Runway to Real Way: How To Realistically Wear Sheer Spring Styles

One of the most exciting trends for spring is barely there. No, not hard to find! We mean sheer and it was seen on the runways everywhere from Calvin Klein in New York, to Saint Laurent in Paris, to Fendi in Milan. But to be honest, there is no way we could walk out of house like models walk down the runway. (Hell-o, nips!) We need to know how to incorporate this light-as-air, ultimate summer-ready trend appropriately into our daily lives so that we can share it with you. Okay, and for the good of our personal wardrobes too.

Sheer Thing #1 – Go For The Goal


A great way to take the fear out of sheer is to not take it too seriously! Keeping your look playful, fun, and most importantly, comfortable will make this style of peek-a-boo dressing a breeze…literally! A revealing sheer paneled dress goes from seductive to sporty when paired with athletic accessories. At Lacoste we saw a spunky sheer mini paired with sporty sunnies and straight up sneaks for a look that is street smart and totally comfy too. The hem on this ASOS Mesh Insert Dress hits almost to the knee and its silhouette is slim but not skintight; both juxtapose the bareness of sheer panels to make this look appropriate anytime of day.

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ASOS Mesh Insert Textured Shift Dress, $65.85
Joie Kidmore Slip On Sneakers – Dusty Pink Sand, $190
Veronica Beard Hothouse Floral Scuba Sweatshirt, $395
Zara 84 Box Clutch, $59.90
 Rodarte Scorpion Hat, $195
Lacoste Sunglasses, $60
Nasty Gal ‘Through Thick & Thin’ bracelet, $25

Sheer Thing #2 – Fit To A Tee


A sheer silky tee can be your wardrobe’s new BFF this season. Sweet and feminine, this piece can take you from day to night seamlessly and is equally cool primly tucked into a pleated skirt or nonchalantly tossed on over a pair of vegan leather shorts. At Reed Krakoff, we saw sets of monochromatic pastels: a sheer ecru V-neck paired with a modest sateen skirt and topped with classic blazer becomes a surprisingly sexy combination. If your daytime looks calls for something more conservative, choose sheer in a shade similar to your skin tone. Apply the same discretion to lingerie—wear a nude hue that mimics your skin to avoid a shocking see-through contrast. For a more adventurous #OOTD (outfit of the day) let the world see your skivvies for a change and make it worth their while with standout pieces worthy of the spotlight.

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Alice + Olivia Tee – Skieler, $148
J. Brand Maryse Asymmetrical Spiral Skirt, $325
Mango Crepe Blazer, $69.99
BCBGeneration Zahara High Heel, $79.99
Christian Louboutin Sweet Charity bag, $1,695
Topshop Mesh Keyhole Soft bra, $40
Comme Des Garcons See Through Socks, $41.74
ABS Pink Flower earrings, $40


Sheer Thing #3 – Lace Off


If you’re not quite ready to bare all in solid sheer, try a blooming floral lace for a comparable effect. Burberry Prorsum dove head first into this trend on the spring runway with a full-on garden party of pastel petal prints and lattice-like lace in head-to-toe looks. The key to this look is to keep it simple. The intricate patterns in the fabric bring more than enough liveliness to the look so shoes and accessories should be subtly complementary. Or pair a luxe lightweight cashmere or cotton sweater on top for an alternative to matching separates. Huge on the runway were whimsical midi-length skirts with nothing but the minimal coverage of high-waisted hot pants underneath. But no worries if you’re simply not ready to be showing off your skivvies -this look can be easily faked with mini-skirt slip to keep your privates, well, private.

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ASOS Girls on Film Crop Top, $37
ASOS Girls on Film Lace Pencil Skirt, $41
Pearl Choker Necklace, $16
 Lanston Blue Boyfriend Sweater, $88
Kate Spade Aisha Sandal, $328
Pour La Victoire Elie Mermaid Mini Crossbody, $98
Burberry Matte Acetate Oval Glasses, $220



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Julianne Zigos

Julianne Zigos is a freelance fashion and lifestyle editor, writer and reporter based in New York City. Former projects include editor for Glam Damn It and The Upswing. Her work has been published via various online editorials from Daily Front Row to Business Insider. She’s most likely found on the red carpet covering film premieres and events, backstage interviewing designers at NYFW, or on the couch killing zombies as a recently converted gamer. Her favorite things to do are run, ride motorcycles, and travel, scouring the world for up-worthy trends and the best places to take selfies.

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