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How to Wear Sheer For Spring 2012


In just a few months time school will be out and warm weather will be in, and there’s no trend in fashion that’s more weather appropriate semi-sheer. For 2012 it’s not just about semi-sheer tops; although those are also must-have items, top designers and boutiques are breaking out sheer skirts and dresses by the dozens. Now if that seems a little bit obscene, don’t fret; this trend can actually be a lot more modest than it sounds, it’s all about how you wear it.

Sheer Tops

boxy sheer top
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The easiest and most versatile sheer garment to work into your wardrobe is the semi-sheer top. These lightweight, easy and breezy tops embody the spirit of the summer, especially when done in bright colors and fun, tropical prints. The great thing is most semi-sheer tops aren’t actually sheer enough to give anyone any idea of what’s going on underneath, so they can be worn the same way one would wear a white t-shirt -- with a nude bra underneath. For the semi-sheer tops that don’t leave quite as much to the imagination, simply wear a bandeau underneath or opt for a camisole instead.

A semi-sheer top can go with just about anything, from a crisp pair of tailored white shorts or a pair of bright colored cigarette pants. Or, get creative with your look by pairing it with something unexpected; try layering a boxy cropped sheer top over a basic tank dress, a button down loosely tucked into a high waist band skirt, or a tribal printed one under a light weight linen blazer, accessorized with chunky jewelry.

Sheer Maxi Skirts

sheer maxi skirt
Photo @ Forever21.com
Just a few years ago it was all about the maxi dress, and appropriately, that trend has morphed into the maxi skirt. This season there’s a variety of incarnations of the maxi skirt, ranging from the classic ankle length style, to the mid-calf length, high-low, pleated, and of course, semi-sheer versions of all of the above. Most of these skirts come lined to right above the knee, but if you find one that isn’t, try layering it over a bandage skirt or shapewear.

This trend can also be utilized for evening-wear, and it’s already showing up on the couture runways, as well as the red carpet. Plenty of celebrities, including Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Greene, Blake Lively, and Diane Kruger have donned this look for movie premieres, but it’s Transformers star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley who really got it right with the Gucci get-up she wore to the Russian premiere of her movie. The model turned actress layered a sheer black maxi over black boy-cut hot shorts and paired it with a mustard colored floral asymmetrical top -- too cute! Consider this type of unconventional styling for prom, where the key is to pair the skirt with a dressy going-out shell or halter. Alternatively, try matching a sheer lace maxi over a body suit -- sophisticated and statement making!

Semi-sheer Dresses

sheer maxi dress
Photo @ Asos.com
Lastly we have the semi-sheer dress. A sheer tube dress in summery colors like orange, coral and kelly green is just as comfortable as it is stylish. Similar to the skirts, these dresses tend to come lined above the knee, but if not, look for a tunic length camisole or fitted tube dress in the basics or lingerie section to wear underneath.

Since this look is a bit more basic than some of the others, it’s ok to have fun with accessories. Add a belt or tie to define the waist, or offset the look with a statement necklace. The most important thing to keep in mind when planning an outfit around a sheer maxi dress is the shoe. The wrong shoe can look too clunky underneath, so save the peep toes and slingbacks for fall and opt for a barely there strappy sandal, like a nude wedge, instead.

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