Upon seeing the crazy styles at the much-talked-about 2015 Met Gala and my local high street, I can’t help but ask the question: Have sheer, next-to-naked, dare-to-bare designs become the new essential? I’m not entirely surprised, considering the popularity of see-through ensembles years ago (like Britney Spears’ sheer diamond bodysuit in her Toxic music video). For that matter, I expect to see less fabric and more skin in the near future.
If you’ve invested in a sheer frock but aren’t quite prepared to bare everything, this list will help you fulfil your daytime and night time styling needs.
This button-down is a versatile option when experimenting with the exposed lingerie trend. A pair of slouchy pants would be a nice companion to balance the sex appeal. If it’s a little chilly, count on a leather jacket for a little rocker edge.
Also a fantastic option for flaunting your fanciest lingerie (a bandeau-like bra is the perfect accompaniment), this sheer knit top comes in an open knit construction that boosts the sexy see-through style. The light and airy layer makes for an effortless pair with distressed denim cut-offs for dressed-down days.
A slightly more intricate design yet still effortless for downtime styling, this ivory crochet top looks great when layered over a bodysuit and slick leather pants. It tops my list of bold after-hours ensembles to try out this season.
This completely sheer top might be one of the toughest sartorial challenges when dabbling in the see-through trend. There’s no impact revealing too little, while revealing too much threatens indecent exposure. I’d pair this diaphanous top with a bodycon camisole for an effortless and sheerly brilliant party look.
Albeit minimalist in design, this semi-sheer number is an amazing opportunity to highlight my racer-back bodycon dress.
Floral lace is nothing new, but it gives this shift dress an alluring twist as an insert for its open-back design. The monochrome palette and demure design of this well-designed frock makes it a nice addition to my workwear collective.
A monochrome, effortless cover-up like this checked jacket is the perfect way to get a beginner’s feet wet. It pairs with practically any look and guarantees that toughed-up street-style edge.
The vibrant lip print is like the cherry on top of this sexy blouse. Pair with a tonal V-neck bodysuit.
This sheer floral blouse, embellished with tonal embroidery throughout, is another great way to work sheer into the office repertoire. I’d throw a crisp white blazer on top and pair with a sleek pencil skirt for a minimalist edge.
This is not exactly a see-through, near-naked style per se, but the layered design’s edgy, elegant take on the tired floral maxi dress secures a spot on my list. Flattering, appropriate and fashionable, this maxi is perfect for dressy weekend brunches with the girls.