How to style sheer fabrics this season

The only three formulas you need

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Elevating a simple outfit in seconds, sheer fabrics are the perfect way to add a minimalistic sophistication to your wardrobe this season. Making a triumphant return this Spring/Summer 2024, the sheer fashion trend has made itself present in all its iterations. From skirts, dresses, and tops to socks, you truly can't escape it.

And why would we when this Y2K staple is being endorsed by the likes of Prada, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, 16 Arlington, and more. From extra-sheer to opaque sheens, take a styling tip or two from the runway.

From Givenchy's fully sheer looks featuring extra-sheer skirts, with matching ankle socks layered under a soft duster coat, to Alberta Ferretti's super wearable sheer frilly top with soft striped trousers, it's pure sheer galore.

There's no denying that this super romantic and elegant texture is cause for a major look. However, we do understand there could be cause for concern in terms of wearability when you're not sure how to incorporate it into all of your occasionwear moments. Luckily, we have outlined the top three style formulas to practically incorporate sheer clothing into your wardrobe, that won't leave you feeling exposed.

Sheer Skirt and Socks

Despite bringing the drama, a sheer skirt is probably the most daring way to wear sheer fabrics this season as it requires more thought of what to wear underneath. Take some inspiration from Givenchy's Spring/Summer 2024 runway show and pair a sheer skirt over a big pants or shorts, and layer with a fluid coat for some extra edge (and coverage, if preferred).

If, like me, you're a bit sheer obsessed, feel free to pair it with a matching sheer top and socks. But if you're just dipping your toes into the trend, why not style it with a sleek white vest, opaque tights for some extra modesty, and comfort. This is most definitely a great look for occasions - whether its date night or drinks with your friends.

Givenchy model wearing sheer trend

Givenchy Spring/Summer 2024.

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Sheer Dress and Tights

Again with a sheer dress and tights, the drama is in the details. If you're looking to incorporate the sheer trend into your occasionwear wardrobe, consider opting for a sheer dress paired with tonal tights and strappy heels.

Take inspiration straight from the runway with this number from Acne Studios. Pairing a royal blue gown with matching tights and shoes instantly elevates an existing dress you already have in your wardrobe and works both day or night or for a spring, or autumn wedding. The high neckline and longsleeves act as the perfect contrast to the sheer fabric and thigh split.

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Acne Studios Spring/Summer 2024.

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Sheer Top and Trousers

A slightly more conservative option, yet no less effective way of styling the sheer trend, is with a sheer top, a sheer over shirt and a pair of wide leg trousers. For some sophisticated drama, a sheer skirt can be easily worn with a light camisole or a silky triangle bra underneath.

Take styling cues from Alberta Ferretti's Spring/Summer 2024 collection and pair matching shades of white with sky blue and ecru for a spring day out. Add silver flats and a simple suede bag to complete the look.

Alberta Ferreti sheer trend

Alberta Ferreti Spring/Summer 2024.

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Sofia Piza
Fashion Writer

Sofia Piza is the Fashion Writer at Marie Claire UK. 

Sofia Piza is a Fashion Writer with experience working across runway trends, shopping picks, creative production, and celebrity fashion news. Born in Mexico and raised in five countries, Sofia decided to settle in London after spending four years at the London College of Fashion, studying Fashion Journalism. When she's not sourcing inspiration from social media, you will most certainly find Sofia anywhere from a local vintage market to busy central London streets people watching - the possibilities are endless.