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Constantly revived in various forms – lace, mesh or even fishnet, the sheer top has proved that it has stamina on the fast-paced high street. It’s time to stop shying away from its prominence, step up your lingerie game and go sheer. These are my five tips on how to wear a sheer top with confidence.
1. Bralettes and lingerie
T-shirt bras won’t really cut it here because one of the reasons sheer tops are so eye-catching is that they are a testament to your taste in underwear. However, balance is always key. If the top has a lot of detail like this one has with beads and lace, go for a simple cute bralette that doesn’t distract from the texture.
2. High waisted bottoms always
Again, it’s all about balance. Cut a more flattering silhouette in a high-waisted bottom, which also gives a little more coverage. Showing your belly button isn’t the point of a sheer top and they’re best styled with more opaque pieces. If it’s a sheer dress, try layering over it with a leather skirt. However, once when I was in a rush to pack for a shoot I threw in some high waisted denim shorts to go with a polka dot sheer top and when I was dressed it was pretty horrible. So maybe a hemline only a few inches above the knee is the preferred way to go too.
3. Monotone colour palettes
Feel understated and effortless in a sheer top with a monotone colour palette. I prefer to mix up the textures when I wear all-black, here I’ve styled my sheer lace top with a leather jacket and draped trousers, with a pop of blue in my accessories.
4. Keep it edgy
It’s so easy to make sheer clothing look too much like lingerie, so to really rock it when underwear-as-outwear isn’t a trend anymore, is to keep the outfit edgy. Go for minimalist accessories with an edge or masculine pieces like an oversized bomber.
5. Choose comfort
Comfort = confidence, always. I’ve seen some super cute mesh tops but I don’t feel comfortable having my arms out and my bra on display, so I tend to opt for long-sleeved sheer blouses. It’s all about comfort levels and not following a trend.