For a girl who was born on Thanksgiving, it seems fitting that my favorite season is fall. While winter comes in a close second for my time of year, there is just something so comforting about crisp autumn leaves, shades of vibrant oranges and reds on Locust, pumpkin spice chai lattes, apple picking… and, of course, the return of leather season.
When I saw this Fashionista, it was love at first sight. As she was wearing entirely black and white (my two favorite colors), a pair of killer wedges and a black shearling vest, I knew this Fashionista and I were sartorial sisters. By keeping her outfit limited to black and white, this Fashionista presented herself in a more sophisticated manner while giving her outfit an edgy look. Her leather vest, however, was my favorite part of her look. Wrapped in a black shearling and leather vest, this Fashionista knew how to keep warm on the walk to class while looking her best. By pairing her long sleeve black tied shirt with the shearling vest, she introduced additional textures to her look, rendering her outfit simple yet bold.
With designers like BCBGMAXAZRIA, Alexander Wang and even Jason Wu experimenting with leather in their spring/summer 2013 collections, it comes as no surprise that the leather trend is here to stay. To achieve a look similar to this Fashionista’s that is also vegan-friendly, try pairing white jeans with a black vegan leather vest. Nordstroms also offers a faux shearling vest that is pricier but better suited for the cold weather.
Come fall it’s time to get creative. Layers are my personal favorite when it comes to dressing for colder temperatures but I still like to wear shorts even though the weather doesn’t agree with me. Our Fashionista this week knows exactly what I mean when it comes to rocking shorts during fall. The flowery print on the denim is chic and just lovely when paired with a simple T-shirt. But what I want to focus on are the sheer leggings. Not only are they slimming, it is perfect to throw on with any outfit. It’s the best way to cheat the system and show some leg this time of the year!
It comes to no surprise that the fallback choice of clothes for most UCSD students are sweaters and sweats, that’s why it is just uplifting to see Fashionistas like this dressed fashionably for a school day. Putting together an outfit like this takes no time at all. It is simple but not lazy. Denim floral printed shorts like this can be bought at Topshop and sheer leggings can pretty much be bought at any clothing stores for a reasonable price. And like I’ve said before over and over again, combat boots are just the go-to item of the year. It is rare that it doesn’t match with anything. Especially black boots, like the one on this Fashionista, can match pretty much with anything you throw at it. Urban Outiftters has a range of boot selections that are similar to the on this Fashionista and a little leather here and there never hurt anyone. A matter of fact, they act as bold statement pieces. For example the cute leather purse is just another stylish addition to the whole look.
So have fun with your outfit next time you feel like it is just a “T-shirt” kind of day. This Fashionista proves that something simple doesn’t necessarily have to be plain.
To stay chic and sophisticated this fall, look no further than the ensemble of this Fashionista, who sported a sheer blouse to create an enticing yet casual ensemble without revealing too much. In seasons past, fashion designers have served up an array of sheer pieces in their spring/summer 2012 collections, ranging from tailored button-down shirts with transparent sleeves to skirts with see-through inserts. With young and fashionable tastemakers continuing to sport this suggestive-yet-soignee trend, you better believe that you can rock the same subtly seductive look on campus, with a few of these fabulous options.
While I particularly loved the way this Fashionista paired her sheer, floral blouse from Urban Outfitters with a simple tank-top, a pair of black leather Eli Tahari ballet flats and a pair of light-wash denim bottoms from Vigoss, there are a variety of blouses available that would practically complement anyone's personal style. For a look similar to this Fashionista's, definitely check out the Rose Blossom Blouse from NASTY GAL, which features a wonderfully colorful and playful floral print while still maintaining a bit of excitement with the mildly sheer design it displays. However, for those of you who don't mind being more daring with your fashion choices, try pairing NASTY GAL's Brooke Houndstooth Blouse with a pair of dark-wash skinny jeans or black leather paneled leggings for an overall ensemble that just screams tough-luxe glamour. The versatility of the sheer blouse certainly lends a hand to its more alluring characteristics, making this tantalizing transparent trend an ideal piece for casual school-days or a lovely fall evening event.
This week, while searching for my next sartorial master, I was hit like I was staring at the latest American Apparel catalog. From her messy bun, pops of red and that coveted sheer button down blouse, this Fashionista’s outfit was anything but wrong.
Pulling off sheer fabrics can be rather tricky. From struggling to find the perfect piece for underneath to make sure your oufit isn't too risqué, to knowing exactly what to pair this light and airy piece with, it's a difficult look to pull off without error. But, when done right, your translucent top will capture the attention of others and become a chic addition to your closet.
With this peek-a-boo trend increasing in popularity over the past several seasons now, it’s no wonder we Fashionistas can’t hide our sheer love for it. The trend can be as simple or as complex and layered as you would like. This Fashionista opted for the simple approach, which I think is quite sophisticated. To recreate her look, try this black and white, chiffon button-up and pair it with this simple black bandeau. Next, put a twist on the traditional legging like this Fashionista did, by opting for a pair that has some glimmer to them, like these shiny, black, nylon ones. Throw on a pair of deep red Jeffery Campbells and make your lips pop with a cherry hue to complete your look.
Sporting this sheer, all-black ensemble with a few bursts of red will scream nothing but cool, casual and chic — the true definition of being a Fashionista.
It’s not everyday that you can get away with wearing a sheer fabric. In a blouse, it can be too risqué for your daily duties, and there is the constant scramble in your closet for exactly the right item to wear under the semi-see-through fabric. But if you’re still craving the lightweight luxury of sheer, then you’re in luck, because sheer maxi skirts are the answers to your prayers. With a built-in, short slip underneath, you’re free to pull on this sheer skirt without any second thoughts as to what should go underneath.
This Fashionista wears a great sheer maxi skirt with a polka-dot detail that is perfect for the summer season. Worn with a tank and a jeweled bib necklace, this outfit proves to be effortlessly chic and comfortable all at the same time. Sheer maxi skirts give you the ability to dress your look up or down based on where you need to go. Worn with a more structured blouse and a '60s-inspired heel, a sheer maxi skirt could be just the piece to break up the monotony of your typical go-to outfit: shorts and a blouse for a night out. Or, worn with a gladiator sandal and a fitted tank, a gauzy maxi skirt can be the ideal casual day look.
However, sheer skirts don’t only come in maxi magnitudes. With the emergence of the high-low and wrap skirt trends, sheer hasn’t restricted itself to maxi styles, making appearances in several other skirt styles. Regardless of what form of skirt you sport this summer, let sheer play a starring role.
By the time this post goes live, the Bucknell graduating class will have hung up their caps and gowns, all final papers will be graded and all dorm rooms will be desolate, which only means that summer is in full swing. The temperatures heat up with each passing day as we reach the summer solstice which forces Fashionistas to take a different approach when it comes to fashion. One trend that has moved from the catwalk to the streets is the sheer clothing statement. Years ago, sheer clothing was seen as a frivolous accent or was even scoffed at by the front row Fashionistas. This season, however, see-through tops have broken the degrees of conservatism and are a perfect summer seasonal statement.
Some of the sheer looks on the runway, like these from the John Galliano ready-to-wear collection, are a little too daring or provocative for the average college student. When sheer is worn and layered tastefully, it can look effortlessly chic and easy. There are tons of ways to tone down the look to make it more wearable and chic for the daytime. Sheer clothing off the runway should be layered with more opaque pieces to make the sheer chiffon appear subtler. There is also a way to use sheer that isn’t so overwhelming. There are many blouses, skirts and dresses that incorporate sheer panels or cutouts, which might be less daunting for the more tentative Fashionistas.
Sheer fashion requires some attention to layering and the extent of the sheer impact depends on how much skin you want to show. The pictured Fashionista is shown in a top similar to this shirt from Forever 21. This pale pink blouse with lace panels is a perfect shirt to showcase a trendy little bralet or bandeau. Free People is a lifestyle brand that has plenty of layering pieces that work with different kinds of sheer ensembles. This comfortable and stretchy tube top in electric blue is bold for under a blouse on a cooler day whereas this printed bandeau would look flirty when shown through a sheer top for nighttime. Sheer can be taken from day to night by switching up undergarments, adding a pair of statement heels and throwing your hair up in a high bun. Sheer clothing is all about confidence so don’t be afraid to lighten up your wardrobe for the hotter temperatures.
Sheer. For me, bringing an element of sheer to anything has always created a more alluring aesthetic. Even the word alone oozes confidence and sex appeal. (Go ahead. Say it and you’ll see what I mean.) A sheer tapestry added to your bedroom décor can soften any interior. A sheer wrap skirt exudes poise when worn by a prima ballerina. Layers upon layers of sheer ruffles create a statement of refined elegance when added to any kind of floor length gown or cocktail mini. This week’s Fashionista donned a sheer blouse that reminded me why sheer may be the key versatile ingredient in any Fashionista’s wardrobe.
This Fashionista wore her sheer Urban Outfitters button-down with a deep green bandage skirt, black ballet flats and an oversized leather bag. By pairing her blouse with a nude bralette, this Fashionista has just the right amount of sexy to complete the look without going overboard. Sporting the ultra chic and simple sock bun, this Fashionista allows her look to speak for itself.
Sheer is a reoccurring trend for fall 2011 as seen on the runway’s of Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Jason Wu.
Although this flirty fabric may be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be! If you aren't comfortable with a full sheer ensemble, try a dress or top with sheer cutouts in areas that you feel comfortable with, and if you can’t take your eyes off that gorgeous translucent tank for New Year’s, try layering a solid camisole underneath the shirt. If you are as confident as this week’s Fashionista try this sheer top. Take the next leap and tap into your inner Carrie Bradshaw by sporting a black bra with the blouse.
Next time your outfit is lacking a touch of sexy, sweet or sophisticated, try incorporating a bit of sheer to pull together your look.
Sheer menswear-inspired button-ups are a trend I am glad has taken over my campus. It is one item I think one can never own enough of. The Fashionista this week shows that this versatile piece can be easily dressed up or down. By pairing it with a fitted pair of jeans and a printed infinity scarf, she has transformed a work appropriate top into a must-have look for school.
Sheer tops have been seen on runways and on the racks of every fashion-forward store. Urban Outfitters has a perfect poetic cropped blouse. Slip on a solid nude bandeau to pull off this sexy illusion. Inspired by her brown Jansport backpack, substitute the normal, everyday skinny jeans with Free People corduroys in sea blue.
Accessories are what elevate this look to the next level. To be a head above the rest, choose wedges from Jeffrey Campbell. Because the weather now calls for you to be extra warm, and covering up this top just isn’t an option, opt for a warm metallic scarf. Throw in a few more metallic accessories like a chunky ring and bracelet.
With this outfit, your grades wont be the only thing that reflects what a genius you are.
For the fall 2011 trends, sheer is being brought back in an elegant and classy way. When I used to think of sheer, I would think of lingerie or crazy '80s fashion with tight, body-hugging sheer tops, but designers are creating pieces that bring the chic to sheer.
I love a good nude sheer top with a black bra or bandeau underneath, a look this Fashionista is showcasing. She mixes the elegance of nude and black on top with casual shorts, which aren't too dressy for a lovely sunny day. With top pockets and a cute button-down opening, jewelry is not necessary and would take away from the effortless attitude expressed by the outfit.
The sheer trend is now branching away from the top, and we are seeing sheer skirts and dresses. When you search for the trend, a key element to look for is to make sure the piece is flowing, which will help you avoid the scary '80s throwback of clothing that is too tight. A flowing piece can be paired beautifully with a structured piece, such as a well-tailored blazer. The trend isn’t limited to only nude and black. Play up the look by wearing a colored sheer top, like Dee&Ray's, with a patterned camisole underneath, such as this one with polka-dots from Free People.
Fashionistas who wear sheer are bold and are looking to show off or accentuate some part of their body, whether it be their stomachs or arms. This trend is so full of options on both ends of the spectrum.
Want to go bold? Rock a fully sheer top! Want to be a bit more subdued? Check out this top from Urban Outfitters that only shows off the shoulders. Whatever your choice, the best accessory to have while wearing this revealing material is confidence!
With school back in session, Fashionistas all over campus are breaking out their new, essential fall items. One item making an exceptional appearance this semester is the sheer top. Long sleeve or tank top, collared or low cut, button up or low back, this trend is spreading like wildfire and everybody wants a piece of this sheer, fashion intelligence. Sheer fabrics such as chiffon, georgette or polyester are lightweight and excellent options for these hot, back-to-school days. Their breathable nature will keep any Fashionista looking and feeling cool all at the same time.
This week's Fashionista sports the sheer trend while also incorporating a grungy and mod style into her ensemble. Her trendy look is accentuated by her accessories to reflect her own, personal taste. Although this Fashionista takes a more modest approach to the sheer top, opting for a shirt underneath her blouse, one can achieve a similar, more daring look by pairing the blouse with a bandeau or lace-detailed bra.
Sheer can also be worn endless ways this fall. Try a sheer chiffon skirt and pair it with a pair of shorts underneath or give the sheer blazer a try. Sheer garments do not have to be limited to solid colors, either. Tribal prints and polka dots are also very popular this fall. There is something for every Fashionista when it comes to the sheer charade. Try shopping at TopShop or H&M for classic pieces or American Apparel for more bold products. It doesn't have to cost much to dress like you belong on the runways; all it takes is a little sheer genius.
Columbia humidity is back (and, unfortunately, here to stay). As happy as students are to welcome the sunshine, it can become a nuisance when trekking to class across our deceivingly hilly campus. Students are turning towards light weight, summer fashions that beat the heat. One of my favorite trends I’ve spotted lately is a loose, sheer tank paired with an underneath bandeau. I love how today’s Fashionista styled an embellished tank with a comfortable denim button down that is casual for class. Try layering this denim top from Gap with this edgy chiffon blouse from Urban Outfitters. By removing the layered shirt and adding skinny jeans, heels and some bright accessories, this tank can easily transition from day to night.
For a more relaxed look, try wearing the sheer tank in a floral print with casual shorts or distressed boyfriend capris. To emphasize this playful style even more add a brightly colored, or patterned, bandeau underneath. This one from GUESS has enough coverage and the lace makes it cute and feminine. This Fashionista completes her outfit by wearing some fabric, ankle cuff sandals, which further enhance her urban bohemian look. Free People’s Pazla sandal comes in black or taupe and matches just about everything. Add some simple and dainty jewelry, like thin bangles or layered pendant necklaces, to accessorize this outfit. Sheer tanks are perfect for summer, and by combining some embellishment or layers, you can easily dress up your look or make it more casual!
Fashion is as defined by it don’ts as it is by it dos. Fashion is also highly defined by being a pleasant contradiction by making don’ts dos. Please don’t be alarmed by the two phrases; it actually is quite simple. Red flags like white after Labor Day, brown with black, stone washed denim or mixed patterns still have the potential to shine. The stylish have found a way to reverse faux pas and transform them into chic trends and wonderful finds.
The lesson today is transparency. Before, being able to see your bra or some extra skin was a desperate call for attention. Now, when done strategically and tastefully, having a bit of a peek-a-boo is a total wow factor. This Fashionista presents the perfect example of having fun with transparent pieces. Her black floral blouse has enough pattern to shadow her bodice but the slight prominence of her black bra really balances the whole ensemble. Paired with cigarette black jeans and boots she looks effortless with a modern cool. It really creates the ability to play with contrast, even with things like the brightness of your hair and the creaminess of your skin.
You want to appear stylish, not obviously provocative. There is a sense of appropriateness be sure to show off in the right place. Always have the right intimate wear like a bandeau, leotard, and lingerie because the headlights aren't an option. When you do find the perfect moment it’s amazing to find the subtle variations of see through apparel. Be daring on campus with a pocket blouse paired with sleek khakis and dustbowl boot. Go downtown cool with a trellis top paired with leather leggings and killer footwear. Be fashion week ready with a chiffon maxi skirt and your favorite furs. For sweet cocktails at Cha Cha Lounge go for a lace appliqué dress with a pointy-toe heel. If you’re taking a stroll down Abbot Kinney go for an oversized sweater and wide legged denim. In the end it’s a no brainier. It’s sheer genius to be a little daring and show a little more in the fashion world.