Sunday, July 27

You CAN Do Mesh

Gretchen Mol
 J. Mendel
Miranda Kerr
Elizabeth & James

If, when you hear the word "mesh," you think of those stinky shorts at the bottom of your gym bag, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  What started as a boon to runners, swimmers, and aerobics instructors has caught the eyes of designers, who have translated the weblike fabric into sophisticated fashion meant for the street.  And, yes, even the red carpet.

Why I love this look...
1. Today we expect our clothes not only to look sensational, but also to perform- and mesh does.  The material's narrowly spaced openings allow air to pass through, keeping you cool and dry.  What a godsend during this particularly hot and humid summer!

2. It's seductive in an offhand way. The shapes may refer to athletic wear- T-back dresses, sweatshirts, and tank tops- but the result is refined, owing to luxe fabrics and pairings as well as the subtle glimpse of skin.

How to Pull it Off...
When worn with flat sandals, a simple T-shirt dress with a netted bodice is perfect for a backyard barbecue or a day running errands.  But it becomes cocktail attire when teamed with strappy high heels.  Mesh open-toe booties are sexy and unexpected accents to wide-leg trousers or any easy shirt and shirt combo.

Gianvito Rossi

Alexander Wang

Bailey 44
Elizabeth & James
Rebecca Taylor

Rag & Bone
Juicy Couture

Boutique 1
Jonathan Simkhai

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