I’ll Have What She’s Having: Work wonders in a sheer & maxi combination
Actress Emily Blunt looked radiant in a decadent art-deco inspired beaded Gucci dress at a recent LACMA event in Los Angeles while donning an ingenious combination of a sheer panel paired with a dramatic maxi length. And while heavy beading, a fitted shape and a sheer panel below the knee reads as too many ideas for one dress on paper, her Gucci number works thanks to a simple, non-revealing tank cut top half and tonal black bead work.
But Blunt looking va-va-voom in a dress on the red carpet is not the only thing we’d like to point out here since it also brings light to making a maxi length work for you by finding pieces that have clever sheer paneled sections for a play on proportions.
So, how do you wear a maxi dress that won’t make you appear shorter? Easy- find a piece that utilizes the visual effects of sheer fabrications.
Richard Nicoll’s Layered Maxi Skirt from FarFetch.com could get the job done and works as terrific example of a closet staple with universal appeal.
Like Blunt, look for maxi skirts and dresses that are simple in silhouette and decoration while avoiding prints since the eye will most likely keep its attention on the juxtaposition of a sheer hem. As you can see, it makes Blunt appear taller while keeping her red carpet ready in a generous full length. And the idea of a sheer paneled piece isn’t only for evening…
Take Richard Nicoll’s layered maxi skirt above, while it does radiate an ultra-deluxe elegance, its sheer panel is destined to make one look taller while keeping covered(somewhat). Think of the skirt as a considerate alternative to leggings and Blunt’s dress as a youthful take on gala dressing.
From a day skirt that keeps you looking fresh while standing out from the crowd to a statement making evening dress, a sheer paneled hem is certain to work wonders on almost any body type while adding a fresh perspective on floor-sweeping lengths day into night. Keep accessories to a minimum, like Emily’s Sutra ring, and let the sheerness be the focal point. -Naveed Hussain
Emily Blunt with John Krasinski, above, at LACMA’s Art + Film Gala honoring Clint Eastwood & John Baldessari at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Discover a trove of edited sheer options chosen by us: