Last season the trends were a bit scary. They involved having toned abs and being ok with showing them to people (gulp/shudder/panic). Cropped tops were everywhere and it scared the hell out of me and my "normal girl" figure. The closest I got to it was last weekend where I wore this long sleeved cropped polo neck which I took a chance on for £3.50 in the sale at ASOS, with a pencil skirt (here) - which, if you are as timid as me I whole heartedly recommend and there is no doubting that it made me feel quite smug/cheeky for pulling it off.
However, realistically most people (myself included) can't do cropped. Our confidence just won't cut it. So fashion has been kind and given us another option with the same skin revealing/alluding result: sheer. You can do sheer, everyone can. No need to panic, it's all about finding a style that suits you. What's great is that sheer doesn't mean what it did a few years ago when Alexander Wang (always so ahead of the times that guy) put it in his SS12 collections - it isn't bodycon tight.
Whistles Lori Yellow Tee / Malene Birger Nude Vest / Topshop Sheer Maxi Skirt / Alexander Wang at The OutNet T Shirt / Warehouse Blue Sheer Shirt / MissGuided Soledad Pink Dress / Reiss Sheer Sleeve Jumper
Sheer is demure this season, it's alluding (and mainly pastel colours). It isn't "breathe in and show your sexy bits" any more. Don't believe me? Ask Mulberry, Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Sass and Bide, Burberry Prorsum and (again) Alexander Wang who have all gone for sedate sheerness, rather than the former idea. It's oversize, it's comfortable - it's wearable for people like us. Winning.
Burberry Prorsum SS14 / Victoria Beckham SS14
A simple way to start is with a dress like this from ASOS, reduced from £65 to just over £20. If you're after a shirt/top then try this, I fell in love with it when I saw it at their press day last year (and it's resemble to Victoria Beckham's one shouldn't go unnoticed). Or, as above the Whistles Lori tee is a very easy (and work friendly) way to get the look - and think how good that colour will look with your blue jeans... If you've got a little bit left over for the month this Malene Birger vest would be an awesome investment for anyone looking for a bit of Jennifer Aniston / Gwyneth Paltrow chic. All in all, this is a trend worth having a look at - trust me when I say you don't Rihanna's abs to rock it...