Sheer fabrics are having a fashion moment, and we love it. Worried the trend is not work appropriate? Knowing how to wear sheers without showing off too much skin is key to pulling the trend off for work and play.
Just follow these simple tips and tricks to get work-wear ready in sheer.
How to wear the sheer trend without baring it all
Layering is crucial
Think of sheer clothing as a way to add a touch of drama to your outfit. If you were going to wear a camisole, throw a sheer top over it or wear a sheer skirt over your favourite pair of jeans.
This way you can embrace the sexiness of the trend without revealing too much.
Try different textures
You don’t have to show off a lot of skin just because you’re wearing something sheer. Choosing flattering and elegant textures, like mesh and lace, is the perfect way to give a nod to the trend, without going too far.
Add some embellishments
Finding embellished pieces can take your look from tacky to trendy. Well-placed appliqué, embroidery or beading can disguise your bra strap and make your look office appropriate.
Use sheer as a tool
If you’re self-conscious about your legs, a pair of glossy sheer tights worn under a pair of shorts or a skirt will give you a boost of confidence. The same rule applies to wearing a crop top under a flowy sheer top – of course, this trick works best when both items are the same colour.
Opt for sheer panels
Still feel like the sheer trend is a bit too racy for your liking? Go for clothing with sheer panelling rather than an all-over transparent fabric. You’ll be paying homage to the trend, without the risk of any awkward slips.
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Prints can make it
Another great way to wear see-through fabric is to find one with prints on it – polka dots, stripes or florals, all of these patterns will distract the eye from resting in one place, making you look instantly slimmer, and you’ll still feel covered.
Placement is important
If you have great arms, go for a blouse with sheer arms. If you love your legs, you could try a pair of trousers with lace panels along the sides. Wear what you feel comfortable in and it will look great on you.
It’s all in the details
A useful trick is choosing items that have smart placement of extra fabric. A ruffled sheer blouse, for instance, is instantly more modest because the extra fabric around your bust will provide more coverage without you even trying.
Go for transparent outer-wear
Ok, so maybe this look isn’t for everyone, but it is a great way to try the trend without too much commitment from your side. If you don’t like it, you can just take it off.
Try it with accessories
Still not convinced you can wear sheers? Well, why not start small. Get see-through socks, a bag with translucent panels, or even mesh jewellery – easy!