– By Angela Su –
Sheer clothing, once scoffed at for being utterly impractical for the everyday, is gaining steady traction on all levels, from the fashion elite to even the most pragmatic professional, because of its uncanny way of adding an air of enticement to any outfit. From small details like sheer paneling to an entirely see-through dress, there truly is a way for everyone to incorporate this trend in their outfits.
The cardinal rule of wearing sheer clothing is having the proper accompanying undergarments. For the more adventurous, the popularity of transparent tops may finally mean an opportunity to show off your latest Agent Provocateur purchase to more than just your boyfriend. A practical investment is also a basic black tank top with a built-in bra to minimize peaking straps.
Since sheer blouses are by nature revealing, consider choosing a more demure cut. An easy standby is the basic button-up collared shirt or a dressier blouse topped with a ladylike pussy bow. American Apparel has a wonderful selection of chiffon button up shirts in so many colors that would satisfy even the most discerning shopper.
While most of us contain our sheer madness to our tops, transparent skirts or full dresses have been slowly gaining traction and winning fans among the fashion elite. Sheer maxis add an unexpected element of drama in through the juxtaposition of modesty and sensuality. Now that the cooler days of the year have set in, pair skirts with opaque black tights to rock sheer year-round.
Angela Su, a native New Yorker, is a senior studying sociology at Harvard University. She loves cats, cassettes, and anything Miuccia Prada has ever touched.