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Thursday, April 15, 2010

(Quickie) How-To:

So while I procrastinate for my exam tomorrow morning, I randomly became inspired to talk about this new trend, of sheer, sheer fabric that is happening all over fashion lately. I've seen sheer done well, but...
(a.) It can be tricky to get it off the catwalk and onto the racks at your local mall.
(b.) I've seen some pretty high-end designers doing sheer in their collections, and frankly, most of these items I would ever wear in a million years. They tend to be frumpy, dowdy, or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, require exposure of what one is wearing underneath his or her clothes.

When I do come across an attractive sheer frock or blouse, I often have the thought that the particular item in question needs an additional something to wear under the flowing sheer cloud of fabric. For this reason I tend to shy away from sheer things, however tempting they may be, because they come with such a caveat. (Hey, I'm not an upper-east side heiress... unfortunately).

Despite my skepticism of sheer, I have also succumbed to the desire to have said item in my closet. In actuality, while I had this thought I realized I already own a sheer floral tube dress. Next came a confused progression of thoughts, such as, "how can I make this look fresh and new?" considering in the past I usually wore the dress on top of jeans.
This is the kind of piece that you can't just wear by itself, holding true to the nature of sheer fabric.

Here is what I came up with for this spring:

I may be a novice at vogueing (see: Madonna), but I wanted to be able to show the lovely sheer textile without showing my lingerie. I paired the sheer over American Apparel's convertible jersey dress in aqua. The underneath, I shall call it in this circumstance a slip, reveals a peek of blue straps tied in an effortless bow to one shoulder, with a tease of blue at the bottom. I would happily wear these pieces on any sunny, breezy, spring-y day without the worry of exposing myself to innocent & unsuspecting strangers.

In closing, let us sum up the moral of this story:
1. Sheer garments can be beautiful
2. You must choose your sheers wisely
3. Be aware of exposing parts of your body or undergarments to those who don't want to see them

1 comment:

roberta said...

I've noticed lots of sundresses in sheer fabrics in Philly. What I've seen has a very feminine affect and I almost want to say big city European (ie Parisian or Roman). I like your floppy blue bow--nice touch! xo