Monday, December 10, 2012

Let’s Discuss……..Sheer

When sheer is well-executed, it is visually compelling. It’s so interesting to watch how the body moves inside the clothes as opposed to how the body looks jutting out of the clothes. It’s almost like a window through which the wearer allows you to view something typically hidden; its erotic appeal is undeniable.


In this photo I love the long, sloping curve of her torso. It creates a graceful line that carries the eye through the image.


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  1. Bohemian Style

    December 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The belt detail is a nice touch.

    • The 3 F's

      December 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      I totally agree, the little details are what make an outfit. But I’ll say, I doubt most people are looking at her belt ;)

  2. Elisa

    December 10, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I adore sheer, especially when it is artfully placed within a garment, it can create very interesting optical illusions, as well as, as you said, highlighting the most poetic and elegant parts of the human body.

    Elisa – Wandering Minds fashion

  3. Simbarashe

    December 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Completely agree. Great copy and discription.

  4. Marina -

    December 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Where can I buy this?

  5. Evgenia

    December 10, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Gorgeous outfit. Very nice transparent blouse and color.

  6. Louise

    December 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    ‘its almost like a window through which the wearer allows you to view something typically hidden’.. ‘ the long, sloping curve of her torso’

    I just love the way you phrase an image so accurately.

  7. Liz

    December 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    love her top!! that’s how you were sheer without looking like a tramp!

    • Tonia

      December 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Exactly. She looks so sexy and elegant in that blouse – the belt detail is sublime too. Sheer clothing can make some people look like they are trying too hard to be sexy. She is wearing the sheer blouse with ease and elegance.

      • Amaia

        December 11, 2012 at 6:22 am

        Totally agree, she rocks it.


    December 10, 2012 at 9:09 am

    interesting shirt :)

  9. Nico

    December 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Yeah you’re right, erotic, sensual and extremely feminine!

  10. andreea

    December 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

    she pulls it off just fine! :)

  11. Noemi

    December 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I agree with you, if it’s well executed it can be great, sexy and chic.

  12. Rachelle

    December 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

    I love how it is sheer yet still tasteful.

  13. Blogandthecities

    December 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

    If you’re skinny and young I said yes but CLASSY PLEASE!

  14. Rhoda Wong

    December 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

    i think she paired it perfectly where it is sexy but still very put together and super chic

  15. Aga's suitcase

    December 10, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I have a similar one, and I love it. Great picture

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  16. Cecilia

    December 10, 2012 at 9:33 am

    She can wear it very well, but it’s not for everybody! You also have to feel good and natural inside.

  17. Nomadic D

    December 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

    It is true that that sloping line of her torso beneath the sheer blouse is so beautiful, I absolutely love it on her. However I think most ladies do not have a convex abdominal area, which would make it less enticing for sure.

  18. adior

    December 10, 2012 at 9:36 am


  19. Ruthie

    December 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Your first sentence is everything “When sheer is well-executed, it is visually compelling.” :) When done right it’s like a piece of art, the movement and motion of it.

  20. Lelli Family

    December 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Agree Scott, we like this outfit we like this soft blouse

    Lelli, italian fashion family

  21. Suzanne Nelson

    December 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Well yeah, but I think what this picture’s really saying is the nineties are back. Fortunately the young lady is strikingly beautiful and this style looks fantastic on her. Put it on a different shaped body and we’d all be running for cover….

  22. Opposite Lipstick

    December 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

  23. Susana

    December 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Although I don’t love this particular look, I definitely agree with you regarding the allure of sheer. I particularly like the contrast of mixing sheer with either feminine sweetness or masculine lines (like she did here) to balance the sexiness of the transparency. It’s a great way of being sexy in an interesting way.


  24. alina

    December 10, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I agree, sheer looks amazing…somewhat futuristic.
    But you really have to know how to wear it. Well, I don’t.

  25. Ivy

    December 10, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Your description now let me see sheer in a different light.

  26. Michelle Lee

    December 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

    looks very chic

  27. Sevan

    December 10, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I’m awestruck by this photo. I admire the confident ease of this young woman who found a way to balance erotic with innocence.
    Well done !


    December 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

    love her outfit!!!! it’s so beautiful!!!

  29. Cakes and Manolos

    December 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    This sheer is elegant, erotic and elegant. The oversize pant suit was a perfect choice, good that she just left it on her shoulders.

  30. [email protected]

    December 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I’m all for sheer…but modesty too. Who wants to be the subject of lust, really, at the end of the day? It’s not worth it, in my mind. A little mystery is better and frankly, it leads to more respect. (And on that note, I think I’ll return to my knitting.)

    • ladyofletters

      December 10, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      HEE HAAA

  31. the italiano

    December 10, 2012 at 10:05 am

    So cute!

  32. Vignette

    December 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

    The girl is beautiful and I bet you men wouldn’t mind if women would just dress like this all day. But I have to say, leave it on the runway or in a night club. A classy -and not to forget-career woman is not going to parade around without a bra in a sheer shirt… It’s just a no-go in my opinion

  33. TC Wellelsey

    December 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Would that businesses and governments that pledged policies of “full transparency” were this successful!

  34. Iliyana

    December 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    i just love this shot! her body looks amazing!

  35. Margherita

    December 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Sheer can be great, you just need to be able to pull it off!

  36. Caroline

    December 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I love it! But in everyday’s life it’s not that convenient, lol I wouldn’t take the Parisian subway wearing this xD

  37. Andraegonzalo

    December 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    . . . and yet , isn’t it not just the “long, sloping curve of the torso” that makes this image compelling, but rather the fact that if the garment weren’t transparent, it would hide the elegant slope of her body? Because the blouse is made of chiffon, we’re allowed an intimacy that is generally not permitted, unless the weather is warm.

    One could make the case that human beings started wearing clothes to obscure the truth of what the body was doing underneath all of those textiles. Today, when fashion employs sheer fabrics, it’s a bit of nostalgia for a more vulnerable time in human evolution, when , just a fig leaf or two would have sufficed. I love being reminded to question which fruit actually should be forbidden.

    • Alyssa | The Sartorialist

      December 10, 2012 at 10:28 am

      I love that you said that. I often think of clothing as protection – from the elements but also as a visual layer that both expresses “you” if you choose, and also acts as a front to hide or protect the real you. It depends on your intentions, and it’s up to the viewer to either trust you or not. With sheer, that’s taken away a bit, and the wearer is literally and figuratively more transparent.

      • Daniel Pendleton

        December 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

        Since clothing usually has the dual function of protection and expression, but with sheer the clothes are entirely there for expression and thus there is a far more socially interesting interaction between the clothing, the body and the viewer. Clothing usually serves to obscure and change the body, but sheer adds another more immediate aspect of clothing, which is the shape and movement of the body beneath the clothing. Normally, the body is represented through the shape, cut, color, texture, but sheer problematizes the act of viewing by reminding us of the socially charged nature of the body. Through the potentially uncomfortable navigation of looking at a body through sheer fabric, a space that is not clearly governed by social norms of viewing, we are made more aware of ourself as interested viewers looking at the normally covered body of another. It’s a very interesting experience and interaction!

  38. Pär

    December 10, 2012 at 10:21 am

    The greatest line in this image is the fringe and how it accentuates her eyes. The confident look on her face is the sexiest part of the image.

  39. Anthony

    December 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I hadn’t thought about following the line although that is true. Nevertheless the pockets look clumsy and it’s jolly unlikely that they could be used either.

  40. Soulofashopper

    December 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

    wonderful! she looks so great with that sheer blouse! xo, Alma

  41. Carola

    December 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

  42. Kate

    December 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I’m all up for sheer.


  43. Darrell

    December 10, 2012 at 10:48 am

    All women are works of art.
    We apologize in advance for looking so closely in admiration.
    It can’t be helped.

  44. teresa

    December 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

  45. NYSgonzalez

    December 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

    you’re a good writer and should consider writing more.

  46. Amar

    December 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

    It s simply beautiful & surreal.

  47. Susie

    December 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    This is sheer done perfectly – which is so difficult to accomplish!

    Sea and Swank

  48. ljongbum

    December 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

    IT’S confusing to me.

  49. Trendy Bags

    December 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I think its hot.

  50. Marián

    December 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

  51. mMore

    December 10, 2012 at 11:21 am

    well we can discuss also:
    fur and belts,
    leggings and skirts,
    socks and heels,
    men in skirts…
    when is done properly is divine, graceful
    the way people carry , hold and deliver a good image/ gesture always it will be
    compelling… some people knows how to do and some ( sorry)

  52. Denisa

    December 10, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Very nice pics. Have a great day.

  53. Al

    December 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Mr Schuman,
    Your take on sheer is interesting. But I have a pressing question for you: What is your take on leather pants for men?
    We never see them (I have never seen them) appear on your blog.
    Do you approve or disapprove that piece of clothing?? Would you, do you wear leather pants??
    I am really curious to hear your answer!
    Many thanks.

  54. Leila

    December 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Perfect poise, that’s what makes this look. Gorgeous.

  55. Nini Piccola

    December 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

    This looks very similar to the famous transparent blouse Yves Saint Laurent created in the 60s.

  56. Rhonda

    December 10, 2012 at 11:58 am

    You always show slim and young women. It’s different when you talk about men’s style. Could you just once show us a big ,beautiful and welldressed woman, please? It would be so cool!

  57. Style begins at forty

    December 10, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    The girl is beautiful but sheer is difficult to use!

  58. Desiree

    December 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Nice top there! it’s not too much. :)

  59. Miss Kutsu

    December 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Amazing photo! You say it so well, the curve of her torso is perfect on this image!

  60. Freya - Fashionable People

    December 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Such a subtle but daring look, gorgeous.

  61. Kerrie

    December 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This look is sheer genius!

  62. LIZPR

    December 10, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Great text, Scott! I love that – sheer is like a window …. cool.

    I think it’s sexy especially when everything else is tailored and covered up – sheer top with leggings or pants, jacket, etc. And if you’re slim and young, like this woman.

    There are exceptions to every rule, of course, and I could imagine a hard-bodied cougar rocking this look, too.

    I love her belt origami! :)

  63. fashionhillz

    December 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Although I like sheer clothes, usually with a slip or cami underneath, I always wondered how one has to walk act in a sheer blouse like the one above. Wrong move or bend and you are all exposed, is it worth that much stress and attention?! On the other hand if you are up for that “struggle of the day”….in my opinion it looks vulgar

  64. Eva

    December 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Amazing photo and love the sheer top on her but I don’t think I would ever have the gts to wear in that way myself! xx

  65. Adina N.

    December 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I love sheer! And this ensemble looks amazing!

  66. lydia

    December 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    She looks lovely and classy, but the sheerness wouldn’t work on a woman who was fuller-figured. Imagine the same look on a woman with a curvy (not necessarily plus-sized, just curvy) body. Everybody would be complaining about how vulgar and cheap she looked. It seems like these sexier pieces and looks can only be worn by thin women without people being totally scandalized.

  67. Dean Corno

    December 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I love how you thought to consider the way the body moves underneath clothing. I wear sheer clothing sometimes but never really thought that much about that aspect of it. I especially love how the woman in the picture managed to use the pockets on her shirt to maintain a bit of modesty. It’s very interesting.

  68. Olivia

    December 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I love sheer, I think sheer shirts look wonderful with black lacy bras


  69. Kait

    December 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    I love sheer pieces and I hardly feel I could add anything on to what you said to do the greatness of sheer fabrics justice. Obviously it depends on the piece and the person, but if you choose correctly, sheer will always look classy and never trashy.

  70. Jennifer

    December 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I love sheer blouses :)

    xo Jennifer

  71. Daisy Nguyen

    December 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    LOVE IT and TOTALLY agree with you. Especially since she’s so tall, it flows so beautifully on her!

    -Daisy Nguyen from the PS BANANAS! fashion blog:

  72. Marta

    December 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    She’s brave. I wouldn’t have the confidence to put such blouse on.

  73. Wendy

    December 10, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    the empress has (almost) no clothes!

  74. monkeyshines

    December 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    gorgeous capture!


  75. CarolineJ

    December 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    it’s amazing to see how she can put up something like that so simply, and by that I mean it’s just so classy and well, perfect !

  76. MaricruzLA

    December 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    The movement of the body with light and sheer clothes it’s amazing

  77. L

    December 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    It’s a truly lovely and artistic look, but sadly not quite practical. I imagine it makes dealing with everything, from professional interactions to catcalling jackasses, and even the simple logistics of physically moving about, that much more complicated. Good for her for expressing something lovely, and too bad for all us that the barriers to artistry are so often prohibitive.

  78. Jules

    December 10, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I like the style !!!

  79. Nic from Thriving Wives

    December 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I would agree with your statement about the body, except you are only talking about women who look like this I’m sure. Sadly, a curvier woman would be told to cover up if she were wearing this.

    Strive to Thrive,

  80. Maggie

    December 10, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    As a busty young feminist who loves sheer tops and skirts, I disagree completely with the comments about needing a particular body shape or needing to be a certain age to pull this look off. Confidence is the only thing you need. The fashion industry is so focused on having the “right” body for the “right” clothes and dressing for your body. I say wear what you want, when you want and how you want. I’ll just be over here rockin’ my sheer blouse, wavin’ my body-love flag.

    • Chey

      December 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I’m so glad you said this! I am also busty but I love a good sheer top. I wear a camisole bra under mine for going out or a tank top if I’m wearing one to work. I think it’s more about fit than having the right body.

  81. Jackie

    December 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    The sheer gives this androgynous outfit major sex appeal. It reminds me of a window (You can look but you can’t touch).

  82. Dina

    December 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Any know where this sheer top was from ?

  83. Van Corsa

    December 11, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Sheer blouses have a delicate, sensuous quality that when worn in a casual-elegant way can be really sexy.

  84. Isabel

    December 11, 2012 at 2:43 am

    It looks good on her, but if she had a more feminine body, it wouldn’t look as elegant in my opinion…

  85. Pampelmusea

    December 11, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I love thrown over jackets! Looks so chic!

  86. cecille

    December 11, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Beautiful description!

  87. Michael

    December 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

    What’s not to like here?

  88. Marina

    December 11, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    I find it’s difficult sometimes to wear sheer, but I really love it when it’s a combination with elegance.
    I see in Spain many people wearing sheer in a inappropiated way that makes it unpleasant. However, she is gorgerous with it and I think I’ve never been a sexier (but at the same time elegant) look before.
    A dream look.

  89. Nick M

    December 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Wow. Phew. Blimey

  90. Love cake

    December 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    How would it look on a fat tummy?

  91. KGH

    December 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Sartorial enthusiast:

    Curvy girls can wear sheer fabrics. When done properly they are just as sexy on them as the girl in the photo. How to do it: wear a nice fitting bra underneath that does not expose the chest, have the top be a v-neck so that you get a small peep of torso skin, pair with tight pants and preferably flats. You’ll look chic and casual. I can say I see this look everyday from dozens of curvy girls in Bogota, Colombia, and they sport it well.

  92. KGH

    December 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Sartorial enthusiast:

    Curvy girls can wear sheer fabrics. When done properly they are just as sexy on them as the girl in the photo. How to do it: wear a nice fitting bra underneath that does not expose the chest, have the top be a v-neck so that you get a small peep of torso skin, but make sure it’s a loose top. Pair with tight pants and preferably flats. You’ll look chic and casual. I can say I see this look everyday from dozens of curvy girls in Bogota, Colombia, and they sport it well.

  93. Meadowlark

    December 12, 2012 at 12:54 am

    It’s sexy as hell. On her, anyway.

  94. Bria

    December 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I love this look. However, It’s sad how hideous her cell phone case is, in contrast. It kinda throws off the entire look.
    She needs a chicer case.

  95. Joyce

    December 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I love how masculine it is with the big cargo pockets. Sheer is usually too fragile looking for me.

  96. titi

    December 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Not sexy, sexy is when you are left wondering what could be under, at least that’s the classy way.

  97. Name*

    December 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Really sexy, and surprisingly classy, too.

  98. ameriscot

    December 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I think it is a disaster, even for this young, very pretty girl. Sheer can indeed be sexy, but the placement of the pockets scream, ‘Look at her boobs!’ rather than ‘Look at the woman!’ Furthermore, her posture and position of her arm with her phone in front of her (which, I would guess is perpetually there) communicates that she isn’t as comfortable in the garment as we might like to think.

  99. Blaise

    December 17, 2012 at 12:40 am

    It;s beautiful but this will really make me feel self-conscious (if I do wear it). Perhaps place the sheer in a different way? It’s hard to explain on text, I which I could draw it here! ;)

  100. JB, NZ

    December 18, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Obviously a very elegant handling of sheer. Just slightly irritated by the strange continuation of shirt line to trouser fly. Starts to look like some sort of onesie. Or perhaps I should just stop being a pedant.

  101. akive

    January 17, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I like the blouse but it would definitely look better if she was standing straight. I suspect that it’s because she is not wearing a bra and the blouse is so thin. In my opinion, a good posture is essential, and you shouldn’t wear clothes that make you squirm.

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