Saturday, April 30, 2011

Post #52: Trend Report - Summer's Almost Here...Get Sheer

            It's a commonly used phrase that "sex sells." And in fact, it's true. Advertisers use sexual imagery to their advantage all the time in movies, on TV, and in fashion ad campaigns. In fashion there are many ways to look "sexy." There's the iconic little black dress. Then there's lingerie. And finally, there are more subtle ways to be sexy yet classy. For example, this look from the L'Wren Scott Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear show is seductive yet fashionably classy:

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            This season "sheer" articles of clothing have graced the Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear runways, as well as the stores that most of us frequent. In fact, my inspiration for this post was seeing a girl wearing a sheer peach button-down shirt in Frank Dining Hall at dinner. Sheer is everywhere. And because this is a tough trend to navigate, I believe that a DOs and DON'Ts list is definitely in order. 

            DO: Try on a sheer button-down. If worn in a light color (stick to nudes, pinks, whites, and 
            salmons) with a bandeau or similarly colored bra and nice shorts or pants you'll look more classy 
            than slutty. 
            DON'T: Try on a sheer skirt. There is never any reason for anyone to see your underwear in 

Nylon Spandex Micro-Mesh Long Sleeve Button-Down from American Apparel
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            DO: Enjoy feeling slightly scandalous by wearing lace shirts with just a bra (maybe even in 
            black...the scandal!) underneath. 

Staring at Stars Crochet Flutter Sleeve Top                                    Leaf Flower Lace Loose  Tank    
        from Urban Outfitters                                                                 from American Apparel         

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            DON'T: Wear see-through shirts with nothing underneath them.

            DO: Get quirky and wear a shirt that interchanges opaque and sheer pieces of fabric. 

Ecote Voil Stripe Tee from Urban Outfitters
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            DON'T: Do this from head to toe and look a like Rihanna at the Grammy Awards. 

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            DO: Wear a sheer-backed lace bandeau underneath a dress with a low back. 
            DON'T: Wear more than one piece of sheer at a time. 

            It's getting close to summer and the weather is getting warmer. Sheer pieces are a great way to stay warm while still looking chic. Just remember to always wear something underneath. Pairing sheer tops with tanks, bandeaus, or even bras can look great (and always pair sheer dresses with slips). So have fun getting dressed...and remember to stay cool.

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