When the sun comes out you want to be showing off your skin to the world, and the trend for mesh in 2014 gives you just that opportunity. With a million ways to display your silhouette discreetly, mesh is the must-have for this season, whether you opt for traditional tulle, the sheer beauty of chiffon, or a crochet effect. The emphasis is on more formal wear, including cocktail and evening dresses, but a little hunting will turn up more casual versions as well. Black is madly popular, but don’t discount the appeal of colour to make your style stand out.
Mesh tops over spaghetti or crop tops are seen everywhere, many with a black-on-black theme. But you can make the mesh top totally your own with a wonderful range of options. A sheer long-sleeved version with raglan shoulders and ribbed cuffs, neck and waist looks amazing when worn with tailored trousers, together with high heels and a clutch bag. Gain maximum impact by choosing a camisole corset-style top that shows off your décolletage gloriously, subtle overlaid with a long-sleeved chiffon top featuring neck ribbon detailing. A sleeveless polo neck with mesh inserts looks incredibly chic, or dress down with a knit top with mesh inserts, worn with distressed denim shorts or jeans.
Mesh skirts are not forgotten. 2014 sees a stunning crop of lengths, from mini to maxi and everything in between. Inspired by the tutu, layered tulle mini-skirts are perfect for projecting your sassy character, and come in a rainbow of vibrant colours. Wear with a fitted top and strappy sandals for added zing. Or try a black satin version with mesh border insert – looks superb with a little crop top and ankle boots. A knee-length version constructed with short satin underskirt and polka dot mesh with frilled hemline really catches the eye, or for something a little different, choose a short print underskirt with tea-length sheer net overlay, that is wonderful matched with platform mules and crop top with cut-out shoulders.
But mesh really comes into its own with mesh dresses. Ballroom fashion is all the rage this year, with sleeveless bodices, layered tulle skirts and with extra sparkle from metallic embroidered motifs and beadwork. Bodycon or tutu cocktail versions in vivid colours are unbeatable for clubbing in style, but for the full princess effect, opt for the quintessential evening gown with fitted bodice and sweeping skirt.
The featured photo is of Cathrine Heienberg wearing a white mesh dress from Vila Clothing, pink coat from Zara and the bag is from Chanel
Shea Marie is wearing a black mesh sweater from Elie Tahari, shoes from Stella McCartney and a bag from Mansur Gavriel
Blair Eadie is wearing a white mesh dress from Self Portrait, shoes from Stuart Weitzman and a bag from Hermes
Kristina Bazan is wearing a black mesh dress from Self Portrait, shoes from Manolo Blahnik and a bag from Sophie Hulme
Angelica Blick is wearing a backpack from BikBok, black mesh top and white shirt from Zara and shorts from gina Tricot
Victoria Tornegren is wearing shoes from River Island, white mesh dress from Front Row, bag from Zara and sunglasses from Ray Ban
Vanessa Hong is wearing a white mesh dress from Self Portrait, sandals from Senso and the bag is from Fendi
Julie Sarinana is wearing a black mesh top and floral skirt
Levi Nguyen is wearing a white mesh crop top
Molly Rustas is wearing a khaki mesh sweater and shirt from H&M and shorts from Zara
Kat Tanita is wearing a white mesh romper from TopShop, shoes from Pour La Victoire and a bag from Yves Saint Laurent
Julia Engel is wearing a mesh sweater from Vince, hat from Free People and clutch from Kate Spade
Shea Marie wearing a black mesh top from Alexander Wang
Julie Sarinana is wearing T-shirt from Sam And Lavi, white mesh skirt, bag from Antik Batik and sunglasses from RAEN
Annabelle Fleur is wearing a cyan mesh dress from Nanette Lepore, sunglasses from IVI Vision Dusky and the bag is from Louis Vuitton
Andy Torres is wearing a white mesh dress from Self-Portrait and shoes from Acne
Katelyn Tanita is wearing a white mesh skirt from Tibi, top from Express, sandals from Dolce Vita and a the hat is from Ralph Lauren
Mija is wearing a mesh one piece from She Made Me and a wool felt hat from Janessa Leone
Gabriela Gomez is wearing a black crop top from Forever21, white mesh skirt from Choies and bag and shoes from Stradivarius
Gala Gonzales is wearing a mesh dress from Self-Portrait, boy bag from Chanel and vintage sunglasses from RayBan
Anita VDH is wearing a mesh cut out skirt from from Front Row