I’ve always loved a good sheer piece in my wardrobe, even though they’re almost never office appropriate. Still, I wear them – they’re a great variation on the “floaty” styles, and are much more figure flattering on me than some of the billowing caftan-based alternatives. A sheer piece can look casual and classy if worn well, or kind of sleazy.
Here are the rules that I apply when wearing sheers; your mileage may vary:
- Go light on accessories. The sheer fabric is enough of a visual element.
- Even if you’re not worried about your modesty, it’s a kindness to preserve the modesty of others. Keep camisoles underneath, or at least dark colored bras.
- Ideally, the camisole should match the color of the sheer fabric – if that can’t happen, a black cami is usually a safe bet.