Sheer Madness; The Trend To Sport This SeasonJuly 02, 2021
A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity,” the Dalai Lama once said.
The breakout trend of the year didn’t get this memo. The spring/summer 21 runways have been rife with billowing chiffon gowns at Dior to the tulle tops and tango dresses at Maison Margiela, layered gauzy separates in tonal colours at Jil Sander to organza minis over a sculptural bodysuit at Sportsmax.
Source: Sportsmax and Maison Margiela SS21
The style chameleon Beyonce was recently sporting the trend in a sheer mesh mini-dress by UK label Aune’. We are labelling this trend – sheer joy.
A trend that is hard to miss.
Why a sudden resurgence of this trend? I believe sheer clothing can be both sensual and intimate, the way it can be layered to conceal and reveal. It is liberating.
Having buckled to this lovely trend, I have incorporated transparent elements into my collections. I wanted to play with the idea of being able to expose or cover-up at the wearer’s leisure: leg revealing maxi skirts were overlaid with clever tulles and appliques, while silky satin long tunics had the sensuality of black mesh at the back to reveal skin.
Of course, not everyone is willing to go all out just yet. Indeed, there are plenty of ways to embrace the season’s sheer trend without bearing it all. The Kahmara skirt can be worn over trousers or tights, the Khejri classic kurta set will look just as elegant with a silk slip or a complimentary bra underneath the sheer back.
Source: DinaUdupa Khamara Maxi Skirt
An important factor to note in styling sheer clothing is about putting it in context; about finding a balance. A way to wear sheer pieces without feeling too ‘revealed’ is to simply layer it up in a manner that feels right and comfortable to you.