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College Fashion Trend: Sheer and See-Through


College Fashion Trend - Sheer and See-Through
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As we reported a few months ago, this spring, lingerie-inspired clothing is all the rage. This includes sheer and see-through fabrics that are being incorporated into tops, dresses, and more! Many designers featured loose, sheer fabrics in their designs for this spring, but now the trend has officially hit the mainstream – I’ve been noticing sheer pieces appearing all over campus.

Sheer Fashion 2009
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Living in Arizona, I am all for loose, breezy fabrics, but no matter where you live or what the weather is like, you can definitely incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. Let’s review some examples of budget-friendly options that are available right now!

American Apparel

American Apparel has a lot of sheer options, most of which include lace and rich colors such as plum and navy. Here are a few of my favorites:

Sheer clothing at American Apparel
1, 2, 3

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters’ sheer and see-through items give a more noir type vibe. Most of the items they have are dark and/or gray, which is great if your aesthetic is on the darker side.

Sheer clothing at Urban Outfitters
1, 2, 3

Sample Outfit

Now that you’ve gained some information on the sheer trend, here’s an example outfit to show you how to put it all together!

How to wear sheer clothing

Products: Top- Piperlime, Jeans- American Eagle, Flats- Zenggi, Bag- Dorothy Perkins, Headband- Peacocks

A Penny for Your Thoughts…

What do you think of this trend? Are you happy that sheer and see-through fabrics are officially popular for Spring and summer? How do you wear the sheer trend? Leave a comment and let me know.

Posted on on April 25, 2010 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , ,

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24 Responses to “College Fashion Trend: Sheer and See-Through”

  1. 1
    April 25th, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    This would make me a wee bit uncomfortable.
    I get the stockings for sure, but i dont want my goodies hanging out. I dont think i could do the whole visable undergarments thing.

  2. 2
    April 25th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I completely agree with Melanie.

    Though I’d surely wear a see-through blouse with a cami underneath, but that’s it!

  3. 3
    April 25th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I just don’t like the material sheer clothing is made out of. It doesn’t feel good on my skin, it looks like it could rip any second, and it’s just not comfortable for me!

  4. 4
    April 25th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    No wayyy. The last shirt in the American Apparel post and the first in the Urban Outfitters post actually made me cringe – I can’t imagine pulling that off without looking extremely trashy.

  5. 5
    April 25th, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I like the idea of this trend more than I like the trend itself. Besides the stockings, it really doesn’t reach a very diverse crowd, since a lot of people are either way too body conscious to wear something sheer for a full top or pants, or just too modest. You could layer a cami, but that kind of defeats the point, and personally, that look has somewhat been tainted for me, but that’s just me.

    Ideally I would love to wear this trend, but I think it’s one best left to the runways and magazine pages.

  6. 6
    April 25th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Lovely, lovely post.

    This trend can easily look vulgar if you don’t have the right body type. The only women that can pull off this sheer look without looking trashy have a thinner frame and small/no breasts (like me). Yesterday I went shopping at GAP (which is having a $10 t-shirt sale this weekend) and I bought some lightweight, vaguely sheer shirts and they didn’t look vulgar or trashy or anything. There’s something so beautiful and so freeing and so feminine and so relaxed and so comfortable about wearing something sheer. And American Apparel is one of the best places to get something sheer. Most of their clothes look vulgar and trashy but that’s just because the models are always in provocative poses and aren’t wearing full outfits.

    So my point is…I am loving the sheer.

  7. 7
    April 25th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I’ve had sheer tops with a tank top on underneath and actually don’t think it defeats the purpose–the sleeves and shoulders look so great. It’s a delicate, pretty style that is very mature. I like it a lot, done right.

    I could see myself wearing a sheer blouse with some sort of full-coverage black bra underneath with a high waisted skirt… the skirt would cover up most of the flesh! Louise Ebel (Miss Pandora) pulls this off really well. Sometimes I don’t even notice that the top is sheer until I take a closer look! It looks effortless and classy, and she’s a pretty self conscious person.

    Done right, I think this trend can be beautiful.

    <3 the dress darling

  8. 8
    April 25th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I think there are very few people outside the fashion industry that have the money or the fashion know how to be able to work this trend in a way that’s not trashy. If you want to try this trend then more power to you but I’m sticking to easier and more versatile trends.

  9. 9
    April 25th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I agree with a lot of the other posters. Sheer pieces look best layered over something more substantial. Otherwise it does tend to look trashy in an everyday setting.

  10. 10
    April 25th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Some sheer materials can look cheap but if you do it right, it looks amazing! I love this trend for spring/summer because it’s loose and comfortable which is perfect for those summer nights out. I do like this look with a full coverage bra/bandeu (one that’s stylish and not too sexy) but if you’re not willing to take that risk I still love it with a tank underneath…just jazz it up with a great pair of shoes and some statement accessories.

  11. 11
    April 25th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    i love the sheer trend in light or pastel colors. layered on, it looks ethereal and feminine, not trashy.

  12. 12
    April 25th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I love the look for a night out in the summertime or as a beach cover-up. It all depends on what your figure is like and how you put the look together. I’m thin and have a small chest so I can pull this look off fairly easily, whereas a few of my friends wouldn’t be able to. This trend is a perfect example of only going for trends that work for you!! That said, for me, I dig this one.

  13. 13
    April 25th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Can I just say I really love the diversity of opinions on this?! I know it’s kind of an odd thing to be excited about, but I feel like fashion is something to be discussed and the differences in opinions and aesthetic choices really says something about how dynamic fashion can be. Thanks for the feedback everyone!

  14. 14
    April 25th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I feel like this trend has a lot of potential for going wrong. I can just imagine the fashion disasters. However, I like the idea and wouldn’t mind working it into my wardrobe in small bits. I would definitely need to wear a cami or tank under it though. I’m not brave enough to be exposing all my bits to the world and I like the thought of leaving something to the imagination.

  15. 15
    April 25th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I love this trend. I actually own a few sheer shirts. I live right next to the beach and I wear my swimsuit under it and it looks super cute and keeps me cool.
    Like many stated, its how you wear it. You can also wear a cute blazer and it looks dress and chic.

  16. 16
    April 26th, 2010 at 1:53 am

    I totally love this trend. I guess like the other commentators who don’t fear the sheer, I am very skinny and have non existent cleavage.

    The top I have is similar to this one (but with more coverage)

    I usually wear it with a blazer and a high waisted skirt and the best part is that it makes me look bigger than I am which is brilliant!

  17. 17
    April 28th, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I really dislike this trend actually. I think sheer and see through– unless paired with a nice shirt underneath, looks skanky and trashy. Nothing about it is flattering in my opinion, and personally speaking I wouldn’t wear this even if everyone around me did.

    I have a thin frame and I have the body that I could probably get away with this… but simply do not like it. I’ve tried really hard to get into it, but nah. ): Oh well. Opinions are opinions.

  18. 18
    April 29th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I like sheer tops with camis underneath. I have a sheer navy peasant top that I usually wear that way and it looks perfectly fine – I even wear it to work! All you see is shoulders, upper back and body shape – the floaty style of the sheer top really accentuates a narrow waist underneath.

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