Sheer, mesh panels and inserts were all over the runways for spring ’15! So now you want to wear the trend to look cool and maybe 15 years younger, right? Hold it right there, because even a woman with the best body can look trampy and like she’s trying too hard wearing sheer or mesh panels. Yes the slim 20 year-old model looks fantastic in this red Cushnie et Ochs Sheer Panel Sheath Dress (above). If you are over 40, this dress will not do you any favors. But I’ll show you what sheer items will work for you!
IRO Animal-Pattern Jacquard Top, now $139
Wear the sheer panel trend in small doses! Not only is it easier to pull off but it is actually more on-trend to wear the trend casually. Try a sheer panel top! Yes you can get away with this overall sheer pattern top, but you MUST wear a camisole or tank underneath. I can see this model’s belly button, which is OK in her case but not for you or me! This top has a modern shape but since it fits loose it is appropriate for all ages. In fact, women 20 years younger than you will want to wear it too.
Vince Camuto Asymmetrical Hem Mixed Media Sleeveless Top (Plus Size), $69
Elie Tahari ‘Melody’ Reversible Mesh Sleeve Topper, now $260.10
Misha Nonoo Novelty Midi Skirt with Sheer Insert, now $197.50
Skirts are tricky when it comes to sheer panels. Look for one that basically covers the knees with solid fabric like this one. Avoid sheer all the way to the thigh. If your knee caps are seen though the sheer it won’t be so pretty. Leave the overall sheer skirts with panties showing to the runways!
Elie Tahari incorporated the sheer panel trend throughout his spring collection in such a wearable way, I must include one of his dresses. A little bit of sheer goes a long way! This dress is a little easier to wear than the red Cushne et Ochs dress up top, wouldn’t you say?
– Carol Calacci