Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sheer Genius

The New York Times called it “peek-a-boo”. CC calls it stunning! Whether via sheer sleeves, a delicate chiffon overlay, or lacy details, transparency is positively transcendent!
Enjoy the runway inspirations and then get some ideas on how to channel the trend...
Divine details at Thakoon (left) and Alexander McQueen (right).
Sheer Sleeves
at 3.1 Phillip Lim (left) and La Perla (right)
Antonio Berardi (this and pink, below)

Antonio Marras, via
Benjamin Cho
Armand Basi One - sheer & studded? Rock on!
Behnaz Sarafpour - CC loves the complimentary color scheme!
Sheer Coats:
Paul Costelloe; this and next 3 via
Divine Dresses & Tops:
Bora Aksu - peachy keen!
Basso & Brooke's cleverly placed brushstrokes
Jasper Conran - pretty in pink!
Peachoo + Krejberg
CNC Costume National, via
Dennis Basso
Dries van Noten
Jeremy Laing - sheer perfection!
Elie Saab, courtesy
Sonia Rykiel
Sheer Skirts
Christian Dior Couture
Charles Anastase
John Galliano - CC is smitten!
Isaac Mizrahi

Rad Hourani

Richard Chai
Reyes' raunchy raingear; this and next 2 via
Salvatore Ferragamo
Toni Maticevski
Richard Nicoll
Thakoon - CC is drawn to these peek-a-boo harem pants!

Vicente Villarin
How to wear the titillating trend. . .
Dressing sheer need not be scandalous; just don the appropriate underpinnings. CC likes American Apparel's "too-short" tube dress, which can also double as a skirt or top, under a see-through garment.
Elizabeth and James Irina cami dress. Visit
Deal of the Day: Sparkle & Fade Point D’Esprit Trim Slip, $38 at Urban Outfitters.
At right: Chloé layered chiffon knee-length gown; this and next at
3.1 Phillip Lim transparent lace dress.
At right: Eucalyptus Sweetheart party dress, at
Hanii Y chiffon patched bustier blouse. Go to for this and next.
Binetti Peita silk chiffon blouse with contrast velvet banding.
The Riser Goodwyn short-sleeve sheer blouse pictured at right is currently 60% off at!
Sheer budgeting: Topshop raw-edge frill blouse. Go to to buy.
Flower Vine smocked top. Visit
Vivienne Westwood Red Label Orb flock shirt; this and next at
Diane von Furstenberg Olvida top.

Sheer genius… right, darlings? Now we just have to get ourselves some lovely lacy bras to wear underneath!

How do you wear sheer, my fellow fashionistas? Which is your favorite look?


Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

that black, drapey dress towards the bottom is my fav. totally wearable to holiday parties!

Angela said...

i have been wearing sheer for a couple of years but will layer with a cami or for a night out, black sheer with pretty black bra.

Make Do Style said...

I love the Phillip Lim turquoise blue dress!

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Dreams said...

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I love your blog.
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Jess said...

I'm between minds. This look can be mysertious, or blatantly not.

Elle symptomatique said...

costume national is the one i would happily wear!
and well, thanks, i added u

Syed said...

I adore layered sheer looks. I do love the colours in your examples, it makes it far more interesting :)

miss vintage love said...

I love sheer fabrics, they're so glam!

Anabel said...

oh wow the sleeves look really nice!!

Siljesfashion said...

Lovely picks!

Lisa said...

I bought a sheer black cotton top while in London and discovered these amazingly thin but effective heat-retaining camis from Uniqlo. I bought two in nude and they've been lifesavers; thin enough to layer underneath a top and tuck into jeans but also opaque enough to provide coverage!

Anonymous said...

i'll call these THE CHIFFON CRAZE...
this is wild boo!

leeselooks said...

love the sheer-ness but definitely shy away from it!

love the marni + chloe + that 3.1 PL.

AH GENIUS ia right.

hope you had an amazing b-dau cc!


WendyB said...

Thanks for the underpinning recommendation. i have a couple of sheer things that I've wanted to wear but I've been very lazy about getting something to go underneath.

Anonymous said...

Oh I love all of them! I often inadvertently wear the sheer look all the time because I don't realise how see-through my clothes are until it's too late! I love the look of sheer lace over a slip though.

Shes Dressing Up said...

I love sheer! The sheer shoulders at Thakoon look amazing

Tiffany said...

I just love sheer blouses. Might have to venture into some sheer dresses but not too sheer!

Miranda said...

i love this trend
need me some!

La Belette Rouge said...

Fear that this trend would be sheer terror on me. I am all for transparency, only not in a garment.
They are all translucent treasures, but not for me.

Anonymous said...

I love your new banner pic! You always have such stunning banner pics :)

As for sheer, I do love it if properly done. I have a sheer cream silk blouse, that is victorian styled with a high neck and lacey ruffled collar and cuffs... the victorian style is the perfect juxtaposition to the sheerness.
I wear either cream or nude pink retro style bras or corsets undeneath.

Shay said...

sheer = love, def a current obsession of mine...

Aliena said...

That slip from Urban Outfitters is a real bargain! And beautiful!

T said...

I'm in love with the Elie Saab!
He's one of my favorite designers

The Djulus Family said...

I love the teal dress at top and the Binetti top near the bottom! Thanks for getting me thinking sheer again!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your visist and congrats on your blog, is one of the best fashion blogs I've seen recentely!
Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

oooh <3<3< I loove sheer blouses <3<3 I hate it that I can´t wear a sheer top whit out anything under it it would look so beautiful (and everyone would stare at me :'''> ;>> )

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MakeupByRenRen said...

wow this is sexy...i'm good with it as long as the goodies are covered :)

agnes said...

so, when the summer is getting hotter and hotter, designers all run after the sheer trend. I wonder what's coming up next

Diane said...

Please come by and visit my blog... I have several posts of paintings of dresses.. I would love to paint many of the dresses on your post... is that ok?
cheers... diane

ivoreece said...

those outfits are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!!

Little Bow Prep said...

I love sheer, but only when it looks classy.

I like the black dress by Isaac Mizrahi.

Songy said...

DVN's dress is real inspiration. I have some fabric just like that one and looking for a dress to match! :) This is cool

Fifi Flowers said...

Your better have a perfect body for these peek-a-boo fashions!
And I'm not sure they are good for PTA or church functions... actually if you wear these in public... can you get arrested for indecent exposure... I think I will take this up with the local authorities before I venture out with one of these ensembles.
ENJOY your weekend!

Myriam said...

I'd love to wear a nice sheer top with a flashy bra under, haha! But maybe I'm a bit shy to wear it..haha!!

Unknown said...

Sheer dressing is fabulous if done right.

Anonymous said...

May also enjoys wearing sheers things!!

Anonymous said...

May also enjoys wearing sheer things!