Sheer me up

  • Praachi Raniwala, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Sep 05, 2013 16:45 IST

That is some plunging V-neck, 'Deep'ika! But for the classy patterned sleeves and the sheer train, we have to give it to the Cocktail star for carrying off that extended Little Black Dress. Doesn't she look really flattened out though?

Sheer styles are currently enjoying a prolonged moment of fashion glory as they promise the perfect marriage of sophistication with risqué fashion and taste with a touch of tease. They are not just summer staples but have successfully lasted through the monsoon, even looking to stay on in winter wardrobes.

“Sheer silhouettes emphasise a woman’s body, making for an utterly feminine look. Their charm lies in the illusion of demure skin show. But if not kept classic, the look can easily be mistaken for a trashy one,” says designer Shehla Khan.

Use our 10-step guide to ensure you that you follow the trend without any faux pas
Peek-a-boo panels are big this season, and a perfect fit for the sartorially shy. Opt for a sheer panel close to the hem of your skirt or dress.
Reverse the boring sheer top-and-blazer combination by throwing on a printed sheer jacket over a solid blouse.
Designer Shehla Khan favours sheer pants in darker tones with hints of lace. “Add to that attractive detailing and light-as-air transparency, and there is no going wrong,” she says.
Tops with well-placed sheer organza panels are a chic alternative to the already done-to-death basic sheer blouses.
Tap into two of the season’s biggest trends — layering and mixing textures — by throwing on a tulle skirt or complementing sheer overlay over printed leggings.
For sheer dresses, the trick is to choose one that has a solid bodice and modest lining to balance its see-through portions.
A sheer skirt with full-length lining is no fun, but do ensure that it’s modest and not a tell-all one at least. Team it with heels or wedges to create the illusion of a taller frame.
Turn to sari or lehenga blouses with a completely sheer back accentuated by a trace of embroidery for a subtly sexy look. An embellished sheer yoke can also bring glamorous relief to your outfit.
An anarkali jacket with a transparent flare teamed with shararas or cigarette pants injects an eclectic twist to this traditional ensemble.
The key is to avoid going overboard. A head-to-toe sheer look is a not-so-stylish recipe for disaster. So team a sheer top with a solid bottom and vice-versa.

Top Tips
Designer Anita Dongre arms you with ace advice to avoid looking tacky when wearing sheer:
Pay attention to the inner wear teamed with sheer silhouettes. Camisoles, tanks and slips ought to be of the right shade and length.
Avoid sporting a visible bra under sheer tops.
When shopping, hold the outfit up to the light to check how sheer it actually is.
If your arms are a problem area, avoid tops with sheer sleeves.
Remember that printed or textured sheer outfits promise more coverage.


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