December 23, 2017 Best Of

Trend to End in 2017 – Sheer Dresses

Long before this year was even halfway over, countless instances of sheer madness ran rife on the red carpet.

Hardly a day passed without a sighting (or six) of the ubiquitous see-through trend that, more often than not, provided more than an eyeful of maximum exposure.

As a result, all forms of bralettes, boy shorts and granny panties boasted their own time in the spotlight as willing accomplices to their sheer partners.

The trend was often manifested in measures of embellished black lace and gossamer tulle, as Stella Maxwell in Alice McCall; Kendall Jenner in Dolce & Gabbana; Freya Mavor in Christian Dior; and Halsey in Jonathan Simkhai all showed.

But, no matter what version it took, the diaphanous quality seemed to draw nearly everyone in under its spell.

It seemed there was no star who wasn’t drinking the sheer Kool-Aid—and somehow believing that all roads to sexy were paved in transparency.

Here’s hoping that 2018 starts on more solid, less sheer, footing.

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13 Responses to Trend to End in 2017 – Sheer Dresses

  1. Amy December 26, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Preach! Even though it’s probably here to stay. Sheer is no longer a trend , it’s an actual thing/ style.Ugh

  2. Mimmi December 26, 2017 at 3:12 pm #


  3. Pheephee December 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm #

    My choices – sheer/panty showing, logos, fanny packs need to stay away forever.

  4. Christine December 23, 2017 at 11:30 pm #

    Yes, please! Ugh

  5. Carmen December 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    Yes, please.

  6. Boy December 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    I don’t mind sheer actually, since it can look good when executed properly. My vote went for the Dior logo underwear.

  7. J December 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    Please go away!

  8. JHH December 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    I hate the sheer trend and voted it and fanny packs as the trend that should end, but I realized as I read Alina’s post that it’s not sheer that I oppose so much as seeing underwear under the dresses. What has happened this year is pushed sheer to absurdity and used it as a crutch — the overexposure, so to speak, of sheer. I hope designers dial it back a bit in 2018.

  9. Caroline December 23, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

    I don’t mind sheer as much as I hate the PJs trend.

  10. Alina December 23, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    I would say the trend that needs to end is exposed underwear. Sheer is nice if it’s done right.

    • Leandra December 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      I was about to say the same. Sheerness has been in fashion since the early 20ies of the last century and it was chic and sophisticated. Block the crotch exposure and I’ll be fine with it.

    • EmmaWoodhouse December 23, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

      Agreed. It’s sheer all-over that’s the problem.

  11. Maria F. December 23, 2017 at 10:16 am #


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