From Valentino’s white and black lace dresses to YSL’s transparent tops, we’ve seen sheer clothing dominate the runway in the 2019 Spring-Summer collections of several couture brands. But the problem with sheer clothing is that it can be worn only for specific occasions and it’s a bit tricky to style if you’re going for a chic, grownup look.
For instance, wearing a sheer top to work or wearing a sheer dress to brunch without thinking about what to layer over it or what goes best under it might not be the best idea. But since the trend is here to stay, we are going to give you styling tips on how to pull off sheer like a queen.
Beads, sequins and mirror work become your best friends when picking up sheer clothing, as embellishments add a certain charm to sheer dresses and skirts. They also help you feel more comfortable by giving the illusion that the piece is more covered than it actually is.
If you’re bold and confident enough to pull off a sheer skirt by itself for a brunch or a day of shopping, kudos to you! But if layering it will help you feel less exposed, pop on a mini skirt under the sheer one and go about your day.
You can layer a sheer skirt with a long sweater in the winter months or with a shirt dress in the summer. Since both these options will be bolder and heavier, they will command everyone’s attention and the sheer, long dress will add a bit of feminine detailing.
Wear a tube top with pants or even a bandeau bralette with a skirt and use the sheer shirt as a cover-up. This will cover everything you want as well as add some drama to the look. You can mix and match solid colours or even go for a monochrome ensemble.
Instead of throwing something on the sheer dress, let it show off whatever you want by wearing something inside of it. It could be a bodycon dress or a slip dress, if those are the silhouettes you’re going for, or it could even be a black or skin-toned bodysuit to show off just enough skin.
When picking out outfits for your beach holiday, sheer is a great option. You can wear it on top of your bikini for a seaside party in the evening. But another thing to note is that printed tops feel less transparent than they are, so you can also pair one with some denim shorts to look effortlessly stylish.
Lace makes for some great sheer tops and skirts. It’s showing skin but just enough to not make you feel uncomfortable. So, if you’re doubtful about sheer, start with lace. You can also be mindful of picking tops with sheer panelling so that your underclothes aren’t exposed and you still look fashionable.
Another way to hide the fact that you’re wearing a sheer top is to go the colour-blocking way. Bright colours always attract attention and even if your bra is visible through your shirt, they’ll take centre stage. So, a neon pink blazer or an orange cover-up will go a long way in making sheer more wearable.
Athleisure is what everyone is sporting these days, and so can you! Your sheer top can be worn over printed pants and a sports bra of the same material for a gym look, an airport look or even a run to the grocery store. Trust us, you’ll look very trendy.
This neon-pink sheer top is ideal for a casual brunch or a beach vacay. You can layer it on top of your bikini, throw on a denim skirt or shorts and head out for a day of fun. You can easily remove the sheer top if you suddenly get an impulse to dive into the water.
We told you that embroidery, embellishments and lace look great with sheer fabrics. This top from Zara can be worn to the office with a spaghetti top inside or for a dinner and a night out with a bralette or bandeau. Either way, it’s stylish, classy and covers just enough at the same time.
This blouse is great for a dinner to a fine dining restaurant or to a posh club in the city. Pair it with flared pants and a cute bralette, throw on a pair of pumps, and you’ll look like a queen. You can even go all out with a smokey eye since the outfit is pretty monochrome.
This is a look for a cocktail night, youngsters party or even a night out. Be the center of attention in this naked dress with embellishments and beads. Pair it with a nude bodysuit to cover up everything without killing the Hollywood glam vibe of the dress.
This mesh dress is perfect for a techno night or a trance party. Pair it with a bodycon dress or a slip dress. If you want to show more skin, you can even pair it with a bralette or a bandeau and a tight mini skirt. That way it’ll break the monotony of the outfit. Cute, right?
This pastel rainbow skirt has our heart! Pair it with a casual cropped tee, sweatshirt or sweater for a more casual look but you can also wear it with a sequin top for a girls’ night out. Pair it with statement earrings and cute kitten heels and you’re good to go.
This outfit marries a sporty look with some delicate detailing. Pair this skirt with a bandeau or a bralette or even with a casual tee for an everyday look. You can accessorise it with a choker and some bracelets to add some bling to the ensemble.