The Sheer Overlay Dress

While the grunge comeback has some features that we have always enjoyed, like bands t-shirts, second hand Dr. Martens and leather jackets, there are other recent last minute trends that have us dazed and confused.

Just like in the T-Shirt under the Slip Dress trend, the sheer dress over a regular rocker outfit is a subject that inevitably calls our attention!

Probably you have reached your local favorite clothes looking for some autumnal inspiration and have encountered in the front mannequins something like this:

Just as we did in spring, overlaying sheer outfit with a bolder one seems to be the new way of not letting the seasons go by. If waving winter goodbye meant floral dresses over denim pants, the autumn trend is clear: sheer dresses over grunge outfits. Black is, as the mighty 90s rule the trends this season, the must wear color for this look, so if you are willing to give this a try, keep an eye on the queen of colors!

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The black lacy beach dress you wore all August will perfectly do the trick to get this look, but every clothing brand at the mall have embraced the new season developing a few designs of these dresses for their fall line, less lacy, more sheer, with a back alley after the concert vibe. The best thing about this combination is, overlaying the dress over a basic outfit would almost mean that no accessories at all will be needed to make this look feel completed. Skinny jeans and a basic top, all black everything, will get you feeling just like Courtney Love the second you put the cherry (dress) on top!


Why this trend? The plain dresses play a strong role this season. In awe to the grunge culture, the wish of never growing up translates itself in the popularity of these plain, innocent dresses, that in one way or another get their way to our wardrobe no matter what. Almost naive, the contrast achieved when combined with a dark and mysterious, witchy look, is what makes this so special. The game of textures and finishes enables you to make a double impression.

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Setting aside that the basic item for rocking out this look is the sheer black dress, you can go further with great variety of colors and effects of the dress fabric. As seen above (a personal favorite!), you can find almost anything, from pastels, to metallic looks, embroidered details and whatnot! If you want to think big and doing things the easiest way is not for you, ditch the black simple one and don’t hesitate to go searching the right one for you!

The possibilities of this trend are tremendous and the combinations infinite. If you are familiar with the 90s style, just dress yourself up as you would normally and then add the dress! It suits every body types and complexions, and the delicate but grungy vibe won’t leave people indifferent.

If there’s one trend I like this season, and that I’m definitely willing to try, is this one!