How to Wear the Sheer Clothing Trend

Sheer fabric fashion looks fabulous on the runway…  floaty see-through blouses, tops, dresses, and skirts with edgy vertical panels. They’re pretty dreamy.



But with these runway fashions so barely there, you might wonder whether the average woman can wear this trend. Here are four ways it can work for real women at any age.

1. Layer With Tank or Cami

For theatrical effect, designers showed models in very sheer tops sans undershirts, but this isn’t practical in the real world. So all you have to do to get the translucent look without going see-through is to layer a cami or tank underneath.

A nude cami in a skin tone closest to your skin color will do the trick. You can also match the color of the cami to the color of your blouse or choose something bright, like vivid blue or red, to add an extra bit of oomph! The best tanks or camis have a lot of stretches to hold you in and shape your body, so you get a flattering silhouette under your sheer trend.


sheer-polka-dot top

2. Wear Sheer Strategically

An all-sheer blouse or top is only one way to get the look this season. An easier way to wear thin is to don a garment that is only partially sheer. For example, if you want to cover up your chest and tummy but don’t mind showing your arms, then a top with sheer sleeves only would do the trick.

3. Try Panels

Another variation of wearing sheer strategically is to choose something with peek-a-boo panels. A dress, skirt, or top with translucent panels has solid lines and a sleek look that’s perfect for the futuristic feel of spring.

4. Opt for a Sheer Overlay

Clothing with sheer overlays that reveal only a little is also popular. Why not try a shirt with a floaty overlay that is sheer from the knee down only, or how about a top that’s sheer from the waist down or the hip down? Showing a little skin is youthful, and the sheer trend styled appropriately makes it easy to look fab tastefully.

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12 thoughts on “How to Wear the Sheer Clothing Trend

  1. I love this blog. I think the sheer black spotty top with the blue trousers looks fantastic and something I would wear and the next outfit . I am new to your site and am enjoying all the style tips…I manage a boutique, run styling sessions with my lovely ladies, and never tire of looking out for other tips and ideas…I will certainly be recommending your site :)…

  2. Hi Deb,
    I love the sheer tops. I like every outfit featured. It’s a pleasure to be over 40 and have the chic, edgy, fun fashions you’ve featured. Do you think It would be safe to wear sheer tops with a cami for work under a blazer? I’ve been thinking about this. I’ve been wanting to put various colors together, especially when it comes to outfits paring multiple colors together with different color shoes other than black or beige. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks again for all that you do to bring these beautiful fashion-forward ideas. Could you keep them coming?

    Thank you,
    Stay fabulous!!!!

  3. Could you show how more prominent ladies over 40 can look nice……………. Thanks, I am talking UK size 16

  4. LOVED this post!! I really like this sheer trend but didn’t know exactly how I could wear it this spring and summer. Many thanks for all the great ideas! I always know where to go online for the best up to date fashion and beauty tips for my age range…right here! I’ve been visiting for years and so appreciate all you do to make it the BEST over 40 site on the web! :-)

    1. Hi Trish,
      You are so sweet. I can’t tell you how much that means to me that you enjoy my site because there is a lot of heart and soul, plus a ton of work that goes into the blog. I would love to know what else you would love to see on Fabulous After 40. Are there any topics or types of features you would like. I want to make sure my readers are getting what they need. Everyone is welcome to suggest. Thanks so much!! Cheers, Deborah

  5. I love, love, love the sheer polka dot blouse in the first set. Where can I purchase this blouse–(the link shows a different blouse that is sold out already)? Thanks!

  6. I love the sheer trend, it is so flowing and feminine. It does however as you suggest require appropriate underclothing at any age not just us over 40s. Even the peeks boo tops need to be worn with caution as they too move around and can still be revealing especially in the midriff and bust area. Tasteful trumps trendy.

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