Sheer fabrics were on practically every spring ’09 RTW (ready to wear, for those of you not in the runway know!) runway. The models above are sporting ensembles from Alberta Ferretti, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, and Chanel.
While this trend may look super sexy on the runway (and the runway models), it can end up looking super trampy when worn in real life if not done correctly. Adding in sheer details or layering will help you rock this trend without showing too much skin.
Your school’s winter formal could be the perfect place to flaunt this look. Look for a dress that’s sheer at the top but still covers all the important parts. Click on any of these to shop:
You can also rock a sheer top for going out at night. There are so many options when it comes to the sheer top, from the subtle design (the first top from DKNY), to the much more risque (like the third look from Vera Wang Lavender Lable). Go for what makes you comfortable and remember: even the tiniest bit of sheer ups the sexy factor.
You can also wear a sheer blouse to your job, if your office is fashion forward. You can tuck it into a pencil skirt (so cute), or wear it out over a pair of black pants. Just make sure to wear something under it! And bring a sweater or blazer to cover up if you feel too exposed.
Since the sheer look makes a statement on its own, don’t pile on necklaces or scarves; keep accessories simple. If you’re wearing a black dress, add a plain black bangle, clutch, and pumps or sandals. With the tops, pair them with jeans or a skirt, with flats or heels.
Don’t overdo it, or you will take away from the eye catching glamour of the sheer piece. Although, don’t underdo it either. There is a fine line between trendy sheer and trampy sheer. Don’t cross the line.