As you wrap up in as many layers as possible and eagerly sip piping-hot cups of tea, the phrase ‘sheer clothing’ will likely send shivers down your spine. Yes, it is the season of wool and cashmere. But hear me out, because this particular trend deserves your attention no matter how low the temperature.
Sheer skirts have been trending since early 2023, but we’ve seen them reach new heights in the lead-up to party season. So much so that, dare I say it, the trend has even replaced jeans as the festive season outfit staple. The peek-a-boo style lends itself to elevated everyday looks—worn with sneakers and a longline knit, for example—and daring nighttime ensembles which leave lacy underpinnings on display. While many fashion insiders seem to revel in the revealing novelty of this trend, there are plenty of more modest styling options for those who prefer to be covered up (not least for thermic reasons).
And as winter is synonymous with layering, this is exactly the kind of fresh trend we’re craving to keep our outfits interesting. Among the countless sheer skirt looks we’ve spied recently, our favourites have seen the popular item layered over opaque black tights, red tights (another major trend), mini skirts and yes, even jeans. And there’s always the option to pick a subtly-sheer iteration, or one featuring a see-through panel that hints at the look without fully committing. My top tip? Add cosy layers like cardigans, blazers and wool jumpers up top to help balance out the bottom half.
Gather some inspiration for sporting this trend below, then check out our pick of the best sheer skirts on offer now.
The juxtaposition between the oversized, ‘masculine’ blazer and the sexy sheer skirt is masterful.
Prada’s sheer-panel skirts were spotted all over Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.
Smart on the top, party on the bottom. Sticking to neutrals is an easy way to make this trend feel wearable.
Similarly, a white tee will quickly dress down even your most skin-revealing skirts.
I love the use of pastels to give this look a springtime feel. Save this one for March 2024.
It’s still winter, so a long coat is essential—and it will offer some protection from the elements when stepping out in a sheer skirt.
Proof you don’t need to show skin to look sexy.
This whole look is so elegant—and so expensive-looking. Bravo, Zara.
With a matching top to complete the look, this is destined for your basket.
A little less sheer, but no less sultry.
Prada’s panelled mesh skirts kicked this trend into high gear back at the beginning of 2023. We’re still so into them, but they’re hard to get your hands on these days…
The drama! This one truly has the wow-factor.
Wear with knee-high boots now, heeled sandals later.
This would look so good with a fluffy mohair knit.
This beauty comes in 10 (yes, 10!) different colours.
We’re in peak party season, so don’t waste time adding this to your repertoire.
Fulfil your childhood dreams of being a princess in this spectacular skirt.
An affordable way in to the trend.
You could also layer this over a miniskirt if you’re unsure about your underwear peeking through.
A super sexy style.
Just add a simple black top and slingbacks and let the skirt do the talking.