The Daring Skirt Trend That’s Perfect For Party Season

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.  

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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. 

  • Dakota Fanning
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    Dakota Fanning

    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. 

  • Lauren Santo Domingo
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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. 

  • Arizona Muse
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    Arizona Muse

    At the W magazine September issue party in London, the model was radiant in a floor-grazing Roberto Cavalli dress. 

  • Ellie Goulding
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    Ellie Goulding

    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. 

  • Constance Jablonski
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    Constance Jablonski

    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. 

  • Carine Roitfeld
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    Carine Roitfeld

    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. 

  • Suki Waterhouse
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    Suki Waterhouse

    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. 

  • 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!

  • Pixie Market


    Josephine Lace Skirt ($76) in White

    Cutout white lace toes the line of sexy and sweet. 

  • Topshop

    Crystal Embellished Pencil Skirt ($160) in Black

    Crystal embellishments add an extra layer of visual intrigue.

  • BCBGMaxazria

    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.

  • Alice by Temperley

    Celia Polka-Dot Tulle Maxi Dress ($421) in Black

    The great thing about this dress: it showcases all the right places. 

  • Pixie Market

    Mesh Midi Skirt ($79) in Ivory

    Featuring just one mesh panel, this midi skirt offers a subtle way to try the trend. 

  • DKNY

    Maxi Skirt With Mini Skirt Underlay ($395) in Black

    Toughen up this mini-maxi skirt hybrid with a leather biker jacket. 

  • Helmut Lang

    Sheer Panel Shift Dress ($674) in Black

    An asymmetrical cut and pattern lend this dress its modern look. 

  • Tibi

    Embroidered Paneled Skirt ($375) in White

    A sheer organza underlay injects this embroidered skirt with ethereal qualities. 

  • Cynthia Rowley

    Mesh Combo Circle Skirt ($285) in Black

    Sheer netting stripes make for a flirtatious peek-a-boo moment. 

  • DKNY

    Double Layer Dress with Sequined Underlay ($395) in Black

    Clean, minimal lines turn up the sex appeal on this sequin number. 

  • Alexis

    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! 


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