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Transparent fabrics have been in since last summer, there is a nice sheen and richness in the fabric which is transparent, it gives a mysterious vibe. Sheer fabrics are always considered alluring, sexy and also royal. Veils are mostly sheer, they add a bit of glamour to a dull look. But one can argue that they are uncomfortable to wear, but the truth is it depends how you incorporate it in your look and outfit.
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Everyone wants to be trendy, but should just be fashionable for the sake of it, definitely not. Translucent fabrics either work when structured or when flowy. they are used the most as dupattas and sarees. Sheerness of the fabric can differ in the amount of transparency. So lets take a look at our different options and how they best work for us: ©image

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1. Net : it is woven, transparent and is normally a soft fabric. It is structured either close knit or spaced out. It is used mostly in bridal wear especially gowns, lehengas, sarees, anarkalis and as dupattas. The lining sets the structure of the fabric, as it folds around it, its great for a full skirt silhouette as gives a lot of  folds  thus, creates good gathers. Net sarees are a great hit, but most women don’t realize net anchals tend to envelope and showcase your forgiving areas more than a regular saree, so wearing a longer or corset blouse might work better than expected. Net sleeves bring out our flaws than any other fabric as they capsule it. Latest Trend: Use of prints under the net instead of plain fabrics in same or shimmer colours. Use of satin floral prints is fast catching up.
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2. Georgette: thicker than most transparent fabrics but probably the softest. Used as dupattas and sarees, and now a popular choice for anarkalis, kaftans and even shirts and kurtis. its less transparent especially if printed or embroidered on. Chikankari is seen the most on this fabric and cotton, this version is more long lasting and shows a lot more. this fabric normally doesn’t normally have linings, as it can be structured by itself. This works on most body types. Latest trends:Georgette trimmed with gotta Patti and sequins prints in sarees are trending right now.
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3. Chiffon: this is one of the lightest fabric, and one needs to be very careful as it can damage easily. Chiffon is considered one of the most romantic fabrics epitomized by Yash Chopra’s heroines. It is used in tops, dresses, kurtas and sarees.It gives an illusion of a silhouette, thus works for most body types, but its important that the lining used is more structured. Latest trends: Printed chiffon with sequins, paired with satin edgings is a recurring trend .
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4.Tulle : softer version of the net, and used most in bridal wear. It is woven from silk, nylon, polyester and even cotton. Used in tutus, veils and also under full skirts to give it more puff. It folds easily and is mostly plain paired with a shinier fabric. Mostly used as layers so tends to stand depending on the size of the  pleats. Latest trend : tutu styled tulle skirts paired with casual plaid shirts to give it an edgy look, for winter can be paired with leggings and boots.
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5. Malmal: it is very sheer and very soft. Used as a lining under clothing, its very breezy due to the way it is woven. Its stiffer, so cannot be used in skirts. Shirts, tops and kurtas are popular during summer, also long dresses in the summer. It works well on most body types but has to be used well. Latest trends : printed kurtas shirt style and even palazzos.

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5. Lace: intricate, delicate and one of the most exquisite. Spells sexiness in a very sophisticated manner. Popular in sarees, anarkalis, dresses and tops and now even pants. It takes the shape as you desire, due to the different varieties the softness differs. Paired mostly with satin and velvet. Latest trend: sarees, additional sleeves or just as trims the lace trend is picking up.

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7.Oraganza: very stiff but can be shiny or dull. The cotton weave is organdy which is dull and silk weave is organza which is shiny.Its stiff and stands when starched. Sarees, dupattas, gowns and dresses are the popular garments available in this fabric. In India, mostly adorned by aligari Patti ka kaam and applique work. Fabric painting on organza was also a trend due to the hard nature of the fabric. It adds weight due to the stiffness so be careful while wearing it. Shiny variety very popular as bridal dupattas especially with brocade and satin outfits. Latest trend : organza Salwar suits, anarkalis and even knee length evening dresses as they make good full skirts with crystal sprinkles, ribbon embroidery is very in.
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8. Chanderi: it is a tougher translucent cotton or silk weave. Popular with block prints or thread work. It has a sheen so popular amongst summer weddings. Its thick so lining should be of a thinner fabric which is softer in nature to perfect your curves. Latest trend : chanderi dresses
and skirts are becoming a hit in summer.
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9. Tissue : its woven silk which is very light but a little stiff. It has a natural sheen and mostly adorned with applique work. Printed tissue with glitter is a returning fad in bridal wear, as its a nice turn from net and brocade. Tissue needs to be worn with care as it looks bigger than it is. A popular choice in gowns, sarees and dupattas. Latest trend: hand painted floral designs dresses and skirts and gotta work anarklis are getting noticed.

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10. Gossamer : sheer gauze like fabric which is woven in cotton or silk. It gives a net feel but is closeknit , popular in white wedding dresses and in dupattas and stoles. It can give a nice structure if used with the right lining. Form fitting as per the design you use. Latest trend : teamed with satin can be seen in maxi dresses and straight kurtas in printed patterns.
Thus, translucence to transparent all leave a mystery in your outfit. Layering is a trend which can be seen this winter, sheer fabrics help in adding print, appliques or accents to a boring outfit. Floral prints, appliques, motifs and even painted are garnering more attention for the coming summer season. Sheer fabrics are light and give a nice romantic feel for summer weddings. Linings in prints or of heavier fabrics and embroidery make the transparency look elegant. So start styling your outfits with a bit of mysticism and be subtly sheer.
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