3 Rules For Achieving Sheer Bliss

Plus, Our Favorite Semi-See-Through Street Style Looks
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Let’s get something clear: A high fashion, peek-a-boo ensemble may fit right in gliding along the Place Vendôme at Paris Fashion Week, but the second you remove it from its natural habitat and wear it to, say, the office, attention of the unwanted variety is sure to come your way.

Just don’t think for a minute that incorporating translucency into the everyday is out of the question. Herewith, three sheer street style looks, deconstructed for real world wear.

Rule #1

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Lighten Up

This all black get-up, though undoubtedly dramatic, can read slightly Goth. Temper a floor-skimming hemline by incorporating a burst of color by way of a classic layering piece.     

Sheer Maxi Dress
Isabel Benenanto Slip Dress, $895

The Dress

Demure in front, party in the back: the draped back reveals just the right amount of skin for a night out (and can be easily covered up for day).  

Reverse print Cardigan
Gap Reverse Print Cardigan, $50

The Cardigan

An otherwise prim wardrobe musthave sheds all girliness when draped over a smart day gown.   

Round Baroque sunglasses
Prada Baroque Sunglasses, $290

The Sunnies

Artful curves add drama, tortoise shell provides contrast and extra-large lenses keep things practical. 

Ankle Strap sandal
VC Signature Ankle-Strap Sandal, $225

The Sandals

At first glance, the Grecian silhouette is all class – look a little closer and you’ll find that a glitzy buckle and ankle-hugging straps offer a welcome jolt of edge.   

Rule #2

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Pick Your Battles

Sheer shirt + see-through skirt = shocked stares. We suggest avoiding awkwardness by choosing one or the other.  

Lace and organza midi skirt
Valentino Silk And Organza Skirt, $2,100

The Skirt

Intricate lace creates the illusion of translucency, while the silk lining maintains work appropriateness.

oversized sheer buttondown
Helmut Lang Sheer Button Down, $295

The Button Down

Tone down ultra thin fabric by layering with a no-frills tank: you’ll get a subtly sexy effect, without flashing your undergarments. 

Side Split coat
Topshop Side Slip Coat, $150

The Warm-Weather Coat

A lightweight throw-on has major potential to become the hardest working item in your closet – especially when the office AC is set to Tundra. 

Structured Clutch
3.1 Phillip Lim Clutch, $495

The Clutch

Keep the pastel theme consistent by adding a wear-with-anything, powder blue bag.

Rule #3

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Mind Your Layers

Make like Julia Restoin Roitfeld and tame skin-baring cutouts and micro mesh panels with a color coordinated jacket. 

Peplum Jumpsuit
Paul & Joe Peplum Jumpsuit, $685

The Jumpsuit

A peplum is a delightfully unexpected detail, so a single sheer panel at the neckline is all you need to amp up this tres chic onesie. 

Jersey Jacket
H&M Jersey Jacket, $50

The Jacket

Swap the badass leather for a sleek blazer: the cropped shape feels fresh, yet significantly more office-ready than its zipper-laden counterpart. 

studded pump
Club Monaco Studded Pumps, $329

The Pumps

There’s no such thing as owning too many pairs of classic pumps. These beauties pay homage to the aforementioned moto jacket with subtly edgy silver studs. 

Shine serum
Sachajuan Shine Serum $30

The Hair

An impactful outfit such as this calls for simple, gently tousled locks.  

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