The Sheer Dress Trend: How To Wear It, Inspired by Celebrities

Celebrities wearing sheer dresses – images by Jacopo Raule, Amy Sussman, TheStewartofNY & Getty Images

The See Through Dress Trend, and Other Sheer Pieces…

You’ve seen it at award shows, you’ve seen it on tv, you’ve spotted it in street style and on social media: Celebrities in sheer dresses! The see through dress trend is EVERYWHERE, and so are the sheer trend’s counterparts in tops, bottoms, top layers, beachwear and accessories. Can anyone pull off the look? You might be surprised, but we say yes. We’re going to dive right into all things sheer fashion by showing you how to wear a sheer dress, as well as how to incorporate sheerness into your wardrobe through key pieces that are easy to pull off for ALL body types!

Celebrity street style, seen wearing sheer pieces in a casual setting.

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Simplifying the Trend, Making it Wearable

An example of an easy-wear sheer top in an alternative fabric.

We’re embracing this trend with all sheer and semi-sheer materials in mind, as well as including solid pieces with sheer embellishments. Expanding the trend in this way allows for women of every body type and comfort level to find pieces that flatter!

Beginners in Sheer:

Materials Matter: Opaque materials that fold and flow like organza and chiffon are great for looking delicate while creating ambiguity to your shape. Thin linen and cotton voile can also be a great intro to the see through dress trend. Going for solid tops with see-through sleeves is another easy way to bring sheer-ness into your outfit!

Celebrities wearing sheer embellishments, sheer sleeves and opaque sheer outfits.

Pattern Vs. Solid: Patterned mesh can be a safe option for those who are self conscious about see through pieces, as it can create movement and distraction from the body.

Patterned sheer pieces, distracting from the shape of the body.

Create an Illusion: The right sheer piece can create a flattering illusion on your figure. Try a sheer cape or jacket to flatter your arms, or utilize ruched, pleated or asymmetric sheer pieces.

A sheer dress, creating flattering movement through the body.

Layering for Coverage: If you’re looking for a little sexiness but aren’t wanting to dive straight in, utilize layering! Pairing a solid blazer over your mesh bodysuit, or opting for a black tank top under your mesh top rather than just a bra can give the right amount of coverage to help you rock the look.

Celebrities layering sheer pieces with jackets and blazers.
Layering tank tops, tube tops and slip dresses as opposed to exposed undergarments to gain more coverage.

What To Wear Under A Sheer Dress, Mastering the Undergarments

The essential rule in how to style a sheer dress is mastering what to wear UNDER a sheer dress! You’ll need to wear supportive undergarments that cover, shape and smooth your silhouette. We love sculpting catsuits, bralettes, briefs, tank tops and slip dresses in basic nudes, or with delicate details like lace.

Celebrities wearing ideal undergarments that compliment their dress.

Shop Sheer Dress Undergarments

Skims Full Brief
Thinstincts® Anti-Chafe 2.0 Mid-Thigh Short
Skims Sculpting Bra
Up For Anything Strapless™ Bra Skims
Skims Sculpting Slip
Skims Sculpting Bodysuit
Sheer Dot Tights
Mesh Pump

Shop See Through Top Layers

Olympia Bolero (Multiple Colors Available)
Micro Mesh Long Sleeve Button Up (Multiple Colors Available)
Milo Cotton Open Knit Cardigan (Multiple Colors Available)
Maeve Sheer Cardigan Sweater
Double-Breasted Mesh Blazer
DOLAN Sheer Blazer (Multiple Colors Available)

Shop Sheer Tops And Bottoms

Metallic Open-Stitch Sweater
Maeve Sheer Polo Sweater
Sarah Hann Sheer Ruffle Shirred Top
The Bennet Buttondown Shirt by Maeve: Sheer Edition
Marseilles Sheep Top
Jenica Lace Blouse
White Mesh Asymmetric Top
Nets & Roses Plunge Bodysuit
Brielle Sheer Tulle Midi Skirt
Sheer Black Alto Pants

Shop Sheer Dresses

Norma Kamali Ultra Flattering Midi Dress
Bouclé Cut-Out Sheer Dress
Becky Sheer Tulle Midi Dress
Mesh Off-The-Shoulder Midi Dress (Multiple Colors Available)
ALC Wedding Guest Rumi Dress
Avaline Sheer Flutter Sleeve Midi Dress
Paisley Mesh Detail Mini Dress
Connie Sheer Lace Midi Dress
Nyla Sheer Metallic Cotton Slipdress
Sheer Open Knit Midi Coverup Dress
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