There are some trends that I genuinely believe are for Instagram's eyes only—there's no way you'd find certain looks down at your Tesco Express. But over time something funny can happen where we can become desensitised to some of fashion's more radical ideas and no more so than when they crop up time and again on your feed looking totally and utterly doable IRL. One such trend for spring 2021? See-through clothes. Once the garms of celebrities looking to drop jaws on the red carpet now we're seeing sheer mesh tops take off like crazy, big frou-frou tulle dresses filtering into high street stores and even peekaboo chainmail have a moment in the spotlight.
The trend, although popular on social media, does have its roots in the runway: For spring/summer 2021 many designers felt the need to shed layers and modesty for the warmer (perhaps more liberated?) months ahead. As Emma Spedding reports in her catwalk roundup, there was a lightness of touch when it came to brands such as Jil Sander, Dior and ACNE Studios employing soft, see-through chiffons, tulles and organzas in their new-season collections. This is less all-out sass and more whimsical and playful, but any given trend is up for interpretation so you may well find you want to take the concept to the maximum.
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For inspiration on how you can dip a toe in, I've compiled five examples of how this peekaboo detail is starting to shape up for the year. From the easy option (a big, semi-sheer blouse) to something more radical (full mesh head-to-toe look, anyone?) there are degrees of exposure you can choose from. Now go forth and be confident!