Is the 'Sheer-No-Bra' Look the New Street Style Fodder?

The Cut brought our attention to Mr. Newton's latest street style subject, Eleonora Carisi, an Italian blogger, shop owner and regular on street styl
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The Cut brought our attention to Mr. Newton's latest street style subject, Eleonora Carisi, an Italian blogger, shop owner and regular on street styl
Photo: Mr. Newton

Photo: Mr. Newton

The Cut brought our attention to Mr. Newton's latest street style subject, Eleonora Carisi, an Italian blogger, shop owner and regular on street style blogs like the Sartorialist. This is what she wore to lunch at the Seagram Building on Park Ave. yesterday. The Seagram Building is not an ironic name for a new downtown hipster spot. It's a office building in midtown Manhattan. On PARK AVENUE. In the day time.

Carisi is gorgeous and has a great rack but, still, my initial reaction to this was, 'Whaa? WTF?' I've got nothing against bare boobs, especially on the runway, in the pages of fashion mags, on the beach and even on attendees at fashion shows--but in midtown east for a biz lunch in late November it just seems a little out of place. And maybe even a little hard to believe. Chalk it up to my American prudishness, but I'd have trouble not staring during lunch.

Some commenters on Mr. Newton's post felt similarly: "Wow, she’s not shy," wrote Marion while Irmina wrote, "I think you’ve forgotten your bra baby!" Another commenter questioned the legality of going topless in NYC. (Yes, in NYC, it is, as of a 1992 ruling. Read one girl's tale of going topless in the city here.) Other commenters were completely unfazed. "More people should be encouraged to do this," wrote Tina. "I think it looks great! People in America are too squeamish about seeing breasts and it is ridiculous. Keep these types of fashion posts up!!" Bojan didn't notice her tits at all apparently, writing "a very interesting purse!" (C'mon Bojan...)

Sheer was a huge trend coming off the spring runways and we joked, following the shows, that this was probably one of those trends that wouldn't translate to the street or the red carpet. Thank you, Carisi, for proving us wrong.