Wearing an open mesh is not often expected in an everyday fashion. Its racy exposure has the ability to set the wrong tone. But, when mixed with lace and cotton, the game changes. In her Spring/Summer 2014 fashion collection, Collette Dinnigan made mesh acceptable and surprisingly pretty.
How did she do this? With CONTRAST and layering. Mesh wasn’t used alone. It was integrated with other textures of fabrics- lace, eyelet, cotton and even some pleating details. It was used in colors. The mesh went from being racy or sporty to soft and calming simply by the personalities of its partnering fabrics.
Mesh has a strong personality, but on its own it can be ineffective. Adding in other fabrics with various textures and colors breathes new life into an old personality.