Sheer Fascination: The Best See-Through Looks For Spring

Sheer is currently one of hottest trends seen all over the global runways. Sexy and sleek, it’s not the easiest to wear if you’re fearful of over-exposure; it can, in fact, be entirely intimidating. But when applying a few tips on layering and mixing and matching materials such as mesh, chiffon, and lace, this look is sassy and seductive — and all about conceal-and-reveal trickery.

Here we take a look at this revealing fashion statement.

Mesh

Zuhair Murad

It’s a challenging fabric to say the least — after all, it’s transparent. However, mesh is actually quite versatile; if styled properly, it can make for a useful layering piece. Sportier mesh works well with jeans and a camisole tank, but vamp it up for evening attire with an all-mesh gown and nude bodysuit.

Chiffon

Fendi

Chiffon is light, feminine, and transcends sexiness. It can also be layered with almost anything! If you’re looking at a sheer black number, try pairing it with high-waisted underwear or a boy shorts cut and complimentary bra. If the chiffon is on the lighter end of the pallet, try a patterned bra that peeks through for eye-catching appeal. Layer mixed patterns for a bolder approach.

Cut-Out Patterns

Balmain

A textured tulle piece may already come affixed with a lining, but for extra protection, it doesn’t hurt to add one more layer underneath. The solution: a half-slip in a similar shade that’s just a hair shorter than the hem of the lining. No awkward peek-a-boo slip-ups here. A corset or bra set is also a sultry solution.

Lace

Zuhair Murad

Lace comes in an array of spectacular patterns. Something as elegant, quiet, and delicate as this piece by Zuhair Murad needs a layer that’s just as refined. The solution is to maintain the sophisticated aesthetic; gravitate toward neutrals, like a nude camisole, so as to avoid distracting, unsettling lines.

Crochet

Mark Fast

At first glance, an unlined crocheted dress could be rather daunting. The solution: manually line the dress with an opaque slip dress in a similar shade and voilà…simply stunning.

Kate Shelton
Kate has led a diverse career in both the arts and business management. From dancing with the prestigious National Ballet of Canada to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ryerson to then taking on the entrepreneurial role of running a small business, Kate’s wide range of experience has allowed her to develop a keen eye for art and design. As an avid Crossfitter, Kate has a true appreciation for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and their wonderful son.