Sheer Clothing Doesn’t Have To Be Scary

Mention “sheer clothing,” and my mind automatically skips to one particular image of Jane Birkin. You know the one. She’s at the French premiere of Slogan, with a simple straw bag in one hand, Serge Gainsbourg on the other, sheathed in a barely there black tunic, braless and flawless, rockin’ a 1969 version of #freethenipple. So yeah, if you’re a wee bit intimidated by letting things, well, hang out, you’re not alone — it’s scary! But, you don't have to have Jane Birkin's confidence level to pull it off.

With the right attitude and the right degree of translucency, anyone serve up some sheer style. To make your foray into see-through clothing feel less frightening, I've rounded up 15 pieces — from merely sheer-ish to sheer and present danger — that’ll help you discover the “fun” in diaphanous.
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Skinstripes are the new pinstripes.

Club Monaco Corah Sheer Stripe Top, $98.50, available at Club Monaco.
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Total transparency: no secrets here.

Marni Sheer Short Sleeve Shirt, $740 $370, available at Farfetch.
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These hit so many trends — and well — but they really should be called "carfaux pants." Feel us?

Tibi
Isa Organza Cropped Cargo Pants, $345 $172.50, available at Tibi.
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Casually sheer.

Zara
Sheer Detail Dress, $29.90, available at Zara
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Minimalistic and clean, Ally McBeal-approved.

Topshop Sheer Mesh Tee, $40, available at Topshop.
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Sheerly irresistible.

Free People Sonya Set, $321, available at Free People.
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How shall I wear thee? Let me count the ways: 1. Layered with a plain tank 2. With the new $80 sports bra on which I just splurged. 3. Under a slip dress I’ve yet to acquire. 4. With a leather dress, or would that be too much? 5. With some black high-waisted shorts, yeah, the ones with the frayed hem. 6. Under all my overalls 7. Track pants...yes track pants. Oh wait, I still have eight more sheer items to show you. Let's continue.

Out From Under Mesh Long Sleeve Top, $29, available exclusively at Urban Outfitters.
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Girl With The Dragon Tattoo meets Black Swan meets Spinal Tap.

Haider Ackermann
Long Pois Tulle Black Top, $700 $279, available at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Sheer socks are a great option for those who want to — literally — dip a toe in the trend, and they’ll breathe new life into many an old pair of loafers.

& Other Stories
Lingerie Socks, $10, available at & Other Stories.
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The embodiment of asymmetrical post-modern poetry.

Marques Almeida Deconstructed Single Shoulder Sweater, $530 $249, available at SSENSE.
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It’s hard to be coy in koi.

Choies White Koi Gauze Bomber, $45.90, available at Choies.
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Get suited up for a night out on the town.

Mango Sheer Striped Bodysuit, $35.99 29.99, available at Mango.
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Swap out an S for a hot "MESH" look.

Criminal Damage Sheer Mesh Short Sleeve Hoodie, $65.00, available at ASOS.
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A sheer sweater seems counterintuitive and paradoxically chic.

R13
Sheer Cashmere Sweater, $395, available at Moda Operandi
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Wowzers! Sheer Trousers!

Ellery Sheer Trousers, $890 $579, available at FWRD.
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