Summer style check: Here’s why sheer is a raging fashion trend this season

When in the 1980s, singer Madonna was seen in mesh or sheer lace dresses, it gave way to a whole new type of sheer look. Later, the trend resurfaced, when Rihanna, at the 2014 CFDA red carpet, wore an Adam Selman dress, covered in 216,000 Swarovski crystals, which the paparazzi crowned as the “Naked dress.” This year has seen the reinvention of sheer, from runways in Milan, Paris, New York and New Delhi. From hemlines, tops with sheer insets, bralets worn under sheer overlays to sheer in Indianwear, be it embellished sheer blouses or sheer saris — here’s why the trend refuses to go out of fashion.
Sheer, the fabric Designers love sheer. It adds elegance and sexiness to the simplest of outfits, they say. “It has been a part of a few seasons but every time underwent innovation on the runway,” says designer Ridhi Mehra. It has evolved over the years, says designer Pallavi Mohan. “Textures have been created, mesh from Korea has taken over and handloom Chanderi has been given makeovers to fit into the trend,” she adds.
How to get it right Sheer is a tricky trend but what’s important is how you layer it. “Layering a sheer top with the right inner is important. The inner wear should not look like a lining but a garment in itself,” suggests Mohan. Inners with lace details, rich lingerie, or a bralet inside an embroidered sheer top is how you can team it right. Polyester inners and bralets are something one should avoid.
Sheer takes over Indian wear Sheer adds a bit of glamour and sexiness to any outfit. Designer Ridhi Mehra recommends Indianwear panelled with sheer. “For Indianwear, you have to balance the traditional and sheer elements. Sheer sleeves or a panel is easy to carry,” adds Mehra.

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