Feminine style doesn't always equate to dainty lace, ruffles galore, and bow-tie details. A simple fabric can make an outfit feel ultra-ladylike, and for spring, it's all about sheer layers. Yes, we're talking about see-through clothing, but in a more wearable way than you think — transparency is a leading theme for the season from PVC details to fisherman bags, after all.
Materials like organza, tulle, and silk cropped up on designer runways from Max Mara to Fendi to Marni (clearly the Italians are leaders in this arena) as an unforeseen coating to blazers, pants, and trench coats or in the form of totally sheer top and skirts (more on this later).
The trick to pulling off these diaphanous fabrics is by balancing with substantial pieces like rigid denim if you're taking a peek-a-boo top for a spin or as a whimsical overlay to cotton poplin shirts or simple slip dresses. If that sounds too stressful, you can easily choose a piece that comes with lining — in the case of pants, skirts, and dresses, many are only sheer at the bottom of the silhouette to eliminate a too-risky reveal. Translucent tops and jackets can easily be layered over bralettes, tees, and tanks, but certain styles only come with sheer sleeves or panels as a not-too-showy way to try the trend.
Think you're ready to try this fanciful trend? We've pulled 20 sheer pieces to push you toward yes.