We see through you (SHEER TREND)

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THE see-through (sheer) trend is per­haps the cra­zi­est look we have seen yet in fash­ion, but it’s also well po­si­tioned to be the pret­ti­est. It’s great for those who want to bare a lit­tle flesh with­out go­ing Lady Gaga or Ri­hanna on the streets. The trick is in how you wear it, on run­ways noth­ing is left to the imag­i­na­tion but the for­mula for real life is to layer the dress (or top) over a t-shirt and jeans. Driv­ing that point home, we’ve seen some on the streets al­ready adopt­ing the idea with sur­pris­ing ease.

While sheer gowns may glide ef­fort­lessly down the cat­walk and run­ways over­seas, most are still hes­i­tant about in­cor­po­rat­ing sheer into ev­ery­day wear. With the fol­low­ing tips it should be eas­ier to pull off.

Stock up on lin­gerie to keep you cov­ered and stick to pan­elled dresses, skirts, and blouses if you’re feel­ing on the safe side. Maybe less re­ally is more af­ter all. Take baby steps. See-through cloth­ing is in­tim­i­dat­ing and if you’re just try­ing it out for the first time, ease into it. Start with one sheer el­e­ment, whether it’s a shirt, skirt, or a dress — and wear it right.

There’s no doubt that a swatch of skin can be both dar­ing and chic with­out re­veal­ing too much. For the less ad­ven­tur­ous, stick to sheer-pan­elled tops and dresses that take all the guess­work out of wear­ing the sheer trend. Translu­cent fab­rics can draw in­ter­est to longer shaped styles or opaque fab­rics. Go for sporty vibes with a sheer-pan­neled tee or rock a midi-skirt this sum­mer.

Choose some­thing in­com­pat­i­ble with your reg­u­lar un­der­gar­ments. On the flip­side, you may put on the item and dis­cover that it is just as weird as you ex­pected it to be. Some­times, you’ll love it any­way, like if the fit is very flat­ter­ing. In these in­stances, you have to work re­ally hard not to con­vince your­self that you can find a bra for that. When get­ting your sheer gar­ment, try it on with what you plan to pair it with. This will give you as­sur­ance about your pur­chas­ing de­ci­sion.

Lay­er­ing a sheer chif­fon dress or blouse over a crop top adds di­men­sion and wear­a­bil­ity to any out­fit. Keep things sim­ple un­der­neath with a nude bra or dis­creet slip or dare to be bold and rock a sporty ban­deau and high-waisted pants or shorts. Even the slouch­i­est of tops look ef­fort­lessly cool when it comes to sheer fab­rics. From drapey blouses to rompers, the sheer trend en­sures that slouchy sil­hou­ettes feel in­stantly sexy, not sloppy. For the less ad­ven­tur­ous who want to get in on the sheer trend, a good way to do this would be to in­vest in ca­sual outer pieces like capes or ki­monos.

DON’T mix styles. If you’re go­ing to veer into sheer, you want to make sure your look stays con­sis­tent. Typ­i­cally speak­ing, if you’re wear­ing black lace you want to wear a black bra, tank top, ban­deau top or camisole un­der­neath — not a nude, thick, grandma bra. Nude tank tops can work, but nude bras are never go­ing to per­fectly match your skin tone, so don’t think you can pop your granny bra un­der there and no one will no­tice. Keep it sim­ple.

Find the per­fect flesh-coloured camisole. A great camisole, ideally made of stretchy cot­ton that’s form-fit­ting and not bulky, will to­tally change your wardrobe op­tions. Sud­denly, sheer but­ton-down blouses be­come a sta­ple. Buy this when­ever you find it, be­cause hav­ing it in the closet al­ready takes the stress out of buy­ing sheer or open-knit shirts.

Last, but not least, DON’T go full bondage. You’re al­ready show­ing enough skin — no need to go 50 shades darker. Stay away from see through bot­toms.

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