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From blouses to dresses, sheer is in. Just check out the designer runways. So what's the problem with sheer? Most designers showcase their fab sheer looks over skimpy underthings (or no underthings at all), and while this works fine for the runway, it shouldn't be transitioned into real life. So, if you're dying to wear sheer, learn how to rock it without baring all.
Layer, layer, layer. If your sheer little number is just too in-your-face as is, throw on a blazer. Not only will this cover up your goodies, it'll also make for the perfect contrast of structured over sexy. If you're still feeling too exposed, go ahead and button your blazer up, or throw on a chunky necklace. It's an unexpected way to give your self a bit more extra coverage.
Expose your undies if you dare. Tons of celebs and fashion girls let their undies show under their sheer pieces. Just make sure to wear undergarments with more coverage. If you're wearing a dress, this means you'll have to wear a full slip, not just a bra and panties (you don't want to go too extreme). If you're rocking a blouse or shirt, a bra is fine as long as it has fuller cups. For extra coverage, pair it with a high-waisted skirt or pant so you're exposing less skin.
Combine your sheer pieces. Designer Ralph Lauren did this seamlessly in his Fall 2010 collection. No one says you can't wear more than one sheer piece at a time. If your dress shows too much, throw a sheer blouse on over it. It's perfectly OK to mix your sheer pieces. Try mixing complementary colors and prints to make your look even more fun.
If you love your sheer dress, but don't like it with a slip, try wearing it over a bodysuit. If you don't want to spend the bucks for a bodysuit, you can get the same look with a tank top and leggings. This is the perfect option for the more modest gals. You'll feel totally covered, but will still get that fab sheer look that you want.
If you really dare to bare, go for it! There's nothing wrong with tastefully flaunting your assets. Instead of just wearing a bra, throw your sheer top over a bandeau. You'll see leave tons of sexy skin showing, but won't have to worry about showing any cleavage under your sheer piece. According to "Elle" Fashion News Director Anne Slowey, it's best to stick to neutral colors. You're making enough of a statement already, so there's no need to scream or shout with loud, bright shades. Keep it neutral, and you'll look absolutely sexy but still fully appropriate. Look to designers like Narciso Rodriguez, Richard Chai and Reed Krakoff for inspiration on working those neutral sheers.