After relying on sweats and stretchy clothes for the best part of the last year, we have become accustomed to the comfier, more casual side of our wardrobes. Whilst we know this won’t last forever, the second skin trend encourages us to make our “out out” wardrobes as comfortable as can be, without skimping on glamour.
This trend, championed by the likes of Ganni and Marine Serre, broadly means clothes that are so tight they seem like a second skin. Think of ribbed materials, mesh, and clingy knits – they’re comfy, but feel more put-together than typical athleisure, and have way more styling options. On recent runways, we have seen a resurgence of the trend, with Prada layering tight long-sleeved tops underneath shirts and jumpers whilst Rick Owens and Thebe Magugu sent head-to-toe clingy knits down the runway.
What we love about the accessibility of this trend is how inclusive they are. No matter your shape or size, whether clingy clothes are your go-to because they make you feel confident and daring or you’re ready to explore outside of your comfort zone with a different style, there is something for you. Here at FROW, we love to help you find fashionable pieces that make you feel like the best version of yourself. That’s why we have selected a range of items from midi dresses to mesh tops, allowing you to opt for a full-body look or merely give a nod to the trend (in true Prada fashion) by styling a mesh top underneath a shirt or knit.
One thing is for sure: this trend really encourages you to have fun with your styling. You can treat them as if they are your skin and use them to layer to your heart’s content, or you can welcome the warmer temperatures in little more than a delicate and figure-hugging knit in spring hues. Or, instead of going all out, consider trying mesh or knit separates with denim or wide-leg trousers for a more casual and comfortable look. This is a great way to ease yourself into a trend without feeling like you need to wear an entire outfit that sits tight to your skin!
Shop the best second skin pieces below.