It’s a Thing: Sheer Dressing 

Look around, everywhere you turn is sheer dressing  

The year was 1990. The Berlin Wall came down, NASA launched the Hubble Space telescope, Seinfeld premiered, and Madonna had the best-selling single of the year with “Vogue.” The song was an instant banger, a fact helped along by the accompanying black-and-white David Fincher-directed video which took its cues from New York’s vibrant gay ballroom club scene. And by Madonna’s outfits in said video, chief among them a long sleeved sheer black lace number, with strategically placed patterns to preserve just enough modesty for an MTV audience.

Sheer dressing has had many iconic star turns: consider Cher in sheer, spangled and feathered Bob Mackie at the 1974 Met Gala; Kate Moss in 1993 in a shimmering peek-a-boo slip dress at an Elite model event; Rose McGowan at the 1998 VMA’s in a see-through apron dress and thong that left little to the imagination. In more recent years though, these styles have graduated from red-carpet events to everyday outfitting: try a long sheer dress over an opaque slip; a transparent blouse peeking out from under a blazer; or a dress with subtle sheer cut-outs.

Here a few of our favorite ways to nod to the trend: 

A delicate cap-sleeve floral dress with ruffles and sheer embroidered boning around the waistline is just demure enough.

model wearing slip with a delicate shell design

This slip with a delicate shell design and prim pintucked detailing around the waist is just demure enough.

It’s called bombshell for a reason. This sheer lace Bombshell corset with diamante straps lives up to its name.

model wearing rose lace triangle teddy

Double up on your sheer effect by sliding this rose lace triangle teddy under a sheer blouse.