The sheer inset trend has officially gone from Runway and Red Carpet to Retail. The fashion world saw Alexander Wang's parade of sheer cutouts last September at Fashion Week and now the items have trickled through the award shows and movie premiers into department stores.
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When this look first appeared, it certainly made a statement- it wasn't just the good old sheer chiffon you layered to make your prom dress. Cut precisely and geometrically, the takeaway was futuristic and edgy. (No pun intended.) But attainable? It certainly didn't seem to be...until now.
A sheer inset tee offers up high style with perfect function at the same time. You don't have to worry about bending over and exposing your rump although you might need to be careful of lifting your arms. (For God's sake, please wear at least a bra.) You can probably figure out which look is straight off the runway and which is the bargain. The Alexander Wang top on the right rings up at a whopping $425. Ouch. It is quite fabulous though. The ASOS blouse on the left looks similar but costs way less- just $38. Score.
So how much do you adore this trend? If you feel like this style is just what your closet is missing, then the investment might just be worth it. Please proceed with caution, though...and some sensible undergarments. There is nothing fabulous about a nip slip.