How to Actually Wear a Sheer Dress: A Shopping Guide

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If you weren't already aware, we're very much here for the transparent trend. Whether cut from organza, tulle, or lace, the "naked" dress is a solidified celebrity favorite, with everyone from Ashley Graham to the Victoria's Secret Angels repping the see-through style with killer confidence. But we won't lie, the sheer trend is a tough one to nail down, in part because the idea of wearing something completely see-through is pretty daunting. Which is why we're building out our ultimate guide so you'll know exactly how to wear a sheer dress IRL.

They're not all made equally, though, and shopping for the right style all depends on what you plan to wear under your sheer dress. So let us break it down for you—from the casual duster dresses you'll throw on over jeans and a tee to the bold gowns worthy of a formal occasion. There are three levels on our "naked" dress barometer, and if you're armed with the following options, you too can go forth fearlessly and nail the sheer trend.

Level 1: The Casual "Just Throw It Over Jeans" Dress

This is your entry point into the "naked" dress trend. It's casual and easy to throw on over a simple T-shirt and jeans to make an average outfit combo look anything but. Opt for a sheer dress with a looser fit or go up a size so it doesn't fit too snug over your other layers.

Available in sizes M to L.

Level 2: Lace-Textured Sheer Dresses

The next level on the sheer dress thermometer is the lace-textured dress. These styles usually come fully lined so you can partake in the sheer trend without needing to overthink your layering strategy. Wear one of these sheer lace options with strappy heels for a night out.

Available in sizes 12 to 24.

Level 3: Formalwear Dresses (Not for the Faint of Heart)

And now for what we like to call the "level 10 naked dress", the fully transparent styles that leave it up to you as to what you'll wear underneath. We're fans of wearing plain undergarments like high-waisted briefs and a matching bra top underneath these fully sheer dresses for more formal occasions.

Available in sizes XXS to XL.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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