Fashion & Beauty


September 22, 2015



See-through blouses on the fall 2015 runways of Carven (left) and Altuzarra (right).

SHOWING A LOT OF SKIN or baring it behind sheer or translucent fabrics was practically a requirement for the Met Costume Institute gala ball last May. Not surprisingly, divas like BeyoncéJennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian took it to extremes. If you’ve got it, flaunt it? Maybe.

Anyway, the transparent look, strong for spring, continues into fall, with clothing that exposes shoulders, arms, midriffs and knees. Like many trends in fashion, a little goes a long way. Carven’s lace blouse (top photo, left) can migrate to everyday; Altuzarra’s (top photo, right), not so much. How much transparency will you go for? Below, some examples of various levels of see-throughness.
Cushnie et Ochs, Mesh Panel Sheath Dress, $1,595.00

Cushnie et Ochs’s mesh panel sheath dress ($1,595, is for those with the best bodies and/or the fearless.

 Self-Portrait, Embroidered tulle and organza midi dress $520

Self-Portrait’s dark-blue tulle and organza midi dress ($520, net-a-porter), with lattice cut-outs, covering the chest, the midriff in the front and the upper thigh, is only modestly revealing in comparison.

 By Malene Birger, Dipso laser-cut cotton culottes, $395

And By Malene Birger’s laser-cut cotton culottes ($395, net-a-porter), satin-lined to the thigh, gives only a glimpse of leg above and below the knee.


Elie Tahari Maxina Sheer Sleeve Turtleneck $248

The most classic of covered-up looks, a turtleneck ($248, Saks Fifth Avenue), from Elie Tahari, gets a breather from sheer sleeves.



Plaid Silk Shirt, $245.00, Sheer silk georgette meets a rustic plaid pattern in this airy shirt. For a downtown-ready look, style it with a moto-inspired pant and a fringed bag.

Another classic, the plaid shirt, goes from rustic to sexy, thanks to a reinterpretation in a silky sheer fabric. $245, Ralph Lauren.


— Janet Kelly

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