Spring Summer 2013 Trend Report: Sheer

spring summer 2013 trends sheer

For spring summer 2013 you’d be hard pressed to find a designer that didn’t feature at least one sheer look in their collection, while some designers even based their entire collections on sheer ensembles. One thing’s for sure come spring summer, we’re going to need some pretty amazing undergarments as they’ll all be on show for the world to see with this trend. I suppose the best news is that designers weren’t sending sheer garments down the runway with thongs on show underneath. Everyone from Donna Karan to Felder Felder were showing off a full supported brief underneath their dresses and separates.

Taking a closer look at the sheer trend for spring summer 2013, designers all used the look in different ways. Felder Felder created sheer prints. Their broken butterfly wings created a sort of leopard print sheer that was worn sans bra and with what many would call “granny panties” underneath. The trend was also seen on Emilio Pucci‘s catwalk, however this sheer was a more embellished look. It may be see-through but the focus is not entirely on what’s underneath the garment but rather the fantastic detail that is layered onto the garment itself. Donna Karan took a similar approach in what we are terming the “classy sheer”. While her dresses were fantastically sexy with the sheer element, they were also wonderfully beautiful and rich in detail with the eye being drawn downwards towards the foot of the dress where a print was revealed. Finally we turn out heads to more exotics uses of the sheer trend. Christopher Kane‘s surprised us all with sheer rubber separates. Honestly, who could have expected that, but you’ll hear no complaints here? And then we have Alice Temperley who gave us a classic girl with a trendy twist, thanks to sheer panelling.

So how do you wear this trend when the time comes around? Well we all know not all catwalk makes it straight to sidewalk so don’t quiver in fear thinking that you’ll be forced to show off some big underwear on a daily basis. I think when we see the true runway looks come to be worn on the street, you’ll find many a slip involved in allowing for maximum coverage. However, when it comes to the high street you’ll most likely see sheer as an overlay on otherwise basic garments or sheer blouses with embellishments making a comeback. This trend is all about giving that extra bit of romance and risk to your wardrobe. So work it as you dare. If you’re feeling full on sheer, rock it like no other. If you want maximum coverage opt for great underpinnings. Either way, make sure you have sheer in your closet for Spring Summer 2013.


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