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 fabric (both in excess and in weight), and subsequently, an upswing in getting-dressed challenges.
It's a problem that affects street-style stars and the Hollywood set, too — but luckily, some of our favorite celebs have figured out easy fixes to common sheer-clothing problems. We're here to help with tips, too.
As major proponents of public decency, we took a sampling of summer's sheer offerings, which range from open-knit crochet tops to unlined dresses, and coupled each 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 Backless Crochet Blouse
There isn't much cuter than a shoulder-baring top. But when it's see-through and backless, what's a girl to do? Layer a strapless, plunging bodysuit underneath to make sure you're covered.
The Problem: A Semi-Sheer Shirt Dress
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.
The Problem: A See-Through Shirt
So you bought that animal-print top, but didn't notice it was see-through until you got home? It's OK. Just layer with a black bralette that not only looks good under a blouse, but also when worn alone.
The Problem: White Shorts
Unlike sheers, white pieces aren't intentionally cut to be see-through, but the problem persists anyway — especially when the piece is crafted from a fabric as light as poplin. The solution: Second-skin shorts that not only prevent unwanted exposure, but also offer support.
The Problem: A dress with openwork details.
The Problem: A crochet skirt.
A super-sheer skirt may already come affixed with a lining, but for extra protection, it doesn't hurt to add one more layer underneath. Grab a half-slip that's just a hair shorter than that of the lining. No awkward peek-a-boos here.
The Problem: A Little White Shirt
The LWS (little white shirt) is a summer staple, and can also be a double whammy, with sheer fabrics and gaping button holes. No need to worry, though, because a lightweight tank will keep you covered and cool during sunny days.