Runway Highlights: Top left-right: Chanel, Elie Saab, Christian Dior. Bottom left-right: Givency, Chanel, Sonia Rykiel.
To think of sheer, is often to think of natural, nude colours, often associated with lingerie. And this isn’t always the case. Sheer was a trend, was very dominant on the catwalks of Spring/Summer 2010, with most designers experimenting with sheer fabrics. Whether it was the odd sheer section here and there; a sleeve, hem or collar or completely sheer as with many pieces in the Dior collection.
It was apparent that sheer fabrics were going to be dominant in every woman’s SS10 wardrobes. Catwalk highlights outline many different ways to wear sheer; Elie Saab chose to use sheer fabrics for his evening dresses and Meadham Kirchoff gave off a more casual feel with sheers, overlaying a nude coloured sheer dress with a dark coloured t-shirt. Sonia Rykiels experimentation with sheer fabric bodie and sleeves, created a younger, fresher feel.
To wear this trend requires confidence and attention to detail. If you don’t want to go sheer from top-to-toe, slip on a pair of sheer stockings or tights, until you build up enough confidence to bear all. Failing that, opt for sheer inserts and details, such as sleeves and backs, swags or swathes. If you have a little bit confidence and you’re feeling a little cheeky, slip on a sheer-but-not-too-sheer blouse, over a beautiful lace bra. And you know that boring all tailored suit you wear for work or business meetings, with that bland pale shirt underneath? Why not opt for a sheer camisole instead?…if you don't mind keeping your jacket fastened.
Top left-right; Sheer Chemise – £395 – Burberry at Net-a-Porter, Sheer Embroided Blouse – £48 – Urban Outfitters, Silk Chiffon Cami – £325 – Jean Yu and Net-a-Porter. Bottom left-right; Lace Insert Dress – £48 – Urban Outfitters, Chiffon Blouse – £225 – D&G at Net-a-Porter, Cropped Lace Insert Top – £19.99 – Urban Outfitters.