Now Trending: A Polarizing Pair Dares To Bare (Again)

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Cropped and sheer’d. No, we’re not talking haircuts, but our next fashion inspirations for spring. DFW Style Daily’s S/S 2014 Trending Series continues today with a couple of familiar – though not always friendly – concepts.



First up, crop tops rebounded on runways, despite the fact that last year’s fling was anything but love at first sight. In fact, many fashion industry experts listed the belly-baring bonanza as one of the worst trends of 2013. The tops topped CNN’s 2013 Fashion Fads to Forget list, highlighting Miley Cyrus as poster child. The main complaint? Only the very youngest among us, sporting six-pack abs, could rock the look.

We’re not cringing at this return (yet), however, as some fresh takes will thankfully camoflauge midriffs with sheer panels. Less bare overall, still others have been updated with long sleeves, turtlenecks, and textured fabrics (shown above, Chanel). As many designers endorsed this look again for spring, we predict it will continue through fall.



And speaking of sheers, a second runway return rounds out today’s report (shown above, Alberta Ferretti). The history of sheer fabrics is rich, dating back to China in the 2nd Century, B.C. Thereafter, filmy fabrics appeared throughout fashion history, except during very conservative eras or during wartimes, when delicate cloth was an unattainable luxury. Even so, some held firm that sheer was acceptable only in the bedroom, and etiqutte still dictates that such transparent motives are not acceptable in an office environment.

For spring, we see the sheer trend again, often paired with the controversial crop. As we start our daily crunches (just in case), let’s take a look at these trends on the runway and in buy-it-now form:


Crop Tops & Sheer On The Runway



Cushnie et Ochs















Jason Wu

















Jill Stuart















Alberta Ferretti















3.1 Phillip Lim
















Nicole Miller
















Peter Som













Shop The Trend



ASOS, Evil Twin Crop Top ($44.45)
















Revolve, Shakuhachi Floating Panel Crop Top ($110)













Additional Research by Natalie Starnes. All images via individual designers and retailers.



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