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If there’s one thing characteristic of NYC style, it’s the unapologetic attitude one must have to wear what they want. I think that comes into play when deciding whether or not this trend is for you. Sheer looks on the runway have started to become a mainstream trend and with summer right around the corner, there’s no really no better time to give it a go.

On the runways, sheer options sprouted up in various forms. There was a definite playfulness to the Fendi Spring 2017 show that has trickled down through the silhouettes and the fabrications of the garments. Karl Lagerfeld has never been afraid to push the boundaries of classical femininity by blending different eras and motifs. Using sheer pieces as layers over 18th century inspired bloomers is just the kind of boldness I’ve been looking for this season. Many other designers took their turn interpreting sheer details, and Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior was no exception. Her debut collection featured a chic army of cool girls suited in embroidered tulle, delicate lace and of course a bit of leather.

Sheer looks, when done correctly, are perfect for warmer weather. You can stay somewhat covered up without sacrificing too much crucial breathability. Take for instance, the Lola wide leg pants from Haney and On The Island tiered dress. They would make clever cover-ups or daring daytime options with your favorite platform sandal. And because black never goes out of style, Bassike and Zimmermann offer pieces from both the utilitarian and romantic perspective. Not to mention, one could also use a few more sheer neutrals in their arsenal with pretty blush tones from Valentino and Farrow. But for those with a flair for the less conventional, may I recommend Swarovski adorned tulle socks from Pan and The Dream. Socks and sandals are back in style, why not take advantage?

I came to a realization after spending a couple of summers in the NYC heat: you do what it takes to survive. As dramatic as that may seem, it’s my undeniable truth. So with sheer fabrics hitting the market left and right, maybe this season will be just a bit more bearable for us all.

Brands we love: Eres “Poesy” Lace Top, Bassike Silk-organza Top, Haney “Lola” Wide-leg Pants, Marques’ Almeida Semi-sheer Floral-lace Dress, Valentino Semi-sheer Silk-chiffon Blouse, Zimmermann “Mercer” Embroidered Silk-georgette Top, Jil Sander Stretch-tulle Bomber Jacket, Chloé Ruffled Crocheted Mini DressChloé Ruffle-trimmed Stripe-print Crepe Dress, On The Island Tiered Semi-sheer Dress, Simon Miller “Kinney” Button Down, Farrow “Williams” Sheer Blouse, Which We Want Sheer Turtleneck, Pan & the Dream Superfine Tulle Sock w/ Swarovski Crystals


By Ariel Serano

Tags: Christian Dior / Fendi / runway / Sheer / Shopping

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