Summer fashion: 4 fashion tips on how to wear the sheer trend

4 fashion tips on how to sport summer’s must-try trend: the breezy, barely there runway look this summer that leaves just enough to the imagination.

Jul 05, 2012
Ava Baccari
Summer fashion: 4 fashion tips on how to wear the sheer trend

We’ve seen it all these days—London, France— so why shy away from one of the summer's hottest runway trends out of fear that others might see your underpants? Besides, when worn right, the sheer trend is as breezy and liberating as its summer-friendly name implies, but can also be perfectly appropriate to wear to the office. “When donning the sheer trend, the most important things to keep in mind are layering, proportion and undergarments,” says Sarah Danniels, a Vancouver-based fashion and wardrobe stylist. Danniels gives us the bare truth about how to wear the ladylike sheer trend this summer—seen on Spring/Summer 2012 runways from Lanvin to Marc Jacobs—including how to layer see-through pieces with solid ones, find your best fit and go from the office to evening-ready with your summer fashion.

How to wear the sheer trend fashion tips #1: Blend sheer and opaque pieces for the perfect look.

Like a delicately tiered wedding cake, “mastering the sheer summer trend is all about playing with layering,” says Danniels. Overlay airlight chiffon atop solid fabrics. Her best bet if feeling shy? The sheer blouse. “If the blouse is printed or patterned, opt for a solid-coloured camisole underneath.” Danniels also recommends layering a white or cream sheer linen knit top with a navy striped camisole underneath for a daytime look. Same goes for see-through skirts and dresses: wear a shorter solid slip underneath, she advises.

How to wear the sheer trend fashion tips #2: Drape yourself in breezy, see-through fabrics…

One more reason to love this summer fashion look: “The sheer trend is for all body types, says Danniels. “Just be cautious of how loose-fitting the piece is.” While this isn’t exactly pajama dressing, “sheer pieces that fall away from the skin are always classier than form-fitting ones.” Keep your layers purposeful and well proportioned instead. “The long sheer maxi skirt looks fabulous on tall women, while a sheer tunic length blouse with a great pair of dark skinny jeans looks great on curvier women.” Add a solid camisole or slip dress under the sheer top or dress so that swaths of lightweight fabric hug your silhouette perfectly. “Try belting a dress to create more definition to your waistline,” she adds.

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