How To Wear The Sheer Trend With Tact and Style

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Chanel Spring Summer 2024. Image: Spotlight/Launchmetrics.
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Alaia SS24

How To Master The Sheer Trend This Spring Summer 2024

Season after season, transparency takes to the runways in one form or another. As myriad iterations of the infamous ‘naked dress’ continue to weave their way onto the red carpets, we continue to marvel at the risqué styles of celebrities who dare to bare (nearly) all. But we can’t help but wonder, how does one pull sheer ensembles off in real life?

While it might seem counterintuitive, the Spring Summer 2024 iterations of the sheer trend offer remarkable wearability, if one does not take the runway nip slips literally… Let’s not forget runway shows are designed to create buzz and inspire. And while celebrities can often get away with defying norms of propriety; they’re not a blueprint for wardrobe malfunctions. For those cautious about embracing this style without crossing lines of decorum, stay tuned. Up next, we explore MOJEH’s top runway inspirations and provide practical advice for mastering this season’s sheer style.

The Evolution of Sheer Trends

Let’s face it, this trend is so recurrent we can’t call it a trend anymore. Who can forget Jennifer Lopez’s gossamer Versace gown at the 2000 Grammys and Beyoncé’s bejewelled Givenchy gown for the 2015 Met Gala, with its strategically placed crystals? More recently, post-Oscar parties, Cannes, and recent Met Gala appearances (hello Anitta, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid, respectively) have reignited interest in sheer fashion, with searches for sheer dresses soaring and leaving us wondering if we mere mortals can pull off the look without giving our grandparents a heart attack.

Woman in skirt and sheer top Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde at the AW2024 Saint Laurent Show. Not all of us can pull of these celeb riské moves!

Designers like Mugler, Jacquemus, and Valentino are introducing sheer takes on evening wear, proving the trend’s versatility from glamorous evening attire to more subdued daytime outfits. Prada ventured into the trend with gauzy coordinates, while Dior offered a more casual, netted version of a swimsuit and Alaïa nailed the paneling game from day-to-evening perfection.

Sheer Trend Runway Inspiration

From Mugler to Jacquemus, and Valentino, designers have been keen to explore the adaptability of sheer materials, crafting pieces that transition smoothly from glamorous evening wear to more subdued daytime outfits. Prada has introduced sheer layers over delicate coordinates, while Dior and Alaïa have mastered the integration of sheer panels into everyday wear, proving the trend’s enduring appeal.

How to Wear The Sheer Look

The key to embracing the sheer trend lies in its styling. The aim is to incorporate sheer fashion into daily wear without compromising on modesty or appropriateness—essential for settings like weddings or formal gatherings.

Practical Styling Tips

Strategic Panels

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Coperni SS24

Look for pieces that combine sheer and opaque fabrics to maintain modesty effortlessly. Opt for dresses with sheer lower sections complemented by opaque tops, or vice versa, allowing for creative yet tasteful exposure.


Layer Wisely

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Paris Street Style. Fashion Week Sept 2023.

Layering is an effective way to sport sheer items. Consider wearing a sheer skirt over leggings or a sheer dress over a bodysuit or jeans (as seen at Zimmerman SS2024). This approach helps mitigate the sheerness while maintaining a chic, cohesive look.

Zimmerman SS24

Choose Undergarments Carefully

The selection of undergarments is crucial. Choose options that provide coverage and style, like high-waisted briefs or full-coverage panties, to keep the ensemble classy and comfortable.

Saint Laurent AW 2024

There you have it—that wasn’t so hard, was it? The sheer trend can work for anyone and any occasion. Whether drawing inspiration from the runway or a celebrity, there are styling options that cater to both bold and the more prudent fashion sensibilities.

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