[Fashion & Styling] Sheer Transparency


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sheer transparency by theedgytimes on Polyvore































The transparency, sheer and/or cutout trend is nothing new (see picture below), but to see lucite heels and PVC handbags in the mainstream only mean it has reached new heights. 

See-through accessories give a whole new meaning to the phrase "barely there."  Plastic bangles, perspex heels, vinyl belts can be easily styled within the same outfit.  A word of caution though, despite its current popularity, these materials generally look inexpensive and can be tacky if styled inappropriately.  Tote bags are also popping up in PVC fabrications.  However, for those concerned about their valuables being visible within a transparent bag, try one or all of these easy fixes; it's always fun to change it up.


  • line the bag with a water resistant fabric from fabric stores like Handcock Fabrics
  • rip up one of your old favorite print skirts, sew into a drawstring bag and use it as the bag liner
  • use a shoe dust bag (preferably bright colors to give it contrast) to hold contents within the tote        
Transparent materials tend to create an illusion of airiness and lightness, which is evident in clothing.  As seen on the runways as well as streets; sheer fabrics, sheer panels/insets, and geometric cutouts are everywhere.  Depending on how transparent or sheer the fabrics are, layer a silk or basic camisole under.  The cutout trend on the other hand typically show flashes of skin without being too revealing.  I bet this subtly sexy trend will continue to stick around just as it had since 2006.

EJ Lee's transparent/cutout collection for F/W 2006, stocked by Promesse boutique









































Shop the post:
Three Floor cut out dress
$165 - asos.com

Etro sleeveless sheath dress
bergdorfgoodman.com

Carven knit top
$305 - profilefashion.com

Temperley london
$1,100 - temperleylondon.com

Jimmy Choo transparent shoes
$960 - farfetch.com

Charlotte olympia
ssense.com

$9.07 - nelly.com   


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