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Meshing Around

by Bunny Fayne |

Proving once again that even seemingly modern styles have actually been around for far longer than one might ever imagine, mesh is no exception. In fact, mesh made its debut in the fashion world 128 years ago, in 1888. The true birth of mesh as a popular trend came in 1984, when Madonna made her debut on MTV wearing a black, mesh tank top, with her brassiere peeking through. Sleeveless Mesh-Inset Midi Dress, Black/White / Embellished mesh peplum dress

The look was considered shocking at the time, but fast-forward 33 years, and mesh is not only main stream, it’s one of the hottest trends this S/S. For the last few seasons, sheer illusion panels have been the easiest way to flaunt what you’ve got while still maintaining a slightly modest pretense that you’re covered up. Mesh and netting have eclipsed illusion panels as the ultimate, “Peek-a-boo, I see you,” sheer seduction tools for your fashion arsenal.The lingerie as outerwear trend is a perfect match for mesh pieces. If you want to spice up your look without feeling too naked, don a see-through mesh top or dress with retro lingerie underneath. Go sporty with the sheer trend this season and opt for a knit mesh instead of girly lace. For sporty luxe look with an edge, pair a mesh skirt with high heels.Ursala Mesh Topper Jacket, Black

If showing too much is something you’re not comfortable with – there are plenty of more modest options. Mesh comes in jackets, in sleeves, in just stripes of fabric here and there on a pair of trousers, a dress, skirt or top, just enough to tease the eyes and create the cool trend in an instant.Chiffon Mesh Pencil Skirt Black

Mesh isn’t limited to just apparel, and can be found on shoes and accessories as well. By wearing a chiffon top with jeans and mesh booties, you can cash in on the trend, without giving it all away.

“No fashion is ever a success unless it is used as a form of seduction.” Christian Dior

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