6 Sheer Top Outfits to Wear All Summer Long

From eveningwear to everywhere.

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From casual summer outfits to runway looks, showing a bit of skin is totally having a moment right now. Light, breezy, and fun, sheer tops are the perfect style to wear for warmer weather – not to mention they add an unexpectedly chic and edgy flair to almost every outfit. Whether you love gauzy mesh or prefer to stick to the classic lace, sheer tops serve as a fantastic layering option and can also be the accent under a cute tee or over a flirty bralette.

“I love a sheer top with a structured bottom,” says stylist Lex Alexandris. “The texture and softness creates instant interest to an otherwise basic look, and the delicate nature of a gauzy shirt also adds a femininity and ease that is understated chic, but sexy as well.” We can't agree more with Alexandris's take on sheer tops and encourage fashionistas to take a risk when styling them; whether it be for a daring office look layered underneath a power suit or for a standout summer soiree moment, they really do take things from basic to bold in a flash. So why not let your inner extrovert shine with sheer pieces?

Ahead, we've cultivated the ultimate guide for layering sheer tops this summer.

Light Touch

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If you’re looking to dip your toe into the mesh trend, picking out a see-through blouse with some ruching and light patterns is the perfect starting point. Totally in style with the twee aesthetic, a cute and fun pattern can bring an element of whimsy for a more delicate vibe. Layer over a simple bralette and your go-to blue jeans to complete the look.

All About Layering

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The key to wearing anything sheer is being bold with layering your pieces. Whether the mesh is the star of the show or a tool for additional texture, grouping your sheer pieces with opaque elements screams effortlessly cool. Pair your favorite long-sleeved mesh top underneath a showstopping dress to help style down your look for a streetwear undertone.

Simple and Sleek

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Sheer can certainly be sophisticated enough for you to wear to work, especially when you try layering a sheer blouse over your top. It is an easy way to level up your basic tanks to star status. A quintessential pairing, this simple and sleek outfit can be worn from day to night with ease. With a pair of boyfriend jeans and a cute pair of flats (which, by the way, are pretty much everywhere right now), you seriously can’t go wrong.


Monochrome Moment

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If you haven’t tried a monochrome outfit by now, this look by the fabulous fashionista Olivia Culpo will have you making room in your wardrobe in seconds. Working with the same hue from blouse to bottoms is a fun way to introduce new textures and styles, with the safety net of knowing you can’t really mess up the look. The sheerness of the top gives the outfit a breath of lightness and prevents it from appearing too heavy.

Embrace The 90s

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Ahh 90s fashion – how we love you. A decade defined by baggy clothes and edgy accessories, it’s the ideal inspiration for wearing sheer tops. Not to mention, this was the decade that basically invented mesh clothing. Try this style by pairing a simple black bralette under a basic mesh tee and layer with an oversized jean jacket. Really looking to bring back the 90s? Throw on a pair of your chunkiest boot!

Chrome Illusion

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For an elevated styling, opting for a top with a bit of color and dimension is a quick and easy way to add sophistication to a sheer piece. Styled with fashionable wide-legged jeans, western-inspired ankle boots and a chic clutch, this is a look that is truly timeless.

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