How To Wear The Sheer Trend

by Juan E. Romero

The Sheer Trend Envelops Spring 2014 Runways

Sheer, diaphanous designs were everywhere on the Spring 2014 runways. The sheer trend has always been a popular one and this season expect to see even more beautiful designs that elevate this look to new heights. Barely there looks were embraced by a multitude of designer collections such as Balenciaga, Rebecca Minkoff, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, Temperley London and Alberta Ferretti.

Every category was represented including beautiful sheer dresses, blouses, skirts and even pants. The styles were solid, printed and embellished with lace, jewels, crystals and appliqués of every conceivable kind. This trend is so broad that it encompasses all items of clothing and can be adopted very easily as there is no minimum of garments to choose from. The versatility of this look allows it to be combined with any of the other current styling, color and print trends.

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Alberta Ferretti Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Key fabrications include voile, tulle, organza, batiste and chiffon. An important design element are layered looks where the sheer fabric is draped or covers another more opaque fabric. This is an important detail as most women will defer to modesty and not want to expose too much skin for the sake of fashion. For those brave women with killer gym bodies, this trend is a new way to show off all their hard work to the world.

Other high-tech fabrications like mesh, plastic and sheer metallics were also presented to give this look an edgier more modern or athletic feel. Women have the option to choose from classic, romantic styles that evoke images of yesteryear or from more modern interpretations that look to the future for inspiration. Cédric Charlier, Giambattista Valli, Burberry Prorsum and Milly embraced this sleek, futuristic take in their Spring collections.

Milly Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Milly Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collection

This trend also seems to be making some inroads in menswear as shown by the styles shown in the collections of MAN, Richard Nicoll and Astrid Andersen. The jury is still out on whether this look will be embraced by the average Joe, but there are some interesting and beautiful designs emerging for men. As with their female counterparts, buff gym bodies are a must for any man who dares to wear sheer clothing.

Want to see more great examples of this ultra-feminine look? Visit my Pinterest board Sheer Delight! here. There you can see how the sheer trend is being worn and styled by women around the world. Do you plan on wearing some sexy sheer styles this season?

Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.