Whether you want to dress like Hailey Bieber, Gabrielle Union, or Rihanna (or, you know, a combination of the three), there’s one look that all of these celebrities are converging on: the see-through dress trend. Rihanna was the first star to declare that the look had another moment (it was also quite lively in the 90s – see Kate Moss wearing completely transparent briefs with almost nothing underneath) by showing off her pregnant belly in a Sheer dress from Dior’s Pre-Fall 2022 collection on the brand’s Fall 2020 show. The singer’s PFW moment made waves (seriously, it broke the internet), and stars have since followed suit, incorporating sultry, barely-there numbers into their wardrobes.
Luxury fashion houses have also taken a liking to transparent numerals. Just take a look at the latest show from the fashion house of your choice – perhaps Rodarte or Sacai – you’re likely to spot a sheer piece, whatever the season. “What started as a spring/summer seasonal trend has established itself as a permanent wardrobe staple,” Colin Walsh, senior style director at Moda Operandi, told TZR. “Seeing how brands like Magda Butrym & Diotima took crochet for Fall/Winter 22 and really transformed it for the evening space was something that inspired and impressed me immensely,” she shares. he.
The year-round love for transparent pieces has also translated into what shoppers are buying. According to Klarna, a global shopping service, there has been a 103% increase in sheer dress purchases over the past year, confirming that the trend has made its way off the catwalks and into our wardrobes. everyday dresses – and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.
While I personally can’t get enough of NYC women and Instagram influencers sporting the trend, I can say from experience that wearing sheer pieces isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s intimidating to reveal everything when you’re walking around town — for me, it took a lot courage (including, sometimes, liquid courage). But, to my surprise, once I stepped out in my sheer skirt and tank top combo, I felt really confident and couldn’t wait to wear the look again and again.
But as the weather cooled off a bit, I soon realized that I couldn’t wear my new favorite outfit alone. That’s when I started experimenting with how to make sheer pieces suitable for fall. After some mixing and matching (you’ll see the final results below), I realized two things: first, sheer garments are super lightweight, making them perfect for layering. Secondly, by adding a jacket or a cardigan on a simple number, you are less naked and therefore, it may seem less scary to try the trend.
Keep scrolling through my style tips to help you incorporate sheer clothing into your fall wardrobe. Additionally, you can shop exact pieces that I wear.
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The sensual knit dress
This House of Aama dress has gone completely viral on TikTok, with influencers loving the sultry and powerful feel of the garment. It’s made with a sheer mesh material that hugs that body in all the right places, giving you plenty of opportunity to show off your figure and make an entrance. I imagine this look would be a go-to for a Saturday night event, your birthday, or an impromptu photoshoot (hey, no shame in documenting a great look). Plus, the long sleeves will keep you warm on a windy evening.
my catch: This dress is a Major moment, so it was only right to keep accessories to a minimum. I slipped into the figure (it has a great open back detail, by the way) with a pair of bikini-style underwear from CUUP that matched my skin tone. I went braless for the look (gasp!), but that was definitely the best option: because the design is made with such lightweight mesh material, anything underneath was distracting. I tried nipple covers, a tan headband, and even a tan tank top, but nothing satisfied me personally; thus, I went without a bra. Fortunately, the goddess print on the dress added extra coverage, so it didn’t feel too developer. For a polished finishing touch, I swept my hair back into a slicked back ponytail, slipped on simple beige mules from Porte & Paire and grabbed my Cult Gaia shoulder bag.
The parts I used:
Pro tip: If you’re the type to have a must-have bra, don’t worry. I recommend getting a seamless headband that matches your skin tone.
The Dainty Layered Dress
In an effort to make sheer less intimidating, brands have designed semi-sheer options with overlays that add extra coverage so you don’t see it all. The dress I chose for this challenge has eyelet cutouts, but lace or patterned options would also be a great way to go. I’ve been obsessed with this Dōen style ever since it arrived in the mail and decided the best way to bring it into the fall was to give it a western-inspired twist.
my catch: This design is really delicate and feminine, so I wanted to highlight these characteristics. So I opted for a simple CUUP high waisted thong that basically blended with my complexion and the Bristols 6 nipple covers underneath. For the country touch, I put on the beige cowboy boots I’ve had since I was 13 (I’m from Texas so it’s been a staple in my wardrobe for years). Then, for extra warmth and an option that makes the look more office-appropriate, I grabbed my white ribbed cardigan from Alo Yoga and wore it off the shoulders. The result? The heroine of Nicholas Sparks, but make it fashionable.
The parts I used:
Pro tip: If you don’t like western style, I imagine this dress would be so free-spirited with chunky clogs and a cropped denim jacket.
The daring crochet dress
summer is not over just Still, I couldn’t resist creating a look that would be perfect for a beach club or Labor Day with this over-the-top dress (in the best way possible) from Eliou. It’s bright, bold and whimsical – which doesn’t usually suit my minimalist style, but it was perfect for my upcoming beach vacation in Portugal.
my catch: This dress really makes a statement, so I kept the rest of my clothes pretty simple. All I really needed was my Monday Swimwear bandeau bikini top and bottom in a bright orange shade (the color is called Burnt Orange) that complemented the colors of the crochet dress. My accessories were also relatively simple: raffia platform sandals from Dolce Vita and a bean wand from Georgia Jay. Finally, I pulled my hair up in my favorite Emi Jay music video (it changes color in the sun!) and put on my vintage Gucci sunglasses, a find from The RealReal.
The parts I used:
Pro Tip: If you want to wear this dress for a function other than the pool, try layering a strapless white tube dress underneath.
The simple slip dress
Hear me out: Gothic-inspired clothing is back and will be everywhere this fall. So, I figured an all-black look would be the most effective way to create an emo-esque feel with my Good American strappy dress (which was more likely designed as a swimsuit).
my catch: To make the outfit transition-friendly, I put on my tube top and bolero sleeve combo from Find Me Now and tucked the top into a mini pencil skirt from Susana Monaco. Then I layered my underpants on top, put on my chunky combat boots from STAUD, and stuffed my vintage Fendi wand with everything I needed to tackle the day.
The parts I used:
Pro tip: If you don’t have a tube top and pencil skirt, look for a bodycon mini dress instead to get a similar vibe. Then put on a thick leather jacket to add depth to the finished product.