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How to wear the trend: Sheer tops

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Dare to go bare

Sheer tops can be intimidating and knowing how to wear them without looking (ahem) slutty can be tough. But trust us — it can be done and we’re here to show you how to rock the trend and look chic while you do.
black sheer top

Go for thicker fabric

Sheer doesn’t always mean paper-thin, and if you’re wary about the sheer top trend because you’re scared of showing off a little too much skin, fear not.

There are stylish shirts with a hint of sheer that allow you to work the must-have look without displaying more than you feel comfortable with. Try the trend on for size with this chic black near-sheer blouse perfect for the office ($118).

oxblood-hued sheer blouse

Button up

Sheer blouses can leave little to the imagination, which is why it’s important to button most, if not all, of the way up. Wearing a sheer top but having it demurely buttoned is a great way to create a healthy balance between risqué and chic. Button all the way up (and look fab) in this oxblood-hued sheer blouse that still manages to look great being buttoned to the top ($38). Pair with cropped slim black trousers and ankle boots for enviable workplace attire.

sheer beaded tank

Play with pattern and texture

A sheer top that’s also patterned creates just enough distraction for the eye that you can comfortably wear the trend without worrying your look is too revealing. Patterns or textures add interest to an otherwise neutral outfit, while the sheer element is totally on trend. We're currently coveting this sheer beaded tank with a tribal twist ($118). Add dark skinny jeans and a tailored blazer in charcoal gray or deep green for a get-noticed fall ensemble.

sheer black and white polka dot blouse

Protect with pockets

Pockets are a gal’s best friend when it comes to working the sheer blouse — strategically placed pockets that is. With opaque pockets just where you need them, you can embrace the sheer top without feeling over-exposed. Not sure about sheer? This sheer black and white polka dot blouse with darker opaque pockets should sway your vote ($50).

emerald green sheer blouse

Wear with a matching tank or cami

The best way to work the sheer top trend is to wear a matching tank, cami or bralette under your blouse. The look is sophisticated rather than over-the-top and offers a simple way around the sheer issue that remains stylish. This emerald green sheer blouse ($128) just screams for a matching cami or tank to take the look to the next level.

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