Sheer tops are very much IN this season and I, for one, am glad. When I first clocked the sheer tops trend popping up towards the end of last winter, the Instagram clan seemed shy about tagging where their finds were from. I got loads of cool ideas on how to style see through tops but no idea where to actually buy any. Fast forward to now and every brand, high street or high end, has a selection of sheer shirts on offer this season – finally, the secret’s out!
With this new sheer top trend comes new fashion troubles; ‘What if I don’t want my belly out?’, ‘I can’t possibly have my bra on show, can I?’. ‘I love the look of them but my life currently consists of work-my sofa-and the odd local bevvie – I haven’t got anywhere to wear something that riské…’.
I totally feel ya which is why I’m a huge advocate of layering sheer tops, when the time calls, to get your money’s worth. A quick scroll through my Instagram will tell you that I’m not shy of showing a little skin but even I can admit that there’s a time and a place. Rather than sit the trend out, consider how you can layer over and under your sheer tops to create a more demure look that’s suitable for all occasions from desk to dancefloor .
For instance, while I’d normally pair this sheer Zara lace top with a nude bra and call it a day, this past weekend was my grandad’s 90th birthday party so wanting the ‘jeans and a nice top’ vibe, I instead slipped a navy satin cami underneath this. Not only did this protect my modesty but it also served to highlight the delicate and rather intricate detail of the lace, an element which might have been overlooked had boobies been the main attraction. It really is a very pretty top indeed and the sheen of the satin made for a nice contrast underneath the textured lace. I also made sure that the subtle accent of blue matched my navy blue suede shoes (uh-huh).
On days where I want to be risqué (without actually revealing anything), I’d pair this top with a nude camisole to create the optical illusion of skin being on show without actually giving away the goods. Scaling back from that, a black bralette would be a pretty accompaniment and ideal for after-dark drinks in a boujie bar. Topping that, there’s the bra – either a black triangle bra or a nude bra to keep me cool on the dance floor and in the winter I’d add a black blazer but keep the button done up for a sexy, sophisticated daytime look. I’d like to say that on a really wild night out I’d go as the Zara model has and brave pasties only underneath but I could never put that much faith in something self-adhesive… I’ll limit myself to a nude bra thanks and if someone detects a bra clasp – well, then frankly they’re staring far too much.
I have a few more sheer tops that I’ve been obsessed with this season, you might remember some from this and also this ‘pretty tops under £15’ YouTube haul video. Many are thinner and even more sheer than this, so I’ll share more posts on how to style see through tops in the coming weeks, including some day time looks.
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