Sheer fabric, sometimes referred to as see-through clothing, is fabric which is made using thin thread and/or low density knit, and which results in a semi-transparent and flimsy cloth. Some fabrics become transparent when wet. Sheer clothing is often made with lace, mesh or sheer material that allows the wearer’s body or undergarments to be seen through the fabric. Other see-through materials include chiffon, georgette and fine-denier knits used in tights and stockings, dancewear and lingerie.
Sheer garments that look incredible when worn consist of pants, shirts, dresses and gowns!
The sheerness of a fabric is expressed as a numerical denier which ranges from 3 (extremely rare, very thin, barely visible) to 15 (standard sheer for stockings) up to 30 (semi opaque) until 100 (opaque). The materials which can be translucent include gossamer, silk, rayon and nylon. Sheer fabric comes in a wide variety of colors, with white and shades of white, such as cream, eggshell, winter white and ivory being very popular. Black is another great color for sheer clothing. In some cases, the sheer fabric is embellished with embroidered patterns or designs. Sheer beauty!
Wearing sheer clothing for the sheer pleasure of it!
Sheer fabric is extremely popular in evening gowns. As sheer clothing tends to look sultry, elegant and fashionable, dressy clothing is the perfect item to show off the beauty and bold look of sheer fabrics.
Sheer Fabric Fun Fact: Sheer fabrics wear well in warmer months, although they work all year round. Sheer fabrics look spectacular covering undergarments, providing a provocative yet conservative style at the same time. Throughout the 19th century women’s dresses, particularly for summer or evening wear, often featured transparent fabrics. However, these were almost always lined or worn over opaque undergarments, or underdresses, so that the wearer’s modesty was preserved.
Wrapping your diva self in sheer clothing brings sheer delight!
A fashionable garment in the early 20th century was the “peekaboo waist”, a blouse made from sheer fabric. See-through and transparent clothing became very fashionable in the latter part of the 1960s. The see-through look was presented by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and in London, Ossie Clark presented sheer chiffon dresses intended to be worn without underwear. This trend led to jewelry designers creating “body jewelry” to be worn with sheer blouses and low-cut dresses.
Sheer clothing offsets a woman’s physique and beauty when worn with either long or short tresses!
Famous Portraits Showing Women in Sheer Clothing:
- Marie Antoinette
- Point de Convention
- Portrait of Lady Elizabeth Levesen Gower
- Portrait of Elena Cherikova Stroganova
- Portrait of Two Sisters
- The Gallery of H.M.S. Calcutta
- Portrait of Sonja Knips
Create your own fashion portrait of sheer sensual style when you dress in sheer fabrics…bring on that smile!
See-through materials of various kinds continue to be available for a wide range of clothing styles. Sheer fabrics have been featured on high-fashion runways since 2006. This use of see-through fabrics as a common element in designer clothing resulted in the “sheer fashion trend” that has been predominant in fashion circles since 2008.
Sheer fabrics, due to their sultry, soft, elegant appeal and allure work well as material to use in true haute couture!
Sheer Fabric: High end clothing, for sure!
Sheer Clothing Fun Fact: A see-through dress worn by Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, to a charity fashion show in 2002 was sold at auction on March 17, 2011 for $127,500.
“I cannot pass up this chance to tell you of my sheer delight in viewing your sheer clothing.”
“My see-through garments look fantastic whether I’m off to a party or merely strolling.”
“You do wear them well, presenting dainty undergarments and a little bit of skin.”
“In order to pull this look off you should be 100 percent comfortable in the skin you’re in.”
“You do move like a fashionista…sensual, confident with much sass and style.”
“I walk with the grace and charm of a diva…whether I move one step or one mile.”
Sheer Clothing: For the sheer royal pleasure of it!
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