Sheer dressing is back for spring and summer, and it’s a great way to amp up your style to add a bit of class to your day outfit, or carry over from day to night.
There’s something a bit European about the sheer look, and it’s a stylish way to add a touch of sophistication to the simplest of outfits.
Confused by the concept? Don’t be.
Sheer dressing is simply transparent fabrics such as mesh, lace and tulle, which work best when combined with a ‘block’ fabric which covers your torso or trunk.
Here’s how to wear it:
If the idea of wearing a completely sheer dress or top is too daring (and we don’t advise this for work!), try layering to get the effect.
For example, layer a sheer lace top over a silk camisole, or even a mesh red top over a black singlet. It adopts the concept of sheer dressing but keeps the overall look elegant.
Sheer fabrics look best on arms, the décolletage and to layer over a conservative-length skirt.
Just add a touch of sheer
Look for tops and dresses that embrace the sheer look without being risqué.
Just one garment in a sheer fabric can look great paired with a simple staple, such a black pants, for a cocktail or after-work function.
The pink Ruffle Spot Tee from Witchery (pictured, below) is a great example of incorporating a touch of sheer – it contrasts spot mesh with opaque ruffles for a demure yet feminine look.
Watch your hem lines and neck lines
When incorporating sheer dressing into your wardrobe, consider hem lines and neck lines to maintain balance.
Stay chic with sheer by keeping things restrained. The sheer look hints at but doesn’t expose what’s underneath. Ensure lengths are more conservative to keep it classy.
For example, if you’re wearing a short, sheer dress don’t do a plunging neckline too. Rather opt for a maxi-length skirt if you want to show off bare shoulders, or if you prefer to show a little leg make sure you’ve got a high neck line or long sleeves.
Beautify casual basics
Sheer dressing is a great way to add a point of interest to a basic look or to add some embellishment to your casual staples.
Elevate a plain pair of skinny black jeans with a long-sleeved mesh black top that delicately shows off your arms.
The key is not to overcomplicate the look. So, if you’re wearing sheer, keep your basics conservative.