Sexy & Sheer
Never one to play it safe, Alice Dellal recently pulled off a particularly risqué version of the look at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City. Dellal turned heads in Alexander Wang's body-hugging Stretch Netting Embroidered Dress ($955) and a pair of peep-toe platform booties from Wang's new footwear collection-a straight-from-the-runway combo that definitely pushes the envelope.
Both Lindsay Lohan and Hana Soukupova also sported little black dresses sexed up with see-through elements for the premiere of Madonna's film, Filth and Wisdom, in NYC a few months ago. Since Dolce & Gabbana hosted the event, the starlets were each appropriately dressed in the designers' creations and patent footwear. A slightly-less-envelope-pushing interpretation of this trend was demonstrated by the lovely Emma Watson at the Los Angeles premiere of The Tales of Despereaux. Watson beamed in a stunning navy blue dress by the up-and-coming designer William Tempest and lace-up peep-toe heels. The invariably well-dressed young actress made an excellent choice with this dress: the silhouette is modest while the slightly sheer bodice and sleeves are a bit daring. The result is a look that's both age-appropriate and edgy-always an excellent combination!
While not all of us have the sylph-like physiques that it takes to pull off these form-fitting, mostly-transparent ensembles, there are several pieces with more subtle sheer attributes to consider. For instance, Milly's Paillette Shift Dress ($280) and Rag & Bone's Zhora Dress ($150) both offer effective, subtle renditions of the trend. You may also consider a frock of a lighter color, like Pencey's Deco Dress ($428). If you want to apply the trend to your work wardrobe, just remember that a little sheer goes a long way! Try pairing Valentino Roma's Sheer Knit Top ($690) with a blazer, or even consider layering Alexander Wang's Knit Tank ($425) with a thin tank and a cardigan, for an unexpected and sophisticated ensemble.-Jessica Amento
Photo of Emma Watson, Splash News.