Sheer Elegance

By Sharon Naylor

September 25, 2014 4 min read

If a fan of the sheer trend in spring and summer, you'll be happy to know that the look sticks around for fall and winter, providing a delicate covered-up look. Especially with florals crowned as a still-in-style pattern for fall, the right sheer piece can keep your prettiest spring and summer tops and dresses in play, saving your clothing budget.

Fashion website CLR-MNSTR's founder and owner, Tricia Thurman, says, "Sheer and cutout pieces are also going to bring a different take on our traditional fall wardrobe. We are currently obsessing over slasher back tanks, perfect alone or layered under a sweater."

Fashion blogger Mark St. James says, "One of the trends that overlapped from the fall 2014 ready-to-wear was the vast amount of sheer fabrics that were shown on the runways." After all, "couture will always use the lightest most delicate fabrications for the shows, and sheer material will be present at nearly every season. That being said, if you invest in a sheer piece for fall, you'll definitely be cutting-edge."

Here are five top ways to incorporate the sheer look into your fall and winter wardrobe:

--Sheer sleeves. A non-sheer top in silk or other stylish fabrics with sheer fabric sleeves provides a subtle glimpse of skin and keeps you comfortable in fall weather. A variation of this is an entirely sheer long-sleeved top worn over a sleeveless tank or camisole. Worn with a skirt, jeans or pants, this is a covered-up look that still carries the romance of sheer.

--Sheer skirts. No, not the entire skirt. A sheer layer worn over a miniskirt that extends down to knee level or perhaps longer, provides a flowy effect. Fashion blog ChicTrends points to fashionista celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Naomi Campbell who have worn the sheer skirt look on red carpets, creating a sophisticated look with a dash of sex appeal. "The sheer skirt trend shows off your legs while keep your outfit understated and tasteful," says ChicTrends. The site also says that pairing the look with a black leather jacket is very much on-trend. --Lace. From cutouts at the neck and shoulders to a lace sleeve, or lace-edged skirt, the cut-out look takes a place in the sheer trend, especially in top fall colors such as black, maroon, sapphire and hunter green. This is heavier fabric lace, not the super-light laces of spring. An entirely lace dress with a skirt reaching longer than the lining creates this look beautifully.

--Midriff cover. Keeping the summer look of an exposed midriff going into fall, a sheer panel above the midriff offers a sexy look that's still covered-up enough for the fall season. A variation on this is a dress with sheer fabric-covered cut-outs at the waist.

--Sheer leggings and stockings. Hosiery can elongate your legs. With a back seam, a pattern or even colors such as mustard, berry, gray or other stylish hues for fall and winter, they can also give a little black dress or a fall fabric skirt new life.

The LuxeGen fashion blog strongly advises wearing one sheer item at a time for an intentional look that's not overdone. This limited sheer usage creates a softer look within fall and winter outfits built on heavier fabrics.

CLR-MNSTER's Thurman says that with the right sheer pieces, you can "make your summer-to-fall wardrobe transition a little easier, so you can spend more time sipping pumpkin lattes rather than worrying about what you're going to wear."

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