Feeling unsure around sheer? Follow the below styling tips – and consider our favourite pieces to shop – to easily master the trending look
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Layering is an art form. It's one that we are usually faced with mastering during the transitional seasons, tackling the perfect proportions of shirts, knitwear and outer layers. But now, a new dimension of layering has come to the fore with the finest, most transparent and delicate of fabrics are swathed and overlaid – with Miu Miu, Sportmax and Fendi leading the layering charge.
Sheer comes hand-in-hand with peeks and glimpses of skin and undergarments, sometimes considered 'brave'. But with the right layering techniques for your most delicate pieces – you can slay sheer with confidence.
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Three, four, or more
In its essence, layering prolongs the wearable period of a garment. For example, a chunky knit under a blazer opens up an additional month of a blazer's life as outerwear. But for delicate layering, we leave that mindset behind. Your main focus should be instead to create dimension – drawing attention to several garments at once.
The best thing about delicate pieces? The more the merrier. Layer up to three or four pieces without feeling too bulky or warm. And play around with what is closest to the body – our tip is to start with higher-denier, thicker fabrics closer to the body, and sheer fabrics on the outer.
Silk-organza over coat
Crinkled tank top
Canoa belted wool blend knit cardigan
Soft sheer long sleeve top
Transparent touch cardigan
Curved rib cotton tank top
Sheer silk top
Semi-sheer midi skirt
The dark side
To ease more gradually into this trend, an easier place to start is the dark side. The same rules apply, but the teases of skin and undergarments are a little more subtle. Introduce textures of lace and opaque as you go.
Photo: Saint Laurent AW23
Semi sheer gathered silk shirt
Baum und Pferdgarten
Silk georgette sheer flared pants
Alleta silk organza midi skirt
Sheer ruched jersey top
Undergarments as outer garments
There's no two ways about it – sheer and delicate fabrics will have your undergarments on show. For those less confident about putting their daily bra on show, cue in pieces that aren't necessarily in your underwear rotation but still do the job: like a silky slip or streamlined high-rise briefs. Or, simply add a camisole or bodysuit underneath your sheer pieces if you're seeking a more modest approach.
Giambattista Valli, AW23.
Haku bodycon jersey midi dress
Le body caraco cotton knit bodysuit
True rib super high-rise briefs
Printed jersey bodysuit
Warm up stretch tech jumpsuit