Duke It Out: Sheer for Spring?

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I really thought that this trend was going to die last year, but apparently, I really missed it on that call. From what I have seen so far from the runways and red carpets, sheer is back for spring. And I’m not just talking sheer here – I’m talking “hello world, here’s my bra” no tank top, sheer. I give it up to models, they can strut down the runway in just about anything and make it seem like an OK idea, but in the real world, can anybody make this work?

On the one hand, I kinda like the idea of sheer – it’s sexy and, let’s face it, this is probably the only time in my life I’m going to have a body that can come anywhere close to being OK that uncovered. Plus, I have a lot of pretty bras that I never really wear because they show under clothes, so sheer could definitely help get my money’s worth on that front (and the boy toy gives a thumbs up to anything that involves seeing bras). While I might not be as bold with it as some of the celebs I’ve seen (holy crap, Leighton!) a sheer top + cute bra + jacket could totally be cute for grabbing a drink with the girls. Hey, as long as we’ve got youth on our side, we might as well embrace it, right?

But like it or not, from the time I first started wearing a bra I was taught to make sure that it didn’t show through my clothes. For almost every life situation I’ve been in it’s good advice – showing up to an interview flashing your lacy underthings = not a good idea – which means that this sheer look would only work in very specific circumstances. And let’s face it, this is a look that’s going to get you a lot of attention whether you like it or not, so you have to go in prepared to fend off the catcalls and unavoidable drunken stares at the bar.

I admit, I’ve had my little forays with sheer, but at the end of the day, that mom voice inside my head keeps whispering “people can see your bra” and I end up spending the whole day with my arms folded across my chest. Am I just being a prude, or is this look a little too fashion-forward for the real world? Will you rock out with your, um, bra out this spring? Or is this a look best left to the runways?

Duke it out ladies!



  1. Lauren - University says:

    I thought this might work, but I'm currently watching The Real Housewives and Gretchen is doing the whole sheer thing… and she looks like she left the house and had no idea how see-through her shirt was. It just doesn't work in the real world.

  2. Anna says:

    I think it works for nights out if you have the body for it. You don't have to wear a totally sheer top – you could wear one with a sheer neckline or sheer stripes. Or just wear a black tank underneath.

  3. Princess says:

    Ir definitely is doable, you can't take any look straight off the runway. I have seen a lot of tops/dresses that have sleeves, but are shaped to look like it is strapless (think of those long sleeve wedding dresses from way back when). I also see a lot of cutouts filled with sheer fabric (as opposed to nothing). And finally, don't forget, its totally appropriate to wear a sheer dress over your bathing suit at the beach/pool. I am seeing a lot of prom dresses that are short cocktail dresses with long sheer overlays that reach the floor or even make a train. I believe sheer can work, by adding onto something you would be comfortable going out in alone. Rather than just a bra under a sheer top, a tank top is much more appropriate- and comfortable.

  4. Matthew says:

    I think Princess is right on the money with this one. Sheer can work as long there's something added to it. If you're brave enough and have enough pepper spray to just go sheer beserk then power to you but be ready for a lot of, possibly, unwanted attention from guys you probably wouldn't want to have anything to do with.

  5. Sondra says:

    Other than a rather unique night out even, I don't see this working for most women and hopefully, won't catch on. This is an extreme version of Sex in the City's Carey wearing a colored bra under a top with a bit of show through of peek-a-boo, but part of the intregue with peek-a-boo is that "everything" doesn't show. These are trending more to the "show it all" so no intrigue, just shock. It catches attention but isn't as sexy as just the great fitting LBD.

  6. Kenzie says:

    I think this look is good but can go bad pretty fast! It's a good look for the runway but needs to be taken to the streets in a moderate form. I like it and could incorperate it into some of my styles, but I would probably wear a tank underneath. You also have to have the right body to rock this look! But I like it and think it could be cute this spring when taken down a level or two!

  7. Suzie says:

    If you think about it the designers are making a strategic mistake. If they get us comfortable with going naked, we won't buy clothes and they are out of business……

  8. Sharon says:

    Done right, with a jacket so that exposure is strategically placed to draw more interest than sshow more skin…it could be a fun, fashionable and sexy look.

  9. Zoe J says:

    Suffice to say I am living proof that high fashion is not meant for all! It is actually great to see what others can get away with. If only I had been brave and not so insecure when I had the body to make it work!

  10. Jane Bruner says:

    In NYM I saw one runway model with the whole sheer thing… no bra.


  11. Judy Folsom says:

    I agree with Sharon. It could work with a bit of strategy.

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