How to Wear Sheer Tops

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How to Wear Sheer Tops
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Sheer tops are soft, romantic and very feminine. They come in delicate fabrics such as chiffon, and are light and airy. Pick one in a muted colour for a dreamy, fairy tale look or a dark colour for a sexier appearance. Modesty demands that you wear something over or under a sheer top. Tanks, camisoles and tube tops are options to wear underneath. Layer a vest, cardigan or jacket over a sheer top. With a little planning, you can wear a sheer top with style.

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Things you need

  • Sheer top
  • Camisole
  • Tank top
  • Tube top

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    Combine a sheer top with a camisole underneath. Pick a camisole that is close to the colour of the sheer top for a monochromatic look. If the sheer blouse is black, wear a black camisole. If the top is a light colour, use a light or nude-coloured camisole. Choose a simple camisole without lace or other trims that might detract from the blouse.

  2. 2

    Hide extra weight around the middle by wearing a long tank top under a sheer blouse. Trousers or a skirt with a higher waist will also add coverage around the midsection. For even more figure enhancement consider wearing a body shaper.

  3. 3

    Select a tube top for a layering option. Pick one that is close to the colour of your skin for an invisible appearance. For nighttime, wear a cropped tube top, but only if you are thin around the midsection.

  4. 4

    Wear a long-length or tunic-style sheer blouse with a sleeveless vest. If you plan to remove the vest, wear a layer underneath the top. Tunic-style blouses look great with leggings or skinny-leg trousers.

  5. 5

    Layer a sheer top over a solid-coloured, sleeveless dress. This works well if the top has buttons or is a wrap-style. Belt the outfit with a scarf or thin belt.

  6. 6

    Choose a sheer top for work only if you are wearing it under a suit jacket or cardigan sweater. A sheer blouse would not look professional otherwise. If going out after work, you can remove the jacket or sweater for an easy day to night look.

  7. 7

    Keep your accessories understated. Shoes should be a neutral colour for day or a metallic colour for night. Heels or flats in a simple style work well with the sheer romantic look. Carry a clutch style handbag and keep jewellery minimal.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a smooth, strapless bra underneath camisoles or tube tops.
  • If wearing a tank top, you can wear a bra with straps but choose a nude colour.
  • To make wearing a sheer top easier, buy a top with a built-in lining.

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