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Here’s how to dress and go sheer without going bust.
Do dare to bare.
We don’t endorse the all-or-nothing approach but this is definitely one fashion trend that requires some guts. But that doesn’t necessarily relegate it to Rated R territory. Transparency can absolutely be classy if done right, so whether your style leans toward pretty buttoned-up blouses with delicate see-through sleeves or sexy cocktail dresses with sheer paneling, don’t be afraid to show a little skin. That is after all, the point.
Don’t confuse runway with real life.
It may just be a strip of floor with chairs on either side, but a catwalk is a kind of fantasy world where anything can happen. Sometimes it looks like the real world, but sometimes it really doesn’t. Monstrous reptile shoes, furry Sasquatch snowsuits, pastel-hued hair—the idea is inspiration, not imitation. Take Dior’s ethereal bare-all gowns, none of which anyone blinked an eye at. Totally normal on a runway. Not so much on Park Avenue.
More tips on how to dress in this season’s transparency fashion trend on the next page…
Do layer up.
The easiest way to pull off transparency without abandoning all modesty is to experiment with layers. Try pairing a sheer maxi skirt with a fitted mini underneath or a wearing a pretty diaphanous blouse over a camisole, bandeau top or even belted over a dress. Keep the look modern by juxtaposing your sheer fabrics with weightier pieces like leather leggings, cotton tees and structured jackets.
Don’t forget to wear a bra.
There was a time when we thought this one would be a given, but apparently times have changed. So here it is on the record; bras are a good thing, especially when paired with sheer tops. So get thee to a lingerie shop and into a pretty new brassiere because the way this transparency trend is ramping up, you are going need it.
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