Tulle is great for 50's prom dresses and mesh only good for goth vests, but there's a trend exploring volume in light, airy ways. Ruffles and bubbles allow a less rigid silhouette, creating a floaty aura or tight rouching for sleeves, skirts and outlines.
The sheer blouse was an easy option for Miu Miu and Dries, but a shimmery layer over shift dresses at Philip Lim and Alberta Ferretti prove the highly popular pregnant stomach look can just look like an illusion.
3.1 philip lim, erin fetherston, akris, dries, chanel, alberta ferretti, miu miu, chloe, karl lagerfeld
I like the way tulle can be puffed out to create volume, rather than ruffling cotton which can't help creasing during the day.
jens laugesen, d&g
A long, billowing dress isn't exactly practical, but embellished and embroidered sheer cascades would be easier to imitate.
elie saab, galliano, hermes, valentino, versace, mcqueen
Sonia Rykiel ruffled up tulle, as well as knitwear, to shake up any normal shape, and Yohji Yamamoto added a simple long trail from a hat as though he spotted another collection and quickly threw it over the nearest available model claiming originality and wedding dress alternatives...
sonia rykiel, yohji yamamoto
Some pretty fishy ideas (haha fishy, i am genius) was layers of net, which kind of looked like you had an accident off a Cornwall coast or maybe costume design for the lifelike remake of Ariel (best film EVER)
nina ricci, givenchy
A few sheer blouses are in the shops, but I'm hankering for anything with random hits if tulle and fine net to add edges and volume in a non predictable way. Topshop have some offerings of an ugly mesh and sequin vest and basic sheer shirt. Warehouse have some pretty blouses for autumn but no one needs another one in light cream and beige.
Not forgetting leg wear, the savior of boring winter coats, opaques are replaced with slimming thin stockings.
blumarine, preen, undercover
So tulle and net are the perfect materials to construct volume over a body conscious silhouette. I've dug up a H&M tutu dress and some Jonathan Ashton sheer grey stockings from tightsplease.co.uk. The materials are light enough to wear during this non existent summer!