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.
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.