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Can You Wear Sheer Tops During the Winter?

by Candice Mancini, studioD

Sheer tops have crowded catwalks and Hollywood events throughout 2013, flaunting peekaboo looks only models and starlets can get away with. Contrary to these fully exposed looks, sheer tops work great as layering pieces and can be worn as part of casual, professional or formal attire. With layers, there is no need to tuck away these gems for the winter.

A Touch of Elegance

For a look that is feminine and elegant, layer a gauzy long-sleeve scoop-neck shirt over a camisole, pair it with a knee-length flouncy skirt and slip on a pair of ballet flats. To keep warm, layer with a cardigan that ties at the waist. To intensify the color of the sheer top, wear a cami in the same color; for more contrast, choose different colors that compliment one another, such as a sea-green cami with a brown sheer top.

Casual Chic

A sheer shirt in a beautiful print, such as paisley, can spiff up a casual look. Layer with a camisole in nude or in a color that is found in the sheer top's pattern. Pairing this with skinny jeans and knee-high boots, you can create a truly stylish look appropriate for day or night. To beat the chill, add a tailored jacket or a slim cardigan.

Spice Up the Traditional

For a fun look, wear a sheer button-down blouse over a sleeveless dress, keeping the blouse unbuttoned and knotted at the waist. Wear it with tights and Mary Janes to enhance the outfit's cute factor. A sheer button-down blouse can also energize professional wear. Layer the top over a camisole in the same color, tuck it into a pencil skirt or tailored pants and finish with a blazer.

Go for It

If you have the figure and the guts for it, do as the stars do, and wear a sexy sheer top over a bra with jeans or a little skirt. The bra should be made for exposure – no basic T-shirt bras. For a more conservative spin on the adventurous look, wear a bra in the same color as the shirt, such as in black. To really go for it, choose a bold-colored bra, such as red or purple. Add a jacket or shawl to protect you from the cold and for moments that shyness overtakes you.

About the Author

Candice Mancini has always loved matching people with career paths. After earning her master's degree in education from the University at Albany, she spent a decade teaching and writing before becoming a full-time writer. Mancini has published articles and books on education, careers, social issues, the environment and more.

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