From the runways of Louisville's Best Dressed to those of London, the Spring/Summer 2013 fashion week season promises many interesting ideas to consider for your closet in the coming months, along with trends that have stayed with us for the past few trips down the catwalk. Allow me to guide you, dear readers, through the backstage racks as I pull out a few pieces for your perusal this season.
Transparency. We ask of it from our city leaders, the President of the United States, Iran's nuclear program, and now the trend has hit the runway this season. Sheer pieces -- such as this maxi dress shown during the ARISE Magazine African Icons show during the most recent New York Fashion Week -- first caught my eye while covering Louisville's Best Dressed for my fashion blog last month, with the idea that one could wear these daring items either to our city's most exclusive hot spots at night and on the job as a financial consultant at Hilliard Lyons during the day.
That does sound mad, doesn't it? How would you be able to style it? Could you really walk into work wearing a sheer blouse… or pants?
Here's how to make this work at Hilliard Lyons (or elsewhere that's not a fashion glossy): Up top, pair a transparent piece with an opaque item such as a camisole or sleeveless tank. For skirts, a solid slip -- say, sheer black, navy or orange over opaque white -- will provide the proper foundation for conservative appeal. Finally, many pieces -- such as pants -- will have blackout panels in the appropriate areas while still allowing the wearer to be on-trend and fabulous.
Should this trend be not for you, fear not: Dressing for your body is more important than any trend, no matter who says otherwise.