All it took were two complete seasons brave enough to play the transparency card right, for spring to quickly become the equivalent of sheerness, almost as much as it is the epitome of bold, perennial florals. And since daring to bare morphed from statement to art – the art of exposing your skin either subtly, or purely sexually, but never in a questionable manner – things were bound to meet progress.

This season, the progress involves a fresh take on transparency, with layers of sheer fabrics intended to add a three dimensional quality to 2014′s spring and summer fashion. With each sheer overlay acting as a petal, the resulting layers appear rather lightweight and ethereal, allowing full creativity in mixing fabrics of different opacity. If you plan on making the see-through garments your secret weapon for spring, read all about the ways you can incorporate them into your wardrobe, after the break.

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Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
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Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
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Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
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Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14
Diaphanous layers: S/S '14

Sheer layers for spring 2014

Building a look upon layers of sheer fabric may sound like a challenging task, truth being that things aren’t really that complicated in essence. For spring 2014, the sheer overlays allow you to take full control in choosing how transparent you’ll go, with plenty of styling options ready to make the crossover to transparency appear natural and above all comfortable. Taking cues from the runways, we’ve listed some of the best ways allowing you to adopt the sheer layering trend this spring, as it follows:

The peek-a-boo effect.

Transparency is all about showing off some skin, without having to fully abandon subtlety. The amount of skin you’re willing to show is up to you, though. The easiest way to embrace the sheer layering trend is perhaps the most daring one as well, as it requires to let go of all inhibitions and simply rely upon your most fabulous undergarments to serve as layering foundation. Boob tubes, bandeau bras and high-cut briefs in the appropriate colours will help you master the art of covering up without really covering.

Sheer layering for spring 2014
Sheer layering at Helmut Lang, Chicca Lualdi Beequeen and Fendi, S/S ’14

Super sheer vs. opaque.

With the sheer layers bound to easily cross into provocative territory, it is important to understand where and how to wear them in a way that doesn’t come across as a faux-pas. Styling a super-sheer dress with a heavier outerwear piece is one way to put things in balance, although too sheer often equals too much, or plain wrong. On the other hand, choosing to layer a sheer coat featuring a safer level of opacity, over a sheer lace dress can often lead to the most stunning results.

Sheer layering for spring 2014
Sheer layering at Burberry Prorsum and Francesco Scognamiglio, S/S ’14

How to layer sheer tops.

Key to sporting the sheer layers in a flawless manner is deciding early on what you want to show and how to show it. Sexy but cautious enough, choosing to layer upon transparent tops allows you to keep the rest of the outfit as sporty, relaxed or feminine as you want it to be. Either you plan to keep things basic, or you want to play upon bold colours, remember to match the cropped tops to the sheer overlay’s hue.

Sheer layering for spring 2014
Sheer layering at Rag & Bone, Vera Wang and Marchesa, S/S ’14

Layering with sheer skirts.

This season, the runways seemed to push the boundaries of transparency by artfully layering sheer skirt on top of bodysuits, sharpers or high-cut briefs in matching hues. From lace to clear plastic, the fabrics added to the wow factor, with the rest of the outfits kept basic and utterly sophisticated.

Sheer layering for spring 2014
Sheer layering at Burberry Prorsum, Paola Frani and Felder Felder, S/S ’14

Layering sheer pants.

From sheer skirts, to sheer pants the transition seemed to occur naturally on the runway. Incredibly polished, even luxe in some cases, the transparent trousers overlayed on top of high-cut briefs or chic pairs of short-shorts worked towards highlighting the appeal of the sheer layering trend, while also keeping things fresh and interesting. More transparency or light, summer knits were chosen to finish off the looks.

Sheer layering for spring 2014
Sheer layering at Aigner, Nonoo and Felder Felder, S/S ’14

Sheer outerwear.

Nothing like a transparent piece of outerwear in giving you plenty of possibilities to interpret the sheer layering trend, until finally making it yours. From printed perspex to mesh, and from ladylike coats, to futuristic trenches and bomber jackets, these are the pieces that will go with much of everything else building your spring and summer wardrobe, adding tease the stylish way.

Sheer layering for spring 2014
Sheer layering at Prabal Gurung, Paola Frani and Lacoste, S/S ’14

Over & under.

Proving that is not just a one-sided trend, the sheer layering leaves plenty of room for interpretation and styling. You can build your layers with the sheer pieces serving as both foundation (when topped with jackets, blazers, coats, etc.), and covering (when layered on top off cropped tops, halter-neck dresses, undergarments, tank-tops). Also, you can choose to keep your layers monochrome, or you can have fun with the trend by incorporating bold prints and vibrant hues into the outfit.

Sheer layering for spring 2014
Sheer layering at Elie Tahari and Iceberg, S/S ’14

Double up.

Doubling up on a particular garment, with one piece acting as a transparent overlay, is another styling tip, bound to make the sheer layering trend easier to sport. From skirts to dresses, this layering technique is sure to generate beautiful results, as long as you keep in mind that the proportions, colours and fabrics must click together and come to sight as a rather effortless result.

Sheer layering for spring 2014
Sheer layering at Monique Lhuillier and Elie Tahari, S/S’14

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