As far back as my memory will take me, I remember when see-through anything was against everything we stood for. Seeing a young girl in a sheer top was unheard of, taboo and quickly gave you the title of “fast”.

Now the look has become popular on the runways and re-entered wardrobes — including models and recording artists like Ashanti and Jessica White.

Recently, Laura Govan wore a sheer dress on the Jackie Christie runway.

While I know it’s a popular and edgy look, is it possible that the sheer trend takes sex appeal too far? What happened to the art of mystery?

And while it isn’t putting your underwear completely on display (it is sort of covered), it all just seems like an extremely loud way to get attention when you step out.

Maybe I’m being a bit prude, tell me what you think? Would you rock sheer everything? Do you think the trend is overdone?

  • http://saidahali.tumblr.com Saidah Ali

    Of course, a lot of what’s shown on the runway (or worn on the red carpet) is art. No one’s expected to wear it in real life. But the Jackie Christie dress would have been amazing with a nude leotard or slip under it. Fashion is meant to be reinterpreted. So take what you will and leave the rest.

  • Justanotheropinion

    I agree with Saidah…however, you know there is going to be many chick wearing nothing but the dress in order to get some attention…that’s the part that disappoints.

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    i JUST saw this lady at my job with a sheer top and all her bra and goodies were showing. she was with her husband and kids. i wondered why her husband didn’t say anything about her breasts being out like that.

    then this one chick i guess wanted to show off her new breast implants so she was at a GROCERY STORE with a see thru top and no bra and once again she was with her man… who most likely didn’t say anything since she was still in public looking like that.

    i guess they think it’s a good thing for other men to gawk at their wife and the mother of their children while she is out looking like a prostitute. some people take “if you got it,flaunt it” too damn far!

  • Mr. Man

    I agree with Saidah Ali, the runway is a whole different world than the street. On the runway artistic concepts are presented. The models are simply displaying the designs and the concepts the designer want to present, it has nothing to do with models wanting to be attenetion whores. When I see women in the streets wearing this stuff I only come to one conclusion and it aint positive.

  • binks

    Personally, I love the sheer trend when done right. The photo above is tacky to me, there is nothing wrong with peaks of skin when rocking sheer but when you can see everything and your undergarments clearly you did the trend wrong imo.

  • K

    in defense of the photo above i read somewhere that Jackies clothing line has a little bit of everything in that this piece is part of her Lingerie collection, i find this totally acceptable as a lingerie piece and as an earlier commenter said acceptable on the runway and IMO in the bedroom where it was meant to be worn. as far as the outside word i actually find sheer tops acceptable , sheer bottom no but a sheer top as long as a bra is worn i see nothing wrong with it

  • apple

    she looks good here! i think it would be good for something high fashion but at a basic club ..no indeeed, men too thirsty for that to be all out ..but i love the dress indeed

  • http://saidahali.tumblr.com Saidah Ali

    I love that so many people are so worried about what men think/say/etc. I’m sorry, but if my boyfriend/husband tried to tell me NOT to wear a sheer dress because he was worried about other men looking… Oh, man. I’d wear that dress EVERY DAMN DAY.

  • omfg

    not a fan of SHEER. but i don’t mind slightly sheer/opaque.

  • Anon26

    *snaps* NO man (or anyone else, for that matter) is going to tell me what to wear.

  • Rosey

    This would be cute with a bra. I’ve seen see-through tops on bigger women. I think thats not cute at all.

  • http://gabandgraffiti.wordpress.com marloweovershakespeare

    Showcasing your bra and undies (outside an occupation in the sex industry) in any way shape or form is inappropriate. Period.

  • OSHH

    I have a couple of sheer blouses, dark gray and black that I wear with the proper undergarments (dark colors that are opaque) even in the office. Like Binks said it’s all in what you have on underneath.

  • http://www.facebook.com/felicityrankinsrhode Felicity Rhode

    I love a nice sheer top. It just can’t be too see through. And the neckline has to be appropriate. Cleavage is a no no with this look.

  • Dal

    Like the other ladies, I have sheer tops as well as crochet tops, with see through areas as well. I’m not for sheer bottoms, to me that’s taking it too far. And the see through tops I do have are reserved for audience appropriate events, after five.

  • http://gravatar.com/prxtence Salmon

    On the runway its cute; in the real world… not so much.

  • Joopitr

    I would wear opaque clothing underneath like I do now. Anything other than that is too revealing, especially in a work environment.

  • http://saidahali.tumblr.com Saidah Ali

    Says who?

  • BoutDatLove

    I hate when woman wear sheer tops with nothing under it, or with a bra, it is completely trashy and tacky to me. I love dressy sheer tops with designs on them but rock them with a spaghetti top underneath. @chanela17 Wow, I agree with you, that is sad, I personally would not feel comfortable walking beside a man, let alone my husband and he at least not care enough about me or my body to want me to show myself in a non respectable manner, I personally think it says a lot about the men they are with as well.

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