As it has been through spring and summer, so will it be this fall with sheer fashions. Long maxi dresses, fabulous blouses and tops, even sweater dresses will be swishing down the street, through stores and offices, at formal and casual occasions alike. But the one question that people keep asking is, “What do I wear under my sheer top/skirt/dress?” Here are a few thoughts.
When it comes to blouses and tops, you’ll be seeing sheer bodices or sleeves or both. For a sheer bodice, first consider where you intend to wear it. If you’re headed to the office, make sure you wear something over and under. Camisoles and tanks are perfectly appropriate attire under a sheer blouse or top. The trick is to find the right cami or tank that looks nice and covers all unmentionables. Also, consider your color choice. Matching the color of your underclothing to your sheer top will lessen the distinction between the two. You’ll still have the effect, just in a more refined manner. To insure complete suitability, add a sweater, vest or jacket over the sheer top for total office chic.
If you’re dressing for a night on the town, be creative. Now’s the time to slip into a lacey bra and show it off through your sheer top. Just a bra too daring for you? Try a bralette or long line bra instead. They offer a bit more coverage but still look great through the sheer fabric. If you’re still a bit self-conscious, a lacey camisole or tank are both elegant and concealing. In all cases, however, consider the color of your under garments. Coordinating colors or nudes blend beautifully, while contrasting colors scream, “Look at me!” Choose contrasting colors that work together and don’t fight. While it’s screaming to be seen, you certainly don’t want people to become ill when they do.
Sheer maxi skirts and dresses are lots of fun to wear and very doable for anyone’s modesty level. Confident, bold women will bear it all and wear nothing but a pair of coordinating briefs under their maxis. For most women, a little bit showing is more than enough. Try a silky slip in your choice of length – above the knee, below the knee, calf length or full length. The shorter versions, obviously, will offer coverage where you need or want it, but still allow you to show off your gorgeous gams through the sheer fabric below. Longer sheaths will add glam while keeping everything under wraps.
A beautiful tap pant is another option for maxis. These silky drawers allow maximum sheer viewing, but still cover up your intimate apparel. If you love maxis but are truly conservative, consider wearing ankle length leggings. Solid or decorative, they will keep you fully covered, while still exuding a sensual appeal. They’re also much warmer in the cooler winter months.
Finally, consider donning a dress over your sheer maxi. Many designers are showing this styling for the season. Dress it up or down, it’s a fabulous layered look with the chic of sheer.