Trend Trial | Sheer Stripes

sheer stripes

Phillip Lim trousers; Jason Wu skirt and top; Nasty Gal track pants;  Tata Naka stripe skirt;

Over the course of The Fashion Police’s history, we’ve (unfortunately) become very used to the sight of completely sheer items of clothing, both on the runway, and in some of our favourite stores. For some reason the fashion world continues with the belief that in order to be “edgy” it’s often necessary to expose large amounts of flesh, and we don’t see that stopping any time soon – if ever.

Recently, though, a slightly different twist on this look has come to our attention: we’re talking about sheer stripes. You can see some examples of what we’re talking about above, and while most of these come from higher-end brands (well, except for Nasty Gal), the high street isn’t turning its back on the sheer stripes trend: our officers spotted some sheer shorts in River Island just this week, and they’re definitely not the only retailers to be jumping on board the bandwagon.

Sheer stripes are a little more creative than items that are totally sheer: in the examples above the horizontal strips of fabric which separate the sheer sections almost appear to be floating in mid-air until you take a closer look. It’s an interesting effect, and we’re always happy when an item doesn’t require the wearer’s underwear (or lack thereof) to be on show, but that’s not going to stop us putting this trend up on trial anyway, so we can find out what you think of it.

What’s the verdict, fashion jurors? Do you think sheer stripes make an item of clothing more interesting – or do they simply turn it into a crime of fashion?


  • December 5, 2013


    Eh. Sometimes I am ok with it sometimes not. It’s one of those weird things that is literally just a trend that will die next year. I think it can be done tastefully, but usually looks weird.

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  • December 5, 2013


    I don’t get it, it looks like a bad costume from an ’80s sci-fi movie.

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  • December 6, 2013


    I must admit that I like the black skirt. The sheer stripes are nicely done on it.

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  • December 7, 2013


    I really like the black skirt too, in fact I think I’ve liked most of the black flared skirts/ dresses with sheer stripes I’ve seen. I’m even thinking about buying one (a dress) myself, so I definitely like the trend!

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  • December 8, 2013


    I actually really like this trend! Sheer isn’t normally what I go for, since I totally don’t approve of showing undergarments or other unmentionables, but when it’s done right (like the skirt and white pants above) it’s very sartorial because it adds a little pop of interest in what would otherwise be a rather boring garment.

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