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I can see through you: sheer trend for S/S 2012

Sheer navy blouse

Sheer navy blouse

It’s taken me until now to move past the January blues and get inspired to do a new blog, but here I am! After having a run of ‘sensible’ purchases (leather loafers, navy wool coat) I was pleased to get my hands on something not so practical.

This month I’m getting hot under the collar about my new sheer navy blouse from… Tesco! Yes. Tesco. Not exactly the most glamorous of shops, but after scouring various sites online I came across it and it was perfect. Slightly masculine in style (buttons to the neck, proper cuffs), a great colour and with the nice extra detail of a dipped back hem – not usually the kind of detail you get on cheaper clothes.

Lou Doillon in Maison Martin Margiela

Lou Doillon in Maison Martin Margiela

I’ll admit that I have been lazy by using a photo taken before a recent night out to a themed club night (Girls dressed as boys and vice-versa!) but the outfit isn’t far off something I would wear normally. I’ve used a lot of dark colours all together and gone with my usual theme of ‘relaxed tailoring’. The bow tie is probably the only thing that gives it away as a bit of a fancy dress look!

The jacket is from Dotty Ps, the cocktail trousers are from Very and the bow tie is vintage from Pop Boutique. I’m also wearing tan brogue shoe-boot heels from Office. I’d say that the best way to do sheer is to go for layers, darker colours and if you’re daring to show your underwear go for something plain so that it stays classy (but that’s just my humble opinion!) If baring all is a bit much then maybe just go for sheer sleeves, like in this photo spread about sheer looks for Spring/Summer 2012.

So who else is getting into sheer styles at the moment? Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer collection is all about pastels, froth, girliness and transparent white dresses and Givenchy is taking a more masculine direction but still staying with white.

Sheer photo spread, InStyle January 2012

Sheer photo spread, InStyle January 2012

In celeb world there have also been plenty of variations on the sheer trend. It Girl Lou Doillon was photographed rocking a cheeky sheer jumpsuit by Maison Martin Margiela at a Paris Fashion Week party last month and various famous fashionista faces (Chung, Meester, Palermo) were picked out for their sheer outfits in January’s edition of InStyle. Even Toni & Guy have used a sheer look  in one of their London Fashion Week adverts – LFW kicks off this Friday 17 February.

Step out in sheer… you know you want to.

Toni & Guy advert for London Fashion Week 2012

Toni & Guy advert for London Fashion Week 2012


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