That is the question! Sheer pieces continue to be a huge trend on the red carpet and we have decided to take a look at when it works and when it falls a little flat. Sheer pieces can be super flattering and glamorous when worn in the right outfit, but all too often sheer has equalled tacky.
We have rounded up our top 6 best and worst sheer moments from the last year to answer the question of whether you should try this tricky trend.
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The sheer overlay
This is one of the most iconic ways to wear the trend and has resulted in more than a few total fashion fails. Jennifer Lawrence proves that a contract with Dior and a killer body do not equal red carpet success in this bizarre purple gown with contrast black bodice.
It doesn’t work because the overlay is much too sheer, especially considering the constantly flashing cameras. A good rule of thumb is that if you can tell whether or not you’ve had a leg wax through the dress then it is probably not giving enough coverage to be flattering or fashionable.
In total contrast, Anne Hathaway is a vision in her black sheer Valentino gown with matching bodice. This works because the look is totally monochromatic and the gown, whilst sheer, provides coverage through its mottled lace pattern and layered hem, which keeps the look classy and (somehow) appropriate for the middle of the day.
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Underwear on show
This version of the trend has been the most common on the runway and has already begun to transition into the real world of high street fashion. It usually involves a totally sheer dress with both panties and bra completely on show.
Despite the fact this is actually one of Lady Gaga’s more demure looks, it doesn’t work for a number of reasons. Most importantly though, is that the underwear on show is much too skimpy and unstructured to keep with the boudoir vibe of this trend.
To carry this look off successfully, you need underwear that provides ample coverage. Designers have been opting for high waisted, boy short panties and 50s style bralettes to accompany their sheer gowns. Rita Ora looked drop dead gorgeous when she stepped out at New York Fashion week wearing this Vera Wang creation.
The cut of the underwear is perfect for her petite body, and the strappy sandals and undone hair perfectly compliment the look. Still unsure of what underwear to go with? A good rule to follow is that if you can see your belly button, there isn’t enough coverage. There should be a visible gap between the top of your underwear and the bottom of your bra, but no bigger than a few inches.
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The naked gown
This version of the trend is definitely not for the faint hearted. We would suggest that unless you are a) a Victoria’s Secret model or b) insane, that you do not try this trend at home. They have been dubbed the “nearly naked” gowns and we have seen a spattering of them on the Hollywood red carpet over the last few months.
They involve completely sheer sections, which do not allow for any form of underwear and give the illusion of a basically naked body. Jaimie Alexander wore a custom Azzaro gown to the premiere of Thor and looked less than comfortable the entire night. There is no doubt that her body is ridiculously good, but the Texas housewife hairdo and super awkward pose aren’t didn’t do anything to win us over.
Proving that the only way to wear this gown is with confidence, Irina Shayk looked phenomenal in her asymmetric take on the trend. Despite showing an equal amount of skin, Irina’s gown provides more coverage because of the polka dot fabric and the flowing train. She pairs with shook out waves and relaxed makeup for a total bombshell look we will not soon forget.
So, do you think you are game enough to try the sheer trend?
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