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The see-through look: How to pull it off

Celebs like Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica Parker are rocking the see-through look. It’s a fun trend that can be challenging to pull off without the right strategies. When it comes to sheer, the main thing to remember is that there’s a fine line between trendy and trashy. The trick to making this look work for you is to avoid matching skimpy with skimpy – like a sheer skirt with a thong. Instead, focus on pairing pieces that look pretty while also providing some coverage.

Courtney Cox wearing sheer top

Color match

Play it safe with a color-matched see-through look. Pair an ultra-sheer piece in a single color with a secondary piece in a same-color solid. For instance, choose a sheer black top, and pair it with a solid black bra or bralette. Or try an embellished bustier under a simple, sheer, button-down top.

Hint: This look is best with dark colors.

Be bold

The see-through look can be leveraged to make you stand out in a crowd. Try bolder pairings like a black bra under a sheer white top. To really stand out, choose a neon or bright bra to wear underneath a sheer black or white top.

Not just for tops

When creating a see-through outfit, it seems easiest to put a sheer top with a colorful bra, but the look can work just as well with a skirt. To show off your legs, match a sheer ballerina-inspired skirt with full-coverage black underwear or solid, full-coverage tights.


Another way to try the see-through look is with layers. If you’re uncomfortable bearing all with your bra or underwear exposed, this is the option for you. Layer a lacey see-through dress over a slip dress to achieve this look without feeling overexposed.

Work-appropriate sheer

To pull this trend off at the office, aim for a subtler version of the trend. Choose a pretty, sheer, button-down blouse and wear a full-coverage tank underneath. Wear it with a pencil skirt and understated heels or under a dark blazer for a workplace rendition of the see-through look.


There’s no denying that the see-through trend isn’t for everyone. If you want to give it a try without showing any extra skin, opt for see-through accessories. A black lace headband is a pretty accent to a work outfit. Or consider mesh bracelets or lace gloves for a going-out look.

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