What to Wear Under Sheer Summer Clothing
Let's be honest: Summer pieces are basically ranked in order of opacity, from slightly sheer to completely transparent. Once temps start to rise, there tends to be a drop in fabrics (both in excess and in weight), and subsequently, an upswing in sartorial challenges.
It's a problem that affects the Hollywood set, too—but luckily, some of our favorite celebs have figured out stylish fixes to common sheer-clothing problems. At an evening event, Rashida Jones's look was sheer genius—and a lesson in how to pull of a see-through dress like a pro. She gave her sexy black lace midi-length dress a polished (and slightly offbeat) spin by layering it with a crisp white shirtdress.
As major proponents of public decency, we took a sampling of summer's shockingly sheer offerings, which range from open-knit crochet tops to unlined dresses, and coupled each problematic piece with a solution for what to wear underneath. No risky business here.
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The Problem: A Linen Dress
The Problem: A One-Shoulder Guipure Lace Top
There aren't too many things cuter than shoulder-baring tops. But when they are see-through, what's a girl to do? Layer a strapless bodysuit underneath to make sure you're covered.
The Problem: A Cut-Out Skirt with a Questionable Lining
A super sheer skirt, like this white textured knit piece, may already come affixed with a lining, but for extra protection, it doesn't hurt to add one more layer underneath. The solution: A half-slip in a similar shade that's just a hair shorter than that of the lining. No awkward peek-a-boo slips here.
The Problem: A Semi-Sheer Shirtdress
At the end of the day, slightly sheer, or "semi-sheer," pieces are still sheer, which means an underpinning is not a mere suggestion—it's essential. The solution: Pair with a classic white slip or add a feminine touch with a peek of a girly pink piece.
The Problem: A See-Through Black Blouse
You have a transparent black blouse—now what? First, stay away from nudes or white layers underneath. The goal is to cover up, not tease the eye. The solution: this T by Alexander Wang black bra top that not only looks good layered under a blouse, but also worn alone.
The Problem: White Linen Shorts
Unlike sheers, white pieces aren't intentionally cut to be see-through, but the problem persists anyway—especially when it's crafted from a fabric as light as poplin. The solution: Nude second-skin shorts that not only prevent unwanted exposure, but also offer support.