Mesh is a strange kind of fabric. It can be tightly knit so that it almost looks like a sheer top or it can appear just like fishnet. But that’s what makes it so interesting. I’ve tried mesh before but it’s never really stuck. So, with the interest of challenging myself to try new textures here’s five ways I’d be willing to style mesh.

Long and Ethereal a la The Craft!

I like to take some inspiration from that pivotal scene from The Craft were all the girls are wearing maxi dresses, layered over t-shirts and tops. Turn the maxi dresses mesh and you have the perfect modern alternative that keeps the witchy air while also taking on the modern aesthetics of textured layered black.

Preferably w/ Clothes

I get the trend of wearing mesh just
with a cool pentagram strapped bra underneath and a pair of hot-pants. It looks cool as
hell. But that’s so far from my own realm of existence. The thing with
mesh is that to look like you’re wearing it, you need contrast otherwise
it’ll just look like another black top.

To create this contrast without
forgoing any clothes, I would opt for looser styles of mesh. Long
dresses as previously mentioned, mid-calf skirts with an under layer at
a knee length, or oversize baby-doll dresses with a tighter
fitting slip underneath.

This kind of style also stay’s
truer to my own unsexualised kind of vibe by making the pieces more
about structure than about skin.

High Necked with a Bralet

Are bralets even a thing anymore? I
don’t care, because the idea of matching a high-necked mesh singlet with
with a bustier really gets me interested. It’s a similar idea to many
of the retro high-necked dresses. They provide the allusion of “covering
up” without the actual need to.

Peaking Out From Under Dresses and Sleeves

For colder
days, a tighter fitting, tighter knit can look perfect layered under a
dress, or under a jacket with rolled sleeves so that it peaks out at the
wrist! Mesh is surprisingly warm when nice and fitted. It traps the
heat in while still being breathable. That makes it the perfect winter
layering piece.

While the mesh trend may be dwindling in mainstream stores and it’s not always appropriate for winter, I’m sure some of us as still holding on! Are you a fan of mesh? How do you wear it?

Images used in this post are all product images VIA Gypsy Warrior. The bitchcraft tee shown with the Circa Mesh Top beside the X-Ray Mesh Mini Dress, Mystical Maxi Dress (long sleeved), velvet burgundy dress, Nightfall Maxi Dress (shown with cardigan),



  1. November 24, 2015 / 9:38 am

    I like bralets! Although I would wear them underneath not showing, but they also look good on those who dare to show them!

    All these look great, it's good to have a list for people who have different levels of confidence. when I was a teen I would always have a singlet top underneath! I also had a mesh zip up top which I would layer over dresses! I have seen some irl people wearing black mesh or lace dresses with only underwear underneath to Goth events and it is kickass but sure takes courage!

  2. November 24, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I love to wear mesh. I usually wear it as sleeves under tops for warmth. Or else i wear a mesh top over a bright tshirt. It darkens it down just right. Love the idea of a mesh maxi dress. Very strega 🙂

  3. November 24, 2015 / 10:15 am

    I love to wear mesh. I usually wear it as sleeves under tops for warmth. Or else i wear a mesh top over a bright tshirt. It darkens it down just right. Love the idea of a mesh maxi dress. Very strega 🙂

  4. November 25, 2015 / 6:47 am

    I prefer lace over mesh when it comes to sheer clothing. I have this white dress with a mostly mesh back that I can't find a way to wear – it might be too 'beachy' for me. It doesn't help that you can see right through the non mesh material as well.
    I do love the sheer over dresses/skirts that have been around lately though 🙂

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