Sheer fabric is back as one of 2008's fashion trends. But don't worry - it's not about tight, see-through tops, and dresses that scream 'look at me' as we saw in the 1990s. Run your eyes over the Spring / Summer 2008 runway collections and you'll find sheer fabrics used in delicate, feminine ways - from loose, flowing tops to pretty blouses to dresses layered with sheer fabrics.
Not limited to the usual though, 2008 also ushers in sheer skirts
and pants - pair them with more modest bloomers or boy-shorts rather
than a skimpy thong and you'll keep the look elegant.
elegance really is the key to wearing the sheer fashion trend this
year. While it was last at its most popular in the 1990s, it was in
2006 that it last hit our radar.
2006 runway pieces by Christian Dior, Costume National, Alessandro Dell'Acqua
Back then it was almost too sensual, and we weren't yet ready for it
(consider the level of nudity shown in fashion titles such as Vogue in
2006 in comparison to current issues). When it did get featured in
public, particular elements of a fashion piece were sheer and they
seldom revealed anything. Consider 2006's sheer necklines trend, seen
here on Salma Hayek, Natalie Portman, and Lucy Liu.
For this look to last through 2008, stick to quality fabrics and
classic colours. Pieces should have enough room to fit layers
underneath if you want to take them from Spring to Autumn.