Sheer Elegance: Your Guide to What to Wear Under a Sheer Dress

5 min readMay 24, 2024


Cher did it first at the 1974 Met Gala. Madonna next for Jean Paul Gaultier in 1992. Kate Moss iconized it in 1993, kickstarting a craze that would inspire Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa today.

The it being the sheer dress.

Barely-there in material but all-there in allure, charm, and daring beauty, it’s really a wonder to behold. If we’re being honest, sheer dresses have a hold on us all. That said, mastering the art of what to wear underneath can be a challenge. Not willing to see a sheer dress go unworn in the name of a wardrobe debacle, we’ve curated a guide to help you navigate the transparent terrain with grace and glamour.

The Foundation: Seamless Silhouettes Starting from the very top, let’s talk foundation. The key to dining a sheer dress with confidence lies in selecting the right undergarments. Opt for seamless silhouettes in nude or skin-tone shades to create a flawless base that enhances rather than detracts from your ensemble. It’s all about feline lines and vixen slinkiness.

Sheer Genius: The Power of Nude Undergarments

Once you’ve got the seams down (literally) it’s time to move onto tone and shade. Here, nude undergarments are your best friend. Match your underwear to your skin tone and create a subtle yet supportive foundation for your sheer masterpiece.

Coordinated Undergarments

Embrace the transparent dress trend with confidence by opting for matching undergarments. Keep it classy by choosing opaque pieces, steering clear of overly revealing options unless you’re channeling Kendall Jenner at the Met Gala. Consider a sleek bodysuit as an alternative to a matching underwear set for a more subdued look.

Biker Shorts Styling

If you’re not feeling underwear, biker shorts are a wonderful alternative. Whether your dress is a short or long transparent design, consider pairing it with stretch cotton or biker shorts. Opt for shorts that closely hug the body, either in a matching color to the dress or in a contrasting shade for added visual interest.

Stockings for Sure

Going beyond biker shorts and looking quite a bit more Vogue, we bring to you the option of stockings. Be it thigh highs or pantyhose, if you’re looking to channel some serious avant-garde vibes while adding a touch of vintage flair, you absolutely must try pairing your sheer dress with some fabulous stockings. This combo is quite powerful, especially when the textures of both garments could clash or complement dramatically — it’s couture heaven either way. It’s like stepping out of a chic fashion editorial, where modern meets retro in the most delicious way. Plus, it gives that peek-a-boo allure without being too revealing. Trust me, you’ll be turning heads and setting trends all night long!

Strategic Coverage: Camisoles and Slip Dresses

Seeking a little more than underwear? Now worries, you can enjoy coverage without sacrificing style, sultriness or anything inbetween. Consider layering a camisole or slip dress underneath your sheer ensemble. It’s often best to go for styles in complementary hues or delicate lace fabrics to add an extra layer of intrigue to your look while maintaining a modest silhouette. If a slip dress or camisole isn’t available, layering with a tank dress or one with sleeves can achieve a similar effect.

Embrace Embellishments: Lace and Sheer Details

Turn sheer dress styling into an art form by using lace and sheer details as your paintbrushes and you sheer dress as your canvas. Use Peek-a-boo lace bras and panties as the final romantic. If none of that is calling to you, you might be happy to hear that sheer bodysuits offer both coverage and couture-inspired charm — an irresistible mix.

Play with Textures: Tulle and Mesh Accents

Sometimes, what a silky sheer dress ensemble needs is a little texture. It doesn’t defeat the velvety, “like flowing water” purpose. Instead, it functions a s a captivating contrast. Thing along the lines of tulle or mesh accents. Experiment with layering tulle skirts or mesh bodysuits underneath your sheer dress for an ethereal effect that is sure to turn heads.

So, there you have it…

Your ultimate guide to mastering the art of wearing a sheer dress with finesse and flair. From seamless silhouettes to strategic coverage with camisoles and slip dresses, we’ve got it all covered at VienneMilano. Whether you’re opting for nude undergarments for a seamless look or embracing embellishments like lace and sheer details, there’s a style solution for every sheer dress dilemma.

But remember, it’s really all about confidence and comfort. So, whether you’re channeling Cher’s iconic Met Gala moment or adding your own modern twist like Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa, embrace the transparent trend with grace and glamour. With these tips and tricks up your sleeve, you can without a doubt rock any sheer dress with confidence and style.

Originally published at on May 24, 2024.




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