Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci and Burberry Prorsum’s Christopher Bailey may have paved the way for fall’s provocative sheer skirt trend, but thanks to ladies like Dakota Fanning, Carine Roitfeld, and Ellie Goulding, the look is having a stylish moment in the real world, too.
The Daring Skirt Trend That's Perfect For Party Season
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If you want to get a leg up on the sheer skirt trend, let today’s style-setters lead the way. See-through fabrics and peek-a-boo lace details imbue after-hours party looks with just the right amount of sex appeal. So what sheer skirt level is right for you? Whether you’re daring enough to show full leg or prefer to reveal just a flash of skin, there are a number of ways to pull off the look.
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For the Louis Vuitton S/S 14 show in Paris, Fanning pulls off a glamorous goth look with ease in a Louis Vuitton Cruise Embroidered Long Dress ($5320, 866.VUITTON), Flat Zip Pochette ($1180, 866.VUITTON) in Lurex Noir, and Martingale Pumps ($935, 866.VUITTON) in Navy.
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Lauren Santo Domingo
The Moda Operandi co-founder left little to the imagination at a September Vogue event in NYC wearing a Wes Gordon semi-sheer top and lace skirt.
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At the W magazine September issue party in London, the model was radiant in a floor-grazing Roberto Cavalli dress.
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Thanks to the polka-dot tulle overlay, the singer’s Alice by Temperley Lona Celia Dress ($570) was the perfect blend of sexy and sweet at the Q Awards in London.
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The model opted for an unconventional take on today’s look when she arrived at Estee Lauder’s Modern Muse fragrance launch party wearing a pair of fitted shorts underneath her sheer Theyskens’ Theory skirt, which was sadly not produced.
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If you’re a bit of a daredevil in the way you dress, take a page from Carine Roitfeld’s stylebook. At the M.A.C. Antonio Collection launch event in NYC, the CR Fashion Book Editor-in-Chief balanced the see-through fabric of her Givenchy skirt with a modest sweater.
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We love the way the model/actress toughened up the prim feel of her Burberry White Sable Corseted Bodice ($495, available December) and White Cotton Lace Tiled Motif Pencil Skirt ($1095, available December) with the brand’s Washed Leather Biker Jacket ($2495) at the Burberry Brit Rhythm event in London earlier last month.
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Alice + Olivia
Sami Pleated Silk-Chiffon And Lace Maxi Dress ($493) in Black
A delicate lace underlay allows you to show off your legs without having to actually bare them—we call that a win-win!
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Josephine Lace Skirt ($76) in White
Cutout white lace toes the line of sexy and sweet.
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Crystal Embellished Pencil Skirt ($160) in Black
Crystal embellishments add an extra layer of visual intrigue.
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Kaley Dress ($1198) in Black
We love the wonderful 1920s quality to this design, especially the way the sheer skirt mimics the hide-and-seek function of fringe.
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Alice by Temperley
Celia Polka-Dot Tulle Maxi Dress ($421) in Black
The great thing about this dress: it showcases all the right places.
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Mesh Midi Skirt ($79) in Ivory
Featuring just one mesh panel, this midi skirt offers a subtle way to try the trend.
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Maxi Skirt With Mini Skirt Underlay ($395) in Black
Toughen up this mini-maxi skirt hybrid with a leather biker jacket.
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Sheer Panel Shift Dress ($674) in Black
An asymmetrical cut and pattern lend this dress its modern look.
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Embroidered Paneled Skirt ($375) in White
A sheer organza underlay injects this embroidered skirt with ethereal qualities.
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Mesh Combo Circle Skirt ($285) in Black
Sheer netting stripes make for a flirtatious peek-a-boo moment.
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Double Layer Dress with Sequined Underlay ($395) in Black
Clean, minimal lines turn up the sex appeal on this sequin number.
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Sheer Lace Maxi Dress ($530) in Black
Calling all sartorial risktakers, this sheer lace dress with a sultry midriff cutout has your name written all over it!