Quick, what do you imagine when think of sheer? While it is a descriptor for the texture of pantyhose and a telltale sign of the seductiveness of lingerie, there are definitely other uses for it. A sheer panel here, a mesh top there…all are stylish ways to integrate the look into your life. It need not necessarily be revealing. While you could show off some skin, you could also use the sheer look as a way to experiment with layering—just think of how a garment can change based on what you wear underneath, whether in the name of modesty or experimentation. Our favorite sheer pieces are both a study of in-your-face invisibility and clever placement. Whether you're looking to show a ton of skin or just air out a bit, sheer pieces have your back. Click through for our current favorites.
This shirt is like, the definition of uber-trendy, but we are really feeling those embroidered symbols.
$52 at Topshop.
This shirt is completely sheer, which seems a bit extreme, until you remember this opens up a whole new world of cool layering possibilities.
$56.29 at ASOS.
Mullet skirts may be reaching their saturation point, but we still really like this partially sheer skirt, mostly because of that great galaxy print.
$42.99 at ModCloth.
This lovely Kenzo top has a really nice sheen to it and the peplum accent is done really well. Oh, did we mention it's on super-sale? Because it is...
$256 at Opening Ceremony.
Adding interest to sheer pieces elevates a piece in our eyes, so we really like this awesome striped button-down. You can even change the look of the stripes as you swap different layering pieces underneath.
$355 at Shopbop.
Demure But Cool
All the other sheer pieces just a bit too much for you? Try this entry-level sheer detail dress.
$110 at Topshop.
Or go all the way with this great floor-skimming, long-sleeved maxi dress, because it's totally sheer.
$246.26 at ASOS.
Or even, go almost all the way with this cool Alexander Wang dress. Being a little daring has never looked so effortless.
$550 at Opening Ceremony.
Just a Bit
Just having one sheer panel could make a dress seem demure, but the chest-bearing placement of this one is anything but.
$82.50 at Shopbop.
Killer Collab Socks
These cool Rachel Comey/Hansel From Basel socks are so quirky, and they'd add a ton of interest to any outfit. We can see them fitting nicely with a short tea dress and Converse sneakers.
$39 at Koshka.