Colorful Style: 5 Ways How to Wear a Sheer Top

I’ve come up with 5 ways of how to wear a sheer top that may not be on your radar. I always love the idea of sheer pieces to add a bit of drama to an outfit. Yet I found myself always wearing them the same way, over another top.

Once I started playing around in my closet and using the idea that layering can be over AND under other clothing items, I found many more options.

Ideas of How to Wear a Sheer Top

1-Wear the sheer over another top

2-Layer the sheer over a dress

3-Have the sheer top under a blazer

4-Wear the sheer under a vest

5-Layer two tops -- found on my blog post

I’ve incorporated not only different ways to layer with this theme, but I also worked in various color combinations. Hopefully, it will give you ideas of how to wear a sheer top in more ways than one which is not only good for the wallet but also sustainable.

Joggers: Naomi & Ruth Online Boutique ~~ Sheer Top: ~~ Top Underneath: ~~ Shoes: Naot c/o

1-Wear the Sheer Over Another Top

Wearing your sheer top over another non-sheer piece is the most conventional way to wear it. In fact, many sheer items are sold with a camisole or shirt to wear in this way.

Insider tip: If your sheer top comes with a camisole or top, DON’T hang or store them together. You can wear them separately and you will remember they came together if you want to pair them. This helps your brain find more variety in your closet.

The joggers are a silky material that seems more unique to me. And the day was spent walking around a home and garden show, so I needed very comfortable shoes. This pair of sneakers is from the company Naot which includes arch support in their shoes.

Other times I’ve worn this black sheer top:

Wearing Leopard Coats for Dress Up This time it was layered over an eggplant-colored dress.

Styling Your White Button-Down Shirt as a Jacket I wore it over a light-colored top this time.

Dress: Banana Republic-thrifted~~ Sheer Top: Banana Republic Factory~~ Shoes: thrifted~~ Scarf: ~~ Brooch:

2-Layer the Sheer Over a Dress

Wearing a sheer top over a dress is the same concept as wearing it over a top. This time your “top” is connected to a skirt.

The advantage of this is your sheer top acts as a jacket or cardigan to give the dress another layer.

The disadvantage is you may feel that the look is unfinished with the hem of the sheer top just hanging over the dress. I wore it this way on our Caribbean cruise for one of my dinner outfits and didn’t mind the shirt hanging out this way.

However, it is all dependant on what the hem of the top looks like and how long it is.

There are ways you can cover the hem of the top. This works with any top you want to layer over a dress.

1-Add a scarf as a belt as I did in the above photo.

2-A thick belt will do the same trick.

3-If you only have a thinner belt, you can position it up higher on your body and blossom the top over it.

4-Use a hand dandy, clear elastic to pull the hem together in a knot.

I took the ties of the sheer blouse and created a “scarf” around my neck that I secured with a brooch.

Jeans: Kancan ~~ Jacket: from Uncommon Closet-an online consignment shop ~~ Sheer top: Banana Republic Factory~~ Boots: Cecelia New York- won in a giveaway~~ Purse: From the Las Vegas airport

3-How to Wear a Sheer Top Under a Blazer

There are blazers that barely need a top under them in order for you to feel covered. This is a perfect time to add your sheer top if it can just peek out a little to be admired but still create a modest look.

I wore my turtleneck sheer blouse under a print blazer with black jeans and metallic ankle boots.

Insider tip: I routinely wear a machine washable t-shirt under any of my blazers even if they don’t peek out. This works great under any dry clean pieces to save money and wear and tear on those items. The less you wash or dry clean your blazers, the longer they last.

Jeans: Dear John ~~ Vest: I knitted it~~ Sheer top: Banana Republic Factory~~ Earrings: Maripose Skies~~ Hat: thrifted

4-Wear the Sheer Top Under a Vest

You saw this outfit in our sweater vest post recently. The advantage to wear it under a vest instead of a blazer is you can see the beautiful sleeves.

For this example, as you can see in the sweater vest post, I tucked the ties under my vest so they were hidden.

The sweater vest is one that I handknit many years ago. Even though it’s a pastel colorway, I tried to give it a fall vibe by adding in brown corduroy jeans and a dark hat.

5-Layer two tops -- Make sure to check out the fifth way which is found on my blog post

My goal is always to inspire you to have fun with what you already have in your closet. Sure it’s fun to purchase a new thing here or there, but I bet you already have items in your wardrobe to make many of these concepts useful.

The best part about our personal style is how it is “Personal” meaning it fits you and your personality, and nobody else’s style!!

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Jodie Filogomo
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