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Organdy, organza and tulle are the sheer fabrics of your literal dreams

Organdy, organza and tulle are the sheer fabrics of your literal dreams

Organdy, organza and tulle are the sheer fabrics of your literal dreams


And you can wear them

How dare I write about the virtues of organdy and organza, fabric which is as ethereal as it is whimsical and utterly contrarian to our ultra-practical fashion moment.  For, if there is anything we know for sure about fashion in 2018 it is that we have a very low threshold for frivolity and perhaps an even lower one for the Victorian-esque romanticism that sheer fabrics evoke.  


We gravitate towards function, form and ease of wear above all and sheer fabrics are generally not that.  They snag, they’re not very warm, they do not always stretch and move with your body.  


And yet, I want to wear more of these sheer and sometimes boardy fabrics despite the perceived impracticality. Perhaps it’s the irony they contain: they are barely there and serve the purpose of clothes, in that you wear them, but they expose rather than conceal.  But more simply, sheer fabrics can be a departure from the ubiquitous forms of jersey and twill which we’ve become so familiar with.


Those of you already well versed in the merits of integrating sheer fabrics into your wardrobe will empathize with me. 

  1. The necessity of layering provides yet another way to be creative with your ensemble. Pair it with a cami, or a decorative bralette.

  2. The visible seamliness are functional and serve as a design element in themselves—the double work of which is in fact, every minimalist’s dream.

  3. It doesn’t have to read as strictly feminine. There are options (exhibited below) that provide a more androgynous and streamline look.


And so, these sheer fabrics need not be relegated to special occasion or the farthest reaches of haute couture. Here are some top finds to try.  Just add cami and black skinnies and luxuriate in the fact that you are wearing the fabric out of which dreams are made. 

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