Your Guide To Wearing Sheer Tops The Right Way

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    When it comes to closet conundrums, the sheer top might be one of the toughest sartorial puzzles to crack. Reveal too little and you lose the effect, reveal too much and you’re suddenly cited for indecent exposure. The obvious solution--pairing a diaphanous top with a neutral camisole--feels like an amateur fix, so I came up with two additional ideas for styling this must-have piece. Whether you want to impress at the office or create an alluring party look, click through for inspiration to craft your own sheerly brilliant ensemble.

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    What I Wore:
    Topshop Premium Organza Pleat Top ($76); Tibi Silk Color Block Cami Dress ($325) in Purple Multi; Tory Burch Tina Mini Bag ($350); Unearthen Rose Furies Ring ($160); Maya Brenner Designs Shark Tooth Necklace ($960) in 18K Gold; Tory Burch Cat Eye Sunglasses ($149) in Tortoise; Aldo Frited Heels ($80).

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    The straw mini bag adds tactile interest to my outfit and feels spot-on for the warm weather. As for my jewelry, I swapped out my usual delicate rings for a chunky quartz cocktail bauble, which makes more of a statement for a party.

    What I Wore:
    Tory Burch Tina Mini Bag ($350); Unearthen Rose Furies Ring ($160); MAC Nail Lacquer ($16) in Life and Beth.

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    What I Wore:
    Maya Brenner Designs Shark Tooth Necklace ($960) in 18K Gold; Aldo Frited Heels ($80).

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    Consider the sheer shirt your opportunity to show off a dress with an interesting back. I love how the translucent overlay highlights the racer-back cut of this Tibi dress.

    What I Wore: 
    Topshop Premium Organza Pleat Top ($76); Tibi Silk Color Block Cami Dress ($325) in Purple Multi.

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    What I Wore:
    Tory Burch Cat Eye Sunglasses ($149) in Tortoise 

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    What I Wore:
    Topshop Premium Organza Pleat Top ($76); Topshop Check Tank Top by Boutique ($140); Maje Auclair Loose Darted Trousers ($340); Rupert Sanderson Wenjen Heels ($855); 3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli Satchel ($650) in Coral; 2 Bandits x Rebecca Taylor Spiked Cuff ($135) in Gold; Jennifer Meyer Thin Yellow Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond ($175); Jennifer Meyer Pyramid Earrings ($2200); Jennifer Fisher Brass Cigar Band Ring ($140, 1.888.255.0640, available September).

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    Something about a punchy bright bag feels so right this time of year, and this coral color is surprisingly versatile.

    What I Wore:
    3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli Satchel ($650) in Coral; 2 Bandits x Rebecca Taylor Spiked Cuff ($135) in Gold. 

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    Since I keep my clothes conservative at the office, I like to add edge with my accessories. Wearing rings on multiple fingers is my favorite tough-girl trick. Mix it up with an assortment of dainty and chunky versions.

    What I Wore:
    Jennifer Meyer Pyramid Earrings ($2200); Jennifer Meyer Thin Yellow Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond ($175); Jennifer Fisher Brass Cigar Band Ring ($140, 1.888.255.0640), MAC Nail Lacquer ($16) in Life and Beth.

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    PHOTO: Andrew Arthur

    What I Wore: 
    Maje Auclair Loose Darted Trousers ($340); Rupert Sanderson Wenjen Heels ($855).

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    PHOTO: Net-a-porter.com

    For the truly bold, pair this cheeky bow top with a bandeau top underneath.

    Christopher Kane Bow-Front Crinkled-Chiffon Shirt ($830)

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    PHOTO: Zara

    Still consider yourself a translucent trainee? This breezy tank is the perfect way to get your feet wet. Not to mention, it has a hint of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Valentino dress from this year’s Met Ball in its silhouette.

    Zara Top With Sheer Stripe ($60) in Emerald

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    PHOTO: Net-a-porter.com

    I’d think of this top more as a sweater, and layer a crisp, collared button-down underneath.

    Thakoon Mesh and Stretch-Cotton Top ($740)

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    PHOTO: Net-a-porter.com

    Work sheer into your office repertoire by pairing this peach blouse with a crisp white blazer on top.

    KARL Beata Chiffon Shirt ($149)

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    PHOTO: Intermixonline.com

    This sleeveless blouse with strategic sheer panels will lend a minimalist edge to any outfit.

    Helmut Lang Sheer Sleeveless Combo Blouse ($240)

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Premium Organza Pleat Top

Premium Organza Pleat Top

Topshop, $76
SHOP
Silk Color Block Cami Dress

Silk Color Block Cami Dress

Tibi, $325
SHOP
Tina Mini Bag

Tina Mini Bag

Tory Burch, $350
SHOP
Rose Furies Ring

Rose Furies Ring

Unearthen, $160
SHOP
Nail Lacquer in Life and Beth

Nail Lacquer in Life and Beth

MAC, $16
SHOP
Shark Tooth Necklace

Shark Tooth Necklace

Maya Brenner, $960
SHOP
Frited Heels

Frited Heels

Aldo, $80
SHOP
Cat Eye Sunglasses

Cat Eye Sunglasses

Tory Burch, $149
SHOP
Check Tank Top by Boutique

Check Tank Top by Boutique

Topshop, $140
SHOP
Auclair Loose Darted Trousers

Auclair Loose Darted Trousers

Maje, $340
SHOP
Mini Pashli Satchel

Mini Pashli Satchel

3.1 Phillip Lim, $650
SHOP
Wenjen Heels

Wenjen Heels

Rupert Sanderson, $855
SHOP
Pyramid Earrings

Pyramid Earrings

Jennifer Meyer, $2200
SHOP
Thin Yellow Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond

Thin Yellow Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond

Jennifer Meyer, $175
SHOP
Spiked Cuff

Spiked Cuff

2 Bandits x Rebecca Taylor, $135
SHOP
Bow-Front Crinkled-Chiffon Shirt

Bow-Front Crinkled-Chiffon Shirt

Christopher Kane, $830
SHOP
Top With Sheer Stripe

Top With Sheer Stripe

Zara, $60
SHOP
Mesh and Stretch-Cotton Top

Mesh and Stretch-Cotton Top

Thakoon, $740
SHOP
Beata Chiffon Shirt

Beata Chiffon Shirt

KARL, $149
SHOP
Sheer Sleeveless Combo Blouse

Sheer Sleeveless Combo Blouse

Helmut Lang, $240
SHOP
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