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 Beyoncé, Jennifer 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’s mesh panel sheath dress ($1,595, shopbop.com) is for those with the best bodies and/or the fearless.
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.
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.
The most classic of covered-up looks, a turtleneck ($248, Saks Fifth Avenue), from Elie Tahari, gets a breather from sheer sleeves.
Another classic, the plaid shirt, goes from rustic to sexy, thanks to a reinterpretation in a silky sheer fabric. $245, Ralph Lauren.
— Janet Kelly