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Spring trend alert: sheer styles to invest in

by Carlton Whitfield. Published Thu 20 Feb 2020 15:26

Despite the somewhat risqué appearance of sheer fabrics, their use dates all the way back to 3000 B.C. where they were a part of Ancient Indian dress and culture.

In more modern times, sheer fashion began to boom in the ‘50s with the introduction of chiffon and organza for women’s evening wear, giving dresses a sophisticated and elegant look. The ‘80s and ‘90s then saw the sheer trend re-imagined for the masses with a more youthful thanks to icons like Madonna sporting it.

It’s no wonder we have always been attracted to sheer and lacy items from lingerie to dresses. It’s pretty, feminine and girly and can be down-right raunchy too.

From virginal white wedding dresses to scarlet red underwear; sheer styles has been worn both under clothes and as a statement all by themselves. You can choose to go for the complete look dressed from inside out and top to toe if you wish, but wearing sheer fabrics in 2020 is all about getting the balance right for you.

Adding just the right amount of touches to an outfit helps to add a touch of romance, sexiness or sheer classiness or all three elements rolled into one!

You’re also going to see a real contemporary twist - think fitted sheer panel dress paired with casual trainers or mixed with leather for a more edgy look. The beauty of wholesale clothing is that you can mix and match a whole range of pieces and afford to experiment with a complete wardrobe of different sheer looks and here are 5 suggestions to help get you started:

Drama Queen

Nothing is more dramatic than a scallop lace pussy-bow blouse with HUGE puff sleeves – a nod to classic sheer blouses of decades gone by but with a feminine update. Wear with jeans and sneakers on a sunny day or glam it up to the max with a mini and heels for a night on the tiles.
Broderie Anglaise

This style of lace is French for English embroidery and you can literally look ‘ooh-la-la’ with a wrap over belted mini dress. Broderie Anglaise refers to a needlework technique featuring of embroidery, cutwork and needle lace and beautiful detailing to the sleeves can really draw the eye for a girly, glamorous look that makes you look as sweet as apple pie.

Raunchy Red

Nothing screams sexiness more than the colour red, but you can keep the look casual with a long-sleeved top featuring sheer lace sleeves. Wear with ripped jeans for a daytime casual look and you can even layer under a cardi or short-sleeved jumper to reveal just a glimpse of your sassy side.

Underwear is the new outerwear

For a truly unforgettable night out (or in) why not slip into a sheer panel dress. Ideal for a nude-allusion look or a daring statement in a bold colouring, sheer panel dresses are alluring without looking risqué.

Bare in a bodysuit

The bodysuit trend shows no sign of slowing so you just can’t go wrong with the versatility of a sheer lace bodysuit that can be pretty much worn with anything, on anyone and to suit any occasion. If you choose white, pink or stone then you can even wear under officewear to add a touch of glamour to your working day!

Play in a playsuit

We are sometimes lucky enough to get some scorching days in spring and so why not opt for a sheer playsuit? Team with a bralet and short for the perfect weekend look.



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