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SS13 Trend: Sheer Fabrics

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From the catwalk to the street, sheer and transparent fabrics are set to be huge for SS13. Whether in subdued neons, pastels, dark gothic summer shades or bright baby doll candy colours, one thing is clear about this trend: the cut, not the colour is all that matters. There is a more grown up feel to this thoroughly modern type of transparency, feminine still yes, but not gaudy or attention seeking. Sheer fabrics are naturally suited to voluminous skirts and fine knits and laces, chiffons and silks take our inner romantic by the hand, promising a summer of sheer adventure.


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Nothing is out of bounds for this type of transparency; skirts, dresses, shirts, panels in trousers/leggings, you name it, it's on the menu. This absolute variety is what makes it so wearable, and such a great trend to explore - whether you want to wear it subtly, sexily, or showcasing full frontal nudity. Peter pan collars of yester-season, embellishments, peek-a-boo cut outs and carefully placed lace are the opulent way to wear to bare this spring... 


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...or in complete contrast there's the clarity of clean lines and meditational minimalism, with designers such as Jill Stuart showing us how it’s done.

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An easy way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe is the sheer shirt, which demonstrates the beauty of sheer fabrics, which is how your body creates the silhouette due to the transparency; the fabrics merely compliment what is already there. Play it safe and layer up camisoles or slips under shirts, skirts and dresses, or for a peek-a-boo effect choose strips of the most transparent fabrics you dare to draw attention to the body parts you love the most.


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Only the truly body confident can take this trend to its extreme and pop out for a pint of milk in something like this Anteprima SS13 number - go on, we dare you...


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Guest post by Saffron Johnson

Edited by GP

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