I first fell in love with mesh when I saw A Pair and a Spare’s DIY Mesh Pencil Skirt and my obsession with a dress with a sheer midriff I saw on 24-Hour Catwalk that I initially mistook for mesh.
Curated from Lifetime.com (right) and A Pair and a Spare DIY (left)
So, when going through Neiman Marcus for clothing featuring mesh, safe to say, I was pretty disappointed. There weren’t many outfits that featured mesh in any daring or creative manner but there were a few hidden gems on Net-A-Porter (I’m tempted to stay off Neiman Marcus now). The mesh always seems rather discreet like in this Nanette Lapore Tahmira Mesh-Sleeve Ponte Dress where the mesh is just sleeves or in this Catherine Malandrino Mesh/Faux-Leather Fitted Dress where the mesh is literally hidden by the geometric leather pieces (although I do love how clean this dress is) but there are a few hidden gems like this M Missoni Space Dye & Mesh Dress although, upon closer look, it looks more knit than mesh.
Nanette Lapore (left) and Catherine Malandrino (center) And M Missoni (right), curated from Neiman Marcus
Although Net-A-Porter was slightly more promising with this MCQ Alexander McQueen Mesh-Paneled Stretch Leggings which is not only ingenious because I’ve never come across pants with mesh before (and the mesh is clearly visible and obvious here) and this Emillio Pucci Silk-Chiffon and Embellished Mesh Dress which is almost sporty but classy at the same time with a racerback but is made of silk-chiffon and mesh. I am in love.
Emilio Pucci (left) and MCQ for Alexander McQueen (right), curated from Net-A-Porter
Of course, what would a post be without shoes? Net-A-Porter’s selection of shoes when searched “Mesh” is, for lack of a better word, delightful and I’ve just discovered a new shoe designer addiction: Nicholas Kirkwood. I am obsessed. His shoes are just gorgeous and that ice-pick thin gold heel?! Catch me as I faint from excited fangirling! And of course, Jimmy Choo never fails to disappoint.
Clockwise from top left: Nicholas Kirkwood Lace-Mesh Pumps, Nicholas Kirkwood Embellished Suede and Mesh Ankle Boots, Bruno Magli Gelmer Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Mesh and Suede Pumps, Jimmy Choo Embellished Mesh and Suede Sandals, Jimmy Choo Amika Patent Leather-Trimmed Lace and Mesh Pumps, Nicholas Kirkwood Lace-Mesh and Leather Sandals, curated from Net-A-Porter.
A Google search of “Mesh Dress” turned quite a lot of results on ASOS and Forever 21. You’d think that it was one or two dresses but when I clicked on the links, it was literally hundreds of dresses in almost the same styles with little peeks of non-creative mesh. In a moment of limited fashion knowledge, I worshiped the ground that Forever 21 walked on but after a glimpse at this website, I’ll worship select pieces. And, after this glimpse which left me in somewhat horror, I understand why there is so little mesh used in wearable high fashion pieces.
This has got to be the pièce de résistance on my obsession with mesh and it rejuvenates my love for mesh after having been tortured with the generic mesh dresses on ASOS and Forever 21. If you are as obsessed with mesh as I am (and you have a tons of cash stashed away to spare), consider procuring Saint Laurent’s Swarovki Crystal-Embellished Stretch-Mesh Jumpsuit. There is nothing more quirky-classy than this jumpsuit and if you can pull if off as well as Kate Moss at Paris Fashion Week 2013, why not? If you’re daring, put on a black bra (preferable one with a scalloped edge or lace), a black leather mini-skirt, some combat boots and you’ll be a high fashion goth.
Because I am so obsessed, the jumpsuit deserves four pictures: The jumpsuit (top right) and close-up (center), styling by Net-A-Porter (top right), on the runway (bottom-left), curated from Net-A-Porter and Kate Moss Paris Fashion Week 2013 (bottom right), curated from Handbag.com.
Yay or Nay on Mesh? Leave me a comment!