Styling Mistakes To Avoid When Trying To Nail The Sheer Trend

Kate Moss made sheer apparel an iconic style statement approximately 30 years ago at the height of the '90s fashion era, but transparent — aka sheer — fabric originated decades before the '90s with roots that may surprise you in how the sheer trend of today came to be. The Fashion Spot reveals that nearly a century ago, during the 1930s Great Depression period when thin layers of fabric were sometimes all that was available, designers began layering the thinly veiled pieces on top of one another to craft free-flowing, whimsical gowns which look new though they were in actuality a predecessor to contemporary upcycling and sustainable fashion. Today, sustainability meets sophisticated sheer. 

You've probably heard of the sheer trend, and if you haven't, then you've likely seen it on social media or in person without realizing that this fashion styling of sheer fabric over varying degrees of solid coverage, from consciously conservative to confidently courageous, is picking up steam and seems to be here to stay. Some styles within the sheer trend are chic, sleek, and striking in a sophisticated and voguish way, while other ensembles involving sheer garments can take a wrong turn if one of several frequent mistakes is inadvertently made. Since you most definitely don't want things to go awry, in particular when donning sheer garb, it's all about knowing how to avoid mistakes that can lead to embarrassing encounters, to say the least. Knowledge equals power and education for sheer is available here.

Flowing fabric is flattering

To conquer the sheer trend for your chicest fashion era yet, follow some simple styling rules for successful, cheerful, and sheerful experiences! Bodycon bodices are trending for opaque fabrics, but for sheer, you'll want to seek free-flowing fits for the ability to consciously layer undergarments, camisoles, and slips underneath transparent overlays. It's also advised to leave enough billowing fabric for elevating your look with a tucked-in transparent top ensemble, which is an excellent tactic for any type of sheer shirt from button-downs to barely-there basics in tonal tints. Sheers to your new era! 

Check coverage beneath lighting beforehand

Sporting any sheer style is a delightfully daring pursuit. No matter the hue of dye-tinting transparent items, though, draw a clear line between daring yourself to be bold without daring to push the limits of sheer. Give yourself extra time beforehand to check that undergarments you wish to keep to yourself don't show beneath the transparent fabric. Assess your kit under indoor lights, in sunlight, and under bright lights like your phone's flashlight to confirm coverage. Taking practice photos with flash can let you know how securely your sheer fabric has you covered in pictures. 

Have an extra layer to avoid a sheer faux pas

Across all of the possible ensembles you could wear while finding yourself in the midst of a fashion faux pas or style S.O.S. it's undeniably a worst-case scenario to be in a tight spot — or rather, transparent spot — in sheer clothing. Gift yourself sheer ease of mind knowing you're covered should your sheer kit rip, luminously bright light lingers, or adjustments go awry, and always keep an extra layer on you for sudden on-the-spot coverage. Outerwear like a denim jacket is the quintessential emergency style shield for standby security.

Use sheer for not-so-transparent complementary finesse

The very nature of sheer fabric is its transparent ability to see straight through it, though styling transparent pieces with poise should pair sheers and solids in complementary manners. Yes, celebrities are going all-out clear and sheer on the red carpet and at global fashion weeks, but in everyday ensembles, the most sophisticated styling comes from careful selection of opaque fabrics with hints of transparent tints. In practice, examples include pairing sheer tops with denim or solid bottoms, draping sheer overlays topping tonal separates, and layering sheer staples to channel the trend's transparent origins. 

Don't compromise on your comfort

The fabrics used to make modern sheer styles aren't always the softest or smoothest, with scratchy organza, tulle, chiffon, and lace comprising common crafting of sheer pieces, per Not Jess Fashion. If you're constantly shifting in your sheer garments to adjust uncomfortable, itchy, or painful fabric, you risk over-adjusting. Feeling chronically insecure in sheer gear is another means for nearly certainly dampening your spirits. 

Accessorize with acuity of assembly

Once you've double-checked for possible lighting mishaps, you're nearly in the clear to finalize your look. IMBB proffers proposals of cardinal sins for sheer clothing, spotlighting advocacy of awareness when accessorizing garments crafted from transparent fabrics. Remember that the fabrics used in the sheer trend are, well, sheer and clear! The fabrics utilized, like chiffon and tulle, are also easily prone to snagging whether they're sewn onto opaque or transparent apparel. You'll want to avoid wearing accessories, including handbags with hardware, which pose potential problems of making the sheer completely disappear should snag-induced holes occur. 

Know your audience

Sheer is generating sophisticated, savvy statements across social media and amongst celebrity circles, as the Hadid and Kardashian-Jenner siblings step out wearing stunning all-sheer outfits, embracing the bounds of transparent fabric in body-acceptance proclamations made through fashion, reveals The New Daily. Though, unlike Kim and Kendall, key advice before donning sheer is to consciously consider your audience throughout your day ahead. The reality is workplaces and public spaces frequently adhere to standards where sheer wouldn't be in the clothing clear. To avoid a massive faux pas during professional endeavors, consciously consider who you'll interact with and be seen by before wearing sheer.