What Lies Beneath – Sophisticated, Saucy, Sultry – You Choose.
It’s hard to actually put your finger on when the fashion world, or indeed New Zealand Fashion Designers, fell in love with the sheer look. We’ve certainly seen it in many forms, but it has undoubtedly evolved over this time. Admittedly when it first hit it was bordering on risqué in some cases, and unless you were happy mooching around town in effectively nothing more than your undies, it probably wasn’t for you. I have to say I tried to get on the bandwagon, and took home what was in fact a completely transparent dress. Well, after a lot of staring at myself in a full-length mirror, and forwarding photos to frank friends, I reached the conclusion that I would give this look a miss for now.
But never say never is my fashion motto, and with the evolution and sophistication of the looks that we’re now seeing, well I’m definitely jumping into the ‘if you can’t beat them then get your good undies out and join them’, category.
Moss & Spy
Moss & Spy has absolutely knocked the ball out of the park with the sheer trend, and the label is bringing us diaphanous to die for. In a stunning organza the Lucette Blouse is just sheer enough to tease, but at no point is it too revealing - slip the Lisel silk satin Cami underneath and it’s a showstopper. Go all out and team with the Viktoria Skirt for a look that is so romantic, but at the same time so super stylish, you’ll be covered for literally any occasion.
Of course if we’re talking sheer loveliness you can count on Trelise Cooper to come to the party. She has been playing with variations on this theme for a few seasons and across her labels has flirted with everything from racy to avant-garde. This season though, she has honed her skill, and found myriad ways to embrace the see-through look while still maintaining a modicum of modesty. Case in point, the Trelise Cooper Sheer Delight Top, which in pure silk chiffon comes with a matching slip, so no panic here. A relaxed fit with a ruffled hem feature, this is certainly a go-to piece for instant pizazz. Embracing the trend the Curate Metal Head Top is not super see-through, but will give a glimpse beneath. With its hi-low hemline and sequin feature, it’s a top that lends itself to dressy or casual, you can pick your undies to suit the occasion. Definitely pushing the boundaries a smidge more, the Cooper Tiers In Heaven Dress is a frothy delight of hand embroidered mesh tiers that flounce all the way down to maxi length. Wee sparkling stars draw the eye, and the gorgeous creamy blush tone is perfect with nude underwear or a slip underneath.
Trelise Cooper Sheer Delight Top $429, Curate Metal Head Top $229, Cooper Tiers In Heaven Dress $499
Another label that has been super smart with its use of transparent fabrics is Twinset. The Mirror Embroidery Dress is naughty and nice all rolled up in one beautiful creation. This dress can definitely be as edgy or as formal as you choose, depending on how it’s styled. Tulle, sequins and stones all come together in one glorious package. Now for those more comfortable with showing off their legs than their midriff, the Tie Hem Pants are perfection. A sneaky pair of inner shorts saves from panicking about the decency factor, but the soft fall of the fabric, and the ever-flattering style ensures that these are indeed sheer sophistication.
Twinset Mirror Embroidery Dress $899, Twinset Glitter Square Neck Dress $1,049, Twinset Georgette Tie Hem Pants $445, Chaos & Harmony Quest Flat Mule $299
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Written By Nicky Adams