Cheap and Chic: Sheer Garments That Scream Classy

Cheap and Chic: Sheer Garments That Scream Classy

Leave a little something to the imagination with these favorite transparent fashionable picks

August 12, 2013


Sheer is a hot trend we saw on the runways for spring and summer, and it doesn’t seem to be losing any steam for fall. Maybe you’ve already added a few sheer pieces to your wardrobe, or maybe you’re leery of how to wear the see-through threads. Luckily, the look is easier to pull off than you think. Check out five fashionable friendly ways it can easily be done.

For the Sophisticated

Speaking of Chic Dress ($55,

A black and beige frock can be boring, but not when there are delicate features like a sheer cap sleeve and lace accents at the hip. The sheer continues at the plunging neckline. This is the perfect way to add sex appeal, perfect for date night. 

For the Trendy

Merlot Animal Shirt Dress ($57,

Animal prints will never go out of style, and wearing a print in a bold hue elevates the chic factor. The lightweight, sheer sleeve is ideal for a brisk summer night and into fall. Keep it simple by stepping in to a pair of neutral heels, which offer the illusion of longer legs.

For the Bohemian

Labworks Woven Halter Jumpsuit ($35,

Show off those killer legs thanks to the jumpsuit’s sheer overlay. The drawstring defines the waist, and you can even swap out the tied belt with a thin printed one to break up the color. When it comes to versatility, have fun with the accessories you choose. A neon wedge adds an additional pop of color, while a flat sandal and oversized woven bag play up summer’s “just left the boardwalk” look.

For the Working Woman

Casual Studio Roll Sleeve Sheer Blouse ($50,

Think sheer is off limits at the office? Guess again! Tuck the chiffon blouse into your favorite pencil skirt and you’re ready for a fashion forward day at work. The multicolored top pairs well with any neutral bottom, or you can have fun and mix prints, as long as they’re similar in color.

For the Casual Chic

Sheer Colorblocked Open Cardigan ($60,

Every woman could really benefit from having a cardigan that makes a statement. Colorblocked sleeves and gauzy material make this Loft cardigan a step above the rest. Belt it over a sleeveless sheath dress or wear it open with dark skinny jeans and a bright tank top.

—Patrice J. Williams

Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.



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