There are looks that are unique enough to get picked up by street style photographers, and then there are looks that simply can’t be ignored. There’s no doubt that this completely see-through top (worn braless) is the latter, but the question is, how many people would be game to wear it?

This kind of look not only guarantees that an applause of camera clicks will sound, it also guarantees viral internet spread. There will be comments: some will say the wearer is an attention-grabber, some will praise her boldness, some will question if this is where street fashion is headed, some will simply ogle. That is the reality.

see through top street style

While we see this kind of display of skin in editorials and on runways frequently, we don’t quite expect the same from a street style look. Especially not when the wearer is, as the photographer of these snaps Mr Newton reports, going for a casual spot of lunch.

But a few points here: showing skin she may be, but the look somehow isn’t highly sexualised. There’s elegance to the spotted black tulle, the below-knee fishtail hem, the lack of any glamorous makeup. Secondly, the ease with which the outfit is worn coupled with the extreme confidence required to pull it off begs the question of whether a cultural divide comes into play. Is Italian Eleonora Carisi (the subject of the photos) simply evidence that the European view of nudity is more liberal than that of other parts of the world?

sheer top braless

And, regardless of whether or not we expect to see something so sheer worn as daywear, so long as the wearer feels confident in it, does it matter?

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for, where she serves as the publication's Editor.