What covered the catwalks at Spring Fashion Week? Not much. From Max Azria and Marc Jacobs to Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, nearly every model was strutting her stuff in barely-there sheer materials.
Here’s how to translate that gauzy runway look into real life:
Put on a bra
It may be okay for models to be overexposed, but not the rest of us. But you don’t have to stick to nude undergarments; a sheer black blouse looks hot with a bold, bright bra underneath. If you’re a little self-conscious, a pretty cami will do the trick, or cover up with an open blazer or shrug.
Experiment with fabrics
Ultra sheer chiffon isn’t the only answer. Delicately woven sweaters and lace blouses also look chic. Just avoid the temptation to dress in a head-to-toe gossamer get-up; instead, partner a diaphanous top with a pencil skirt or menswear-inspired trousers for a sharp contrast.
Look for filmy garments with plenty of detailing such as beading, rosettes, and studs. These embellishments will give you a bit of extra coverage, while they stick to the translucent trend.
Image: Carlos Miele Spring 2010 – Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week