It’s been nearly 20 years since the turn of the millennium, and while the ‘90s have been making a major come back in the fashion industry, it was only a matter of time before the trends of the early 2000s would return for another round. At this point, you’ve probably noticed a few iconic Y2K trends popping up on your Instagram feed (baggy jeans, smocked tops, cargo pants, and strappy sandals, to name a few). But if there’s one item from the era that’s worth investing in, it’s sheer mesh tops — and without a doubt, this is one trend that will take your fall wardrobe to the next level.
As 2019 progresses, you’ve probably stumbled upon your favorite It girl or celebrity sporting the sheer clothes trend — whether it was Kourtney Kardashian in a head-to-toe look earlier this year or Bella Hadid sporting several iterations during the summer months, the sheer mesh movement is only getting bigger and here's how to master the look for yourself.
You might find styling a sheer mesh top intimidating at first, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover how versatile this piece can be — especially as you transition into the next season. Use it as a layering piece underneath a cool going out top during a chilly fall evening or style it over a chic lace bra or bodysuit that’s simply too pretty to go unseen — the choice is yours.
Wear the see-through trend with a streetwear approach, sporting a top like the $38 Zadie Power Mesh Turtleneck Top from AFRM over a stylish bralette with a pair of loose-fitting cargo pants. If you want to create a slightly more whimsical approach, you can wear Stelen’s $48 Aleigha Mesh Top with a midi skirt and classic mules.
Anyone who loved the grunge trend of the ‘90s and early aughts will be excited to sport this trend underneath any sleeveless dress for an added edge. If you already own a simple black slip dress, wear Nanushka’s $285 Madi Snake-Print Stretch-Jersey Turtleneck Top underneath and take on the animal print trend for the season. Just in case you want to wear florals for fall, GANNI’s Floral-Print Stretch-Mesh Turtleneck Top is available for $125 and will look great with a pair of straight-leg jeans. And for those who want something that feels more romantic, layer a solid-colored iteration under the $59 Rhionne Sheer Mesh Mock Neck Top from Urban Outfitters — as it features puff sleeves reminiscent of the Victorian era that will create a multi-dimensional effect.
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