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Naked dresses have long been a staple on celeb red carpets. But one of summer’s favorite trends promises to bring them—and naked tops and naked skirts—into the mainstream. Sheer clothes have crept into your favorite retailers en masse, leaving you with a veritable plethora of translucent duds to choose from—and sport any time it’s too damn hot for real clothes. (Summer is coming, after all.)
And let’s be clear, here: When we say sheer, we mean it. Organzas and meshes abound. Though one of 2019’s other favorite trends, crochet, offers the occasional peep-shoe through loosely woven fabrics, summer’s sheer clothing trend means full visibility at all times. This is, of course, an opportunity to show off that adorable bralette you just picked up—but it’s also an easy way to dress up a low-key ensemble. Could your go-to tee-and-jeans combo use a little something extra? Toss a sheer dress over it. Want to elevate your bike shorts? Sport them under a sheer skirt.
For too long, layering has been a strictly fall/winter affair, but 2019’s sheer clothing trend offers to render it a year-round practice. Opportunities for all kinds of sartorial creativity await—start shopping them.
1. Bec + Bridge Party Sheer Ruffle Button-Front Top, $280 at Urban Outfitters
Not your average button-down—at all.
2. Sheer Organza Midi Dress, $69.99 at Urban Outfitters
We’re prepared to don this midi over bike shorts, ripped jeans and basically everything else we can think of.
3. Laura Ashley Winona Organza Button-Front Blouse, $89 at Urban Outfitters
A new kind of crop top.
4. Amy Lynn Long-Sleeve Sheer Shift Dress, $53.50 at ASOS
For the fan of organza who prefers a little opacity.
5. Sheer Organza High-Neck Top, $51 at ASOS
Not office-appropriate, but very cocktail hour-friendly.
6. Tie-Dye Mesh Tie-Front Top, $39 at Urban Outfitters
This tie-front top offers the best of three oh-so trendy movements (tie-dye, aughts-inspired looks and sheer clothes) at once.
7. Rainbow Organza Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $49.99 at Urban Outfitters
Buying this and styling it exactly like so (though we might try it over a T-shirt and jeans, too).
8. Cloud Nine Organza Midi Shirtdress, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters
Shirtdresses have long been appreciated for their breathability—this one just takes that to the next level.
9. Simonett Ezra Sheer Puff-Sleeve Crop Top, $149 at Urban Outfitters
Summer loves a statement sleeve—and we do, too.
10. Sheer Polo, $35 at Topshop
A subtler take on the sheer clothing trend.
11. Out from Under Daphne Sheer Tiered Midi Slip Dress, $79 at Urban Outfitters
All kinds of pretty—and perfect for days spent outside at the park.
12. Simonett Asunto Sheer Organza Wrap Top, $145 at Urban Outfitters
Because if you’re going to wear a wrap jacket in the summer, it better be lightweight AF.
13. Sleeve Me Out of It Sheer Top, $25 at Nasty Gal
A going-out top that won’t leave you dripping with sweat.
14. Organza Button-Front Midi Skirt, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters
The styling potential is near-endless with this one.
15. Finders Keepers Bella Sheer Ruffle Top, $115 at Urban Outfitters
A structured top with just enough translucent flair to keep things interesting.
16. Boutique Organza Oversized Top, $180 at Topshop
Perfect for layering over tops, bralettes and swimsuits, alike.
17. Out from Under Azalea Sheer Organza Slip Dress, $59 at Urban Outfitters
Fit for festival season, poolside days and basically every other summer moment imaginable.
18. Urban Renewal Remnants Organza Mock-Neck Top, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters
For the shopper who just wants an excuse to wear a layered look to the bar (or like, anyone else).
19. Lioness Barbarosa Sheer Floral Cropped Top, $69 at Urban Outfitters
Quite possibly the most adorable piece of clothing we’ve seen all year.
20. Laura Ashley Amelia Organza Midi Dress, $99 at Urban Outfitters
A little more opaque than your average organza.
21. Out from Under Jasmine Tiered Tie-Back Cami, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters
Any closet would be cuter with this ruffled cami in it.
22. Avec les Filles Organza Hooded Parka Jacket, $129 at Urban Outfitters
A parka fit for summer’s hottest days.
23. Lily Organza Bustier Crop Top, $34.99 at Urban Outfitters
A veritable statement-maker, no matter how you style it.
24. Organza Blouse with Tie, $69.90 at Zara
OK, this one’s actually office-appropriate.
25. Este Sheer Organza Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $129 at Urban Outfitters
A floral dress that feels anything but basic.
26. Basel Sheer Mesh Bodycon Mini Dress, $39.99 at Urban Outfitters
Because sheer and form-fitting are far from mutually exclusive.
27. Rita Row Venice Sheet Button-Down Top, $325 at Urban Outfitters
A button-down designed for layering—or, you know, not (#freethenip).
28. Long-Sleeve Square-Neck Top, $20 at ASOS
Smocked, puff sleeves and sheer details all in one? We can hardly contain ourselves.
29. Out from Under Rosette Puff-Sleeve Baby Top, $29.99 at Urban Outfitters
All kinds of adorable.
30. Mesh and Ready Cold-Shoulder Top, $30 at Nasty Gal
Sheer in all the right places.
31. Danielle Guizio Organza Trench, $310 at Revolve
For the shopper who can’t bear the thought of parting with their trench just yet.
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