When it’s warm outside, the last thing you feel like doing is piling on the clothes, and even the thought of layering in the summer heat is enough to induce a panic attack. But we thought of a little style trick that will help you keep cool and amp up your look. We’re willing to let you in on the secret—because transparency is key (pun intended)—it’s all about sheer clothing. Check out our semi-sheer outfit ideas and, if you already have a wardrobe of diaphanous pieces, be sure to share your transparency tales in the comments section below!
The Secret To Surviving The Summer Heat In Style
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3.1 Phillip Lim Pleated Full Shorts ($210)
Styling Tip: Dress up these pretty blue shorts at work with some mules, a blazer, and a sleek up-do. Or, throw on a simple blouse and comfortable sandals for a laid-back look on a lazy day.
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Line & Dot Ellis Sheer-Skirt Gingham Slip Dress ($115)
Styling Tip: Checkmate! This gingham dress was made for summer picnicking. The lightweight hemline will cover your bare legs from the itchy grass, while the sheer skirt ensures you won’t overheat. Step into some gladiator sandals and don’t forget your panama hat for a finished look!
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Mango Pleated Chiffon Top ($45)
Styling Tip: The neckline on this top is so adorable, it makes our knees buckle. It would be lovely with just about anything, but we think it would look especially wonderful with a pair of white cigarette pants. And if you want to make the sexy back a little more modest, simply style with a black tank top underneath.
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Nonoo Organza Track Pants ($330)
Styling Tip: The age-old question: pants or shorts? We’ve got some amazing news. Thanks to these lovely straight-leg slacks, you’ll never have to face this mind-boggling dilemma again. The dreamy shade of lavender would look nice with a casual t-shirt in a bold, primary color. Easy, breezy, and beautiful—just like you.
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Prabal Gurung Organza Hem Pencil Skirt ($540)
Styling Tip: This skirt is absolutely perfect with just a hint of skin peeking through the organza hem. For a fresh aesthetic, wear it with a tucked-in collared denim button-down shirt and some iridescent pointy-toe pumps.
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Pushbutton Transparent Popsicle Dress ($378)
Styling Tip: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream (and for this popsicle-print dress). Try it with a high-waisted pencil skirt and cropped halter top in a corresponding color, and we promise the result will be a treat.
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re:named Sheer Lines Pencil Skirt ($48)
Styling Tip: This pencil skirt’s nude hue and silhouette are beyond flattering. Paired with a boxy, cropped, collared blouse, it will be even more elongating. Win, win!
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Rebecca Taylor Runway Lace Dress ($495)
Styling Tip: What a sweet relief it is to find you, dress of our dreams. If you want to put the micro in micro-mini, then by all means, strut your stuff in this dress as is. Or, wear a black slip underneath, and pair with some strappy heels.
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The Reformation Venice Blazer ($218)
Styling Tip: While our boring halves are telling us there is nothing practical about this, our fun (and wise) halves are telling us there is nothing more practical than a not-really-there blazer for the summer months. We’re definitely siding with the latter on this one. Say hello to your new summer staple!
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Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Transparent Stripe Top ($180)
Styling Tip: This pink stripe top is sweet as candy. Try it with a white lace bralette and white cut-offs. Or, if you’re feeling extra playful, throw on some denim overalls and call it day.
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AllSaints Nora Shorts ($178)
Styling Tip: Who knew hot pants could be so tasteful and charming? Pair these with a simple top, bold jewelry, and understated flats.
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Zara Studio Semi-Sheer Dress ($80)
Styling Tip: Two words: turtleneck and leggings. Okay, you’re probably panicking in protest, but let us explain. An uber-lightweight white turtleneck and a pair of sheer leggings under this loose-fitting dress would make for an effortlessly sophisticated ensemble. Or, if you’re still not having it, try an oversized graphic tee underneath instead.