What NOT to do When Styling Sheer: How to Show Some Skin without Baring it All

by - Tuesday, March 05, 2013

With a trend like sheer clothing, there tend to be more rules for how NOT to wear it than there are for how TO wear it. Unlike more versatile and accessible spring trends like leather and printed denim, sheer is easy to mess up--but it’s so worth it when you get it right. Since this fun spring fashion trend is risqué, check out the following don’ts when it comes to wearing sheer.

DON'T leave out accessories

With any other bold fashion item, piling on the accessories comes with the risk of accessory overload. But when it comes to sheer fashion, you can never have too many accessories. Quirky initial necklaces are a must for sheer tops, since the sparkle from this accessory can balance a matte top. Bangles, watches and bracelets in general are also great choices for adding a little sparkle, while still keeping the outfit as the center of attention.

DON'T forget where you're going

A sheer top or dress is a sexy, sassy choice for a hot date with that cute guy from the gym, but your grandma probably won't be as impressed. Since sheer can be a daring fashion choice, you can't wear it to the office or on a luncheon with your boyfriend's parents. However, sheer can be modified to play down its provocativeness. So, if you really want to wear 
that sheer button-up to the mall, layer it with a tank or wear a multi-colored cardigan for a modest, yet edgy look.

DON'T push it

Sheer is one of those fabrics that can go from subtly sexy to terribly inappropriate in the time it takes you to finish getting ready. Remember that you've got to keep your outfit classy when you wear sheer, so balance a provocative top with a more conservative bottom and vice-versa. For example, if you're going to wear a short dress with a sheer plunging neckline, you might want to pair it with tights or add a stylish blazer to your outfit to maintain a bit more mystery.

Cher from “Clueless” might have been a bit ahead of her time when she started rocking this trend in the 90s, but sheer clothing has made a big comeback onto the fashion scene today. Like I said, sheer can be difficult to pull off. If you're hesitant about going all out, give it a test run first with subtle sheer detailing before you fully embrace this sassy style.

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