Not too long ago, the idea of wearing mesh tops might have conjured up images of Lena Dunham‘s character Hannah Horvath in a pivotal—and buzzy—episode of HBO’s “Girls.” (For the unfamiliar, let’s just say it included swapping shirts with a friend, a nightclub, and more than a little of a controlled white substance.)
Flash forward to 2015 though, and it’s clear mesh tops aren’t just for fictional hipsters on a path to self discovery—they’re also a favorite among designers, fashion bloggers, and street style stars. In fact, the see-through lightweight fabric—most often associated with basketball jerseys and other sporty staples—has showed up recently on numerous runways, including Balmain, Balenciaga, Versace, Lacoste, and Alexander Wang.
Plus, let’s not forget the fact that the “athleisure” movement is at the forefront of current fashion—meaning, we’re living in a time where what we wear to the gym is almost as important as what we wear on a date. And, oftentimes, the two are practically interchangeable, which is a win-win for mesh fans since the material is sheer, and has the added bonus of a little sex appeal.
Whether you’re looking for casual mesh tops or styles that are more weekend-ready, click through the gallery above to shop our stylish picks now.