5 Practical Ways to Style the Sheer Top Trend


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You're not alone if you're intimidated by the thought of wearing a sheer shirt. See-through materials like mesh, lace, and organza make the naked trend a pretty daring one. It comes as no surprise when we see celebs from Kendall Jenner to Emily Ratajkowski wearing barely there styles, but whenever I see a sheer shirt hanging on the rack, I think, how do I actually wear this if I'm not a model? Before I wrote it off completely, there are a few ways to style sheer shirts that had me reconsidering the trend.

From creative ways to layer the top to which styles, in particular, you should be shopping for, these five sheer shirt outfits are surefire ways to wear the trend without having the trend wear you. Go on to see which outfits I'm inspired by, and then shop the sheer shirts to test-drive the looks for yourself.


1. As a turtleneck
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I styled my mesh mock-neck top as I would any other plain turtleneck. Because my sheer top had a more snug fit, I opted to layer a solid tank on top of it instead of underneath.


2. Open as a jacket
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This is the simplest way to wear a sheer shirt. Just throw it on over what you're already wearing and leave it unbuttoned and open as a jacket.


3. Underwear as outerwear
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Get creative and layer a crop top or a solid bralette over your shirt. This works especially well if your sheer piece isn't skintight.


4. In a neutral shade
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Opt for a neutral or natural-toned shirt to keep things surprisingly classic.


5. Sheer sleeves
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Shop for a top with sheer-only sleeves as a no-brainer way to test-drive the trend. No layering or inventive styling needed.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.