Conquering Sheer

How to pull off summer's see-through trend, even if it makes you a little nervous


Words: Maxinne Mboweni | Image: REXFeatures

Whether you're owning the thot aesthetic or aiming for a pared-back take on the trend, the sheer pieces seen everywhere this season can definitely create a style conundrum. The sheer top over a push-up bra or lacy bralette look can sometimes be a bit brazen during daylight hours – a look that some can pull off easily with the right measure of attitude, but on another might simply seem uncreative. We're here to help you work out how to style and layer sheer for the moments you're trying to serve fashion-forward looks.

Layer over a tee for a casual look


Perhaps one of the trickiest aspects of mastering how to pull off sheer is in working out what to wear underneath. When trying to make sheer work for an unexpected daytime casual look, consider taking a slightly 90s-inspired approach, with a sheer cami dress over a white fitted tee.

Layer under a dress for a look that won’t shock your boss

To help offset the risqué nature of sheer, pair it under a streamline dress. This look not only allows you to adapt this season’s sheer trend into an office-appropriate outfit, but is the ideal balance of edgy and elegant. This look proves that sometimes, highlighting your assets is more effective when approached subtly.

Layer over your entire outfit.

Play up an offbeat aesthetic and layer a sheer dress or coat over your outfit. Not only does the look add cool texture but channels a young, street style-inspired vibe.

Layer under outerwear for the ultimate fashion peek a boo look

If you simply can’t go without trying the sheer-over-bralette look, then consider pairing sheer underneath an oversized blazer or jacket. This look proves that upon closer scrutiny, conservative and provocative can in fact work in perfect harmony. 

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