How to Rock: Sheer

– By Angela Su – 


Not so long ago, sexy fashion was defined by skin: how much you could show of it and where. While that relationship undoubtedly still stands, fashion has also challenged us to think more creatively about how to express our sensuality without baring it all. One thinks back to the Prada Fall 2010 RTW collection which exaggerated and almost caricaturized the full-bodied female form with purposeful pleats and seams. Despite the severity of the models’ makeup and hair and the gloomy palette, the collection felt powerful in its constrained and deliberate sexuality.

Sheer clothing, once scoffed at for being utterly impractical for the everyday, is gaining steady traction on all levels, from the fashion elite to even the most pragmatic professional, because of its uncanny way of adding an air of enticement to any outfit. From small details like sheer paneling to an entirely see-through dress, there truly is a way for everyone to incorporate this trend in their outfits.

The cardinal rule of wearing sheer clothing is having the proper accompanying undergarments. For the more adventurous, the popularity of transparent tops may finally mean an opportunity to show off your latest Agent Provocateur purchase to more than just your boyfriend. A practical investment is also a basic black tank top with a built-in bra to minimize peaking straps.

Class Act:
 Since sheer blouses are by nature revealing, consider choosing a more demure cut. An easy standby is the basic button-up collared shirt or a dressier blouse topped with a ladylike pussy bow. American Apparel has a wonderful selection of chiffon button up shirts in so many colors that would satisfy even the most discerning shopper.

Down Below:
While most of us contain our sheer madness to our tops, transparent skirts or full dresses have been slowly gaining traction and winning fans among the fashion elite. Sheer maxis add an unexpected element of drama in through the juxtaposition of modesty and sensuality. Now that the cooler days of the year have set in, pair skirts with opaque black tights to rock sheer year-round.


1.  The Row, Kelter Embroidered Tulle Dress, $5150
2. Marni, Silk Bralette, $250
3.  L’Agence, Grayed Ruffle Blouse, $396
4.  3.1 Phillip Lim, Paisley Bralette, $85
5.  Acne, Paris Shirt, $289
6. Cosabella, Sweetie Bra, $53
7. Alexander Wang, Sheer Top, $687

Angela Su, a native New Yorker, is a senior studying sociology at Harvard University. She loves cats, cassettes, and anything Miuccia Prada has ever touched. 

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CEO and founder of, it started when Angela found it difficult to find desirable Korean beauty products here in the U.S. As an avid review reader for most items that she purchases, she also found that product reviews for Korean beauty were scarce. Believing that beauty choices are highly personal and depend on a women’s unique personality and skin type, she set out to create a community where beauty enthusiasts could find highly sought after Korean skincare and makeup products, share their personal experiences, and explore new products from the community.