with Kylie Jenner Megan Thee Stallion rocked a total trend these days, but you might not think you can wear a catsuit or a nude dress to suit your lifestyle.
Thankfully, there’s a middle ground for sexy yet seasoned fashionistas, because past 40 is still fun. Outside of work, sexual attraction is almost always moderately appropriate, especially for date nights, dinners with friends, nights on the town, cocktail parties, and evening weddings. A light step in can be the perfect style choice.
Read on for essential tips for wearing the sheer trend without feeling naked. Or, if you’re in a hurry, check out the two budget-friendly sheer pieces and one investment option in the table below.
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Dos and Don’ts When Wearing Sheers
Below are some simple guidelines for wearing sheer dresses, tops, skirts, and accessories.
Extend your comfort level. But don’t overdo it.
Pushing your boundaries with fashion is fun, but overdoing it can be counterproductive. You can’t enjoy yourself if you’re too self-conscious.
Please strike a balance.
Team your sexy sheer dress with kitten heels and a classy neck scarf. Or pair it with a full-coverage A-line midi skirt and a sheer top. Balance helps fashion.
Experiment with sheer accessories.
If you feel that your body is too see-through, try some sheer accessories. Cardigans and kimonos with a sense of sheerness are the point. Other options include sheer detail shoes, sheer scarves, and sheer paneled handbags.
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Never go outside without a light test first.
With sheer clothing, the lighting determines how much skin is exposed. Test your clothing under different lighting to make sure you’re not exposing it more than you planned. Stand under fluorescent lights in your garage, dim lighting in your bedroom, and so on.
Even better, have a friend take pictures of you in different lighting.
Don’t forget to secure and tape.
When it comes to wearing see-through dresses and tops, one wrong step can ruin your wardrobe. If the sheer panel of clothing is near the girl, use fashion tape to secure it.
Do not combine thin underwear with thin clothing.
Just to be sure, choose panties and bras that cover your parts moderately. Opt for satin panties over lace.
Fun Sheer Wear for Women Over 40
Discover 8 stylish sheer pieces to inspire your shopping.
For weddings and daytime fun
Modcloth’s fun white floral shift dress captures the sheer trend with pretty overlays. The sweet patterns and shapes go well with the wide, opaque sleeves.
at cocktail hour
Marina’s cocktail dress transforms shift style into evening wear. Sheer sleeves and neck panel turn this spaghetti strap number into a classy choice for a dressy night out. A high-low hemline lets your knees peak without giving up back coverage.
to show off your shape
We know our model is close to 40, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear this dress. increase. Thanks to its form-fitting fit and above-the-knee hemline, there’s no shortage of sex appeal.
Stay classy by pairing this dress with flats and a touch of casual makeup.
in casual everyday life
Sheers aren’t just for nights and beach days. Try an in-between look with a sheer longline cardigan. Wear it with jeans for a casual day or over a sheath dress for work.
on a date night
This is the perfect off-the-shoulder dress for date night. The polka dots on the sheer panels add a touch of fun to the atmosphere. Plus, the shift shape is just right for dancing through the night. There is also a pocket on the hip in case you want to part with your handbag.
This bright sheer top can be worn in many different ways. Team it with a skirt over a dark camisole or bralette for a racy evening look. During the day, choose a white camisole and jeans. Or wear this sheer he top over your bathing suit as a chic cover-up at the beach.
for your special day
For special occasions, this Marchesa Notte number brings undeniable class. Sheer panels at the neckline keep her well covered despite her plunging chest. The waist-defining side panels hint at the dress’ open back.
just for fun
These fun boots add retro style to your repertoire.Sheer panels and rhinestones dress them up, while the rubber sole and low block heel make them very practical. Wear it with trousers, tailored jeans, or your favorite midi skirt.
sheer for all ages
Pure trends can be overtly sexy — but it’s also gracefully sexy. Choose subtle sheer panels or cutouts, sheer layers, or sheer accessories to find that elegance. (not because she’s actually naked).