How To Wear The Sheer Trend This Summer

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Sheer clothing has established itself as one of those trends that doesn't feel quite a trend anymore because it's so ubiquitous. During autumn, we saw street style stars layer sheer, ruffled-neck blouses atop simple black turtlenecks. In the winter, black organza dresses for holiday parties are the standard. In spring, maybe a voluminous Molly Goddard dress or two in a pastel hue are the look du jur. Despite its popularity for some, figuring out how to wear the sheer trend in a way that works for you can be tricky. Because after all, the best outfits typically involve a little strategy.

Below you'll find a carefully curated roundup of recent fashion influencer looks illustrating the effectiveness and ease of wearing sheer pieces for spring and summer. All with the flexibility to avoid the potential of making you feel nude in public. There are a few layering techniques, tips on how to style pieces like a head-to-toe sheer dress, and other helpful tricks to tuck into your back pocket this summer. That way, you can embrace the floaty ease of this lightweight style without fear.

Swim Cover-Up

Give your denim cutoffs a breather and slip into a slightly sheer dress for a change of pace. The outline of your swimsuit will look festive and still feel polished enough for a poolside meal.

Paneled Skirt

Update your party wardrobe with a sheer-paneled skirt. The detail looks especially fête-ready and styles nicely with a bejeweled bag and statement heels — all that's left to add is a cute top.

Bright and Bold

If you're not one to shy away from a brightly colored piece then how about opting for something sheer? Team with a black slip skirt and strappy sandals for an effortless outfit that looks like you put a lot of effort into it.

Statement Sleeves

Bare those arms a bit with a romantic blouse featuring sheer sleeves. It's a splashier alternative to your everyday button down and can instantly snazz up a pair of blue jeans. If you're worried about it being too sheer overall, layer a color-coordinated tee underneath.

Suit Jacket

You already know the clear jacket trend is having a moment this year, so why not invest in the look to join the fun? It's the best approach to warm-weather outerwear and still leaves you feeling covered.

Fitted Layers

Reach for a fitted turtleneck or short-sleeve top in a citrus-inspired hue for a fun summertime look you can layer with everything from roomy slacks to Bermuda shorts.

Dress It Up

For days when your tee and jeans feel stale, give the duo a quick lift by layering a sheer dress on top. On the accessories side, fasten a cool crossbody bag over your shoulders and wear your favorite strappy kitten-heel sandals or cowboy boots.

Unexpected Layer

Layer a sheer blouse underneath a jumpsuit or slip dress for a dynamic look. The addition of an extra piece makes the ensemble look a tad more exciting and thoughtful.

High-Neck Top

When in doubt, a cute sheer blouse with a high neck and classic denim should do the trick.