Sheer looks from Gucci grace the runway during the label's Fall 2011 collection presentation in Milan.
We're sure you've spotted the gorgeous sheer skirts and tops gliding down the runways at Gucci or Michael Kors and thought, "Interesting, but I could never wear that, as I'm not a fan of showing my underthings to the public." We share the same sentiment and wouldn't be caught dead with our knickers on display, but since we love the trend - especially the peek-a-boo pieces by Dallas label Nha Khanh - we've put together a style guide to help you rock the see-through look in style.
To shop the look: Try Cusp by Neiman Marcus for sheer tops, like Alice + Olivia's sheer striped button front version. Head to Barney's to snag ultra-cool, sheer sweater dresses by Helmut Lang, and hit BCBG to shop our favorite see-through pieces such as the "Le Village" color-block chiffon tunic.
What to wear underneath your stylishly sheer items: We recommend basic tanks, slips, tap-shorts, and body-hugging underpinnings like those from Spanx. If you plan to exuberantly collect sheer pieces for Fall layering, buy a selection of each undergarment including barely-there tanks in black and nude, as well as basic slips or figure-enhancing versions in dark and light options. If you're on a budget, shop for slips at any vintage store; they all boast a good selection.
Finding fabulous underpinnings: We love the soft and versatile collaborative collection Abi & John from Abi Ferrin and John Piermarini, available at new boutique, Piermarini, in Dallas. Trousseau on Oak Lawn carries a great collection of high-end options and tap-shorts, and, of course, a wide assortment of basic slips and tanks are always available via Victoria's Secret, Gap, and department stores like Dillard's and Nordstrom.
Accessorizing your sheer pieces: We love to keep the sweetly sexy sheer look a bit edgy with bold accessories like aggressive, platform heels and studded clutches. And when Dallas' interminable Summer is over, layer your sheer items with cardigans, blazers, and jeans for a chic, eclectic style.