Watching movies, old and new, is a terrific way to spot trends. I saw the dress below in the 1972 Academy Award-winning film Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) that I think is very now. A nude-colored, netted number likely cut very wide at the bottom, like a swing dress.
Since fishnet tights became popular a few years ago, it’s no surprise that netting, along with its fabric cousin mesh, appears in clothing these days. I think we’ll probably see more of this trend, thanks to it’s transparency, geometry, and playfulness. Here are some examples.
Racerback Net Romper from Nasty Gal
American Apparel Nylon Spandex Stretch Lace Diamond Grid Long Sleeve Button-Up
DimePiece Designs Cat Scratch Hoodie
We Love Colors Fishnet Mini Dress
Tadashi Shoji Origami Dress from Neiman Marcus
I was a little taken aback by American Apparel’s home page featuring photos of a model wearing the Bullseye Print Tank. (Some of those angles were not flattering!) Nonetheless, I remained on the site long enough to discover their Organic Baby Rib Cross-Back Summer Dress. A feminine, flirty item like this would make a nice showing on Baker Beach as a cover up. Or, pair it with a jacket to make it through a breezy picnic in Dolores Park.