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Monday, March 3, 2014

A Sheer Thing




What is with the nudity on the runway these days? I like sheer tops and all but seeing exposed bosoms on the runway is just not my thing. Kendall Jenner is the latest It girl to have the dubious honor of walking the runway breasts exposed. I just don’t understand the appeal. Do designers truly think this is an attractive runway look or are they just caught up in the shock value of it? Kendall Jenner’s modeling career has been the topic of many fashion publications and entertainment shows since she modeled during New York Fashion Week in Marc Jacobs show. Her fame has really started to rise based on that particular modeling gig. She recently stated that she has heard the buzz about it but she hasn’t really followed the reactions to the look. She may not be tracking the social buzz but the media has gone berserk over since she walked the runway in an outfit that included a transparent shirt. The above look from Anthony Vaccarello's Milan runway show is one that I can get down with because the look is styled to tantalize not to expose. The outfit is one of my favorite sheer runway looks because it proves that some designers are true masters of that fine line between sexy and trashy. Photo credit: Style.com

I am a supporter of including sheer pieces in an outfit when it is evident that the taste factor has been considered. I have included in this post additional sheer looks from the runways that I love because they prove that the line between seductive and vulgar can be straddled with finesse. I will confess, however, that some of the same designers responsible for the looks displayed throughout this post were also the owners of other looks that raised my brows. I have deliberately chosen not to display  those looks here because I do not feel that additional exposure is needed for those types of scantily clad looks. I have, instead, chosen to highlight how designers have used sheer pieces to create elegant looks. I can not deny the chic factor the look below has even though when the coat does not softly fold down as the model glides the model's breasts are exposed. It is completely unrealistic to wear a coat around all day to keep the breasts covered; hence, the need for a bra, preferably, in a nude shade.


Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014 RTW; Source

Why are some designers averse to pairing their transparent creations with basic undergarments? Can’t they just do like a few of their peers and add a couple of pockets are layers over the breasts area? When I first saw the no-bra sheer top look a few seasons ago my initial thought was did the stylists forget to make sure the models were wearing bras? I realized the truth, a few seasons ago, which is that for some mysterious reason a few designers think it is acceptable to have models display their wares for the public. I was always taught the importance of wearing proper undergarments when out in public so I continue to cringe whenever I see models walk the runways without the proper underlayers. Miuccia Prada's Milan runway collection of sheer looks was a smashing success because she understands how to do sheer the right way.

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Not only are bras being left behind in the dressing area but the deliberate exposure of panties is just completely breaking acceptable attire protocols. Now that panties have also joined the fray it is getting to be unseemly. A few designers have decided to pair sheer dresses and skirts with panties that clearly are not in the same color family as the sheer garments. Mixing a black sheer skirt, for example, with white print underwear just reads tacky to me. I am not making this up. I actually saw this while browsing one of several runway show feeds lately. We all have pet peeves and this is one of mine.

The look below, from Burberry Prorsum, is the epitome of how undergarments can be incorporated into an outfit without becoming the center of attention. I can not resist adding, however, that due to my modesty if I had the pleasure of wearing such an outfit I would add a half slip beneath the skirt. This look, however, is so successful because the shade of the undergarments blends in so effectively with the color of the sheer pieces.


Spring 2014 RTW; Source

I tend to pair my sheer garments with black or nude lingerie depending upon the shade of the sheer garment. That is just one of the cardinal rules I learned along the way. Rules can be broken but I tend not to stray from that one. I can get quite adventurous with how I dress but revert to a more classic style when incorporating sheer garments in an outfit. It is for this reason that I consistently choose to pair my sheer pieces with camisoles, blazers and vests. How do you style your sheer garments? I would love to know. Perhaps, I can include some of your tips in my style repertoire.

Before I depart, I want to share a few sheer looks from one of my favorite runway shows, Cushnie et Ochs. Let me know what you think. Which designers, not featured in my post, do you think had the best sheer looks?

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56 comments:

  1. These look great. I like sheer fabrics. Thanks for visiting my blog...I hope you have a great week xx

    The Dainty Dolls House

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  2. I don't like outfits where the bosoms are exposed, but I like sheer fabrics. I think it's important to select suitable bra for this kind of fabric. The sixth one look is really great!
    Thanks for your comment:)

    jointyicroissanty.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for visiting. Cushnie Et Ochs collection was my favorite. The last look is so classy.

      Sharon

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  3. Nice selection!
    Marina
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  5. I'm in total agreement with you. Sheer black top equals black bra. I'm so glad to know I was not the only person who found bare breasts on the runway to be quite ridiculous. Thanks for stopping by my page the other day I love your blog will be following :-)

    xo
    Camille
    Guilty of Glitz

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      Sharon

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  7. great post!
    http://antapal.blogspot.gr

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  8. Wow ive never visited this blog before bt my first time has left a lasting inpression. Please follow me on gfc and bloglovin nd ill follow back. Thank u for u time...

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    1. Hi, Theresa:

      Thanks for your kind words. I have followed you on GFC and Bloglovin. I hope you can follow back.

      Sharon

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  9. Great colecction! It's pretty.

    xx
    http://unachicasual.blogspot.com.es/

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      Sharon

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  10. Great pictures. *haha* It's all for the dramatic affect for the no bra. Interesting thoughts though. =)

    Hazel
    www.theskimplelife.com

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      They are bringing drama alright. Thanks for visiting.

      Sharon

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  12. So inspiring! I'm happy I found your blog! :)

    Feel free to visit my blog as well! You will find tips on fashion, beauty, personal growth and health between others! <3

    Diana
    www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
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    1. Thanks, Diana:

      Your blog is fantastic. You cover multiple topics very well and really communicate in a personable manner with your readers. You have a lot of exciting things going on. I wish you all the best with your boutique.

      Sharon

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  13. I love all photos!!! :):):) http://outsidefashioncatwalk.blogspot.com.es/

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      Sharon

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  14. Hi Sharon,
    I love the concepts you write on and how well you try to get you opinions across to the rest of the world. I think its awesome as a blogger to be able to speak as freely as you do about a topic.

    This is a great post and I love the photos you chose.

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your contribution. I am your new follower.

    Regards,
    Belinda.

    http://thewritingsofaghanaiangirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Belinda. I appreciate that my hard work is recognized. I spend a lot of time putting posts together because I always want to produce quality posts. I have followed you back on GFC.

      Sharon

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  15. Great looks! nice selection!
    kisses
    Ann'so M
    http://annsom.blogspot.fr/

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      Sharon

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  16. nice inspiration
    xo

    http://devsnochaos.blogspot.fr/

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      Sharon

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    2. sorry but i dont have bloglovin
      just gfc

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  17. thank you dear
    will be happy to follow each other
    so i follow you now
    xo

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  18. Thanks for sharing this. I like sheer and I am glad it stays here for Spring and Fall. I love the pictures that you selected, especially the ones from Miuccia Prada.

    http://robesandgarments.blogspot.com

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    1. I am glad you like the post. I think sheer pieces will remain popular this year. I am glad you decided to leave a comment. I appreciate it.

      Sharon

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  19. perfeect! love all models

    www.donnaiveh.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much. I appreciate your comment about the post and am glad you liked some of the runway looks.

      Sharon

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  20. Sheer outfits, when they are done in a subtle and classy way, make a woman look sophisticated and utterly flirty without even trying...

    www.madelienerose.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Madeliene. I agree that sheer garments can be quite elegant when matched with proper pieces. I appreciate your visit to my blog. I hope you enjoy your weekend.

      Sharon

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  21. very inspirational! love love love!

    www.laurinawong.com

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  22. Nice post!!!
    Marina
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  23. Love them all esp the first pic!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I followed you, hope you followed back.

    Also, check out my new lookbook video. :)

    Gian by Design Lookbook Vlog

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  24. Very well written, and good looks you chose to show. The first model looks like Keira Knightly, no? xx

    I'd also love if you could check out my blog as well: http://afashionneverland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi, Caroline:

      Thank you for the compliment. I really like your blog. I have followed you on Bloglovin and, yes, the first model does resemble Keira Knightley.

      Sharon

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  25. All of these photos are stunning! I love your commentary :) I'm a new follower to your blog, I'd love it if you'd follow back & check my blog out?

    http://romanticfawn.blogspot.com

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  26. Lovely post and photos!

    Xo, Aylin
    http://www.thedailyposh.net/2013/12/jaded.html

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      Sharon

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  27. Lovely post sweetie! These are beautiful pieces, very elegant.

    XoXo
    Teresa
    www.chicaffordable.blogspot.com

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      Sharon

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  28. Great Post! Thanks for dropping by on my blog! Follow me on bloglovin' and i'll follow you back! Cheers!

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      Thanks for your visit. I am following you on Bloglovin.

      Sharon

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  29. sheer adds so much flare <3 cant wait for warmer weather to rock the trend.

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    1. Cara: I agree completely. Sheer pieces can transform a look.

      Sharon

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