If I had to name one thing that almost all of my outfits have in common, it would be layering. I have something like ten cardigans, fifteen year-round camisoles (v-neck, lacy, silky, striped…) and if I have to wear only one thing on the upper half of my body, at any time of year, I feel a little uncomfortable.
To me, layers make suggestions: about our body’s natural shape, about my underlying mood. They add a little bit of mystery, you know?
No layering tactic does that more than sheer.
Sheer tops are the new cardigan, and I want them all: printed, plain, draped, structured, buttoned, plunging.
I always had trouble with button-up collared tops; they’re just not tailored for my bust-to-hip ratio. Sheer button-up tops, on the other hand, are perfect. Who cares if the size that fits my bust is too big in the waist? Let it drape, baby.
The Limited Sheer Peasant Top: $49.90
Now is the time for transition tops. Poofy three-quarter sleeves ward off the windchill, and the colors work for both late summer and autumn. It would also look nice under a jacket, worn in winter. TRIPLE LAYER. (Please cue an ominous roll of thunder here.)
This top harkens back to Lindsay’s summer inspiration post. Macy’s site suggests styling this top with a camisole, but I say it would look best over a form-fitting solid-color maxi dress…or a matching maxi skirt and tank.
Graphics have their time and place, and I like the way these catch my eye without overwhelming the sheer texture of the top. That second one would be perfect with a cardigan…triple layer part two! (Cue more thunder.)