Temperatures are rising and so are the hemlines of every article of clothing in stores. It means shorter shorts, shorter dresses and a whole new species of (pretty much) shorter shirts that are more often referred to as crop tops. While I wholeheartedly appreciate the crop top for being both efficient in the heat and socially acceptable (for the most part), I constantly find myself tugging at my shirt trying to make it meet with my high-waisted shorts. You can remind me however many times you’d like that my actions defeat the purpose of the anxiety-inducing crop top, but I can’t shake the feeling. Crop tops just make me feel hyper-aware of my midriff. Well at least they did, until I ran into this impeccably dressed Fashionista who unknowingly made some permanent changes in my summer wardrobe.
She wore a monochromatic outfit centered on a sheer black bomber jacket, which was pivotal to her outfit for a few reasons. It acted as a cover-up without drowning her body under layers of suffocating fabric. The sheer material is breathable enough to wear in the sticky summer heat and provides enough coverage to bring solace to the mildly anxious such as myself. Layered over crop tops or camisoles with risqué cutout details, sheer tops help you make the transition into baring skin for upcoming summer months a little easier. This Fashionista’s jacket also provided some structure to her outfit without the usual frumpiness that comes with layers. While cardigans offer some coverage, they often age outfits more than we’d like. Kimonos are certainly another layering option that have made a huge splash lately, but I love the way this Fashionista’s sheer bomber adds a feminine but sporty edge to her ensemble.
How To: Ease into the summer heat with a sheer embroidered or floral top layered over a caged camisole or strappy dress for an instantly more edgy outfit inspired by Alexander Wang, Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta!