by Shaylie Foley January 14, 2018 7 min read

Sheer Lingerie and See Through Lingerie

Sheer lingerie is an umbrella term that refers to any lingerie made from see-through or semi-opaque materials. These lingerie pieces are designed to add an extra dimension of provocativeness to your negligee look by showing off more of your skin and putting more of your figure on display.

The only uniting factor among all sheer lingerie pieces is that their material is transparent in at least some areas. Any style of lingerie can be sheer depending on its material. Most solid lingerie is made from silk or satin fabrics. Sheer lingerie pieces often include chiffon, nylon, mesh, or lace materials that give them their translucent finish. You can easily find sheer versions of babydoll lingerie, teddies lingerie, bra and panty sets, nightgowns, and many other classic lingerie styles.

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Who Should Wear Sheer Lingerie?

Many women are hesitant to wear sheer lingerie because they worry that these see-through pieces are too scandalous or provocative or that they won’t flatter their body type. The truth is that sheer lingerie is not designed for women of a particular body type, shape, or demeanor. There are many plus size intimates options for sheer lingerie. It is made to fit and flatter women no matter what their body looks like or what their lingerie style preferences are.

Despite the images that come to mind for many women when they think about sheer lingerie, not all transparent lingerie is extraordinarily skimpy and provocative. Sheer lingerie can be daring and bold, sexy and scandalous, or delicate and feminine; it all depends on the style of the piece you choose and how you decide to wear it. You can pick out the style that makes you feel the most comfortable and confident.

However, sheer lingerie does put more of your figure on display than opaque lingerie pieces, wearing it comfortably does require a certain level of body confidence. You shouldn’t avoid sheer lingerie entirely just because you’re feeling slightly under-confident about it. In fact, stepping somewhat outside of your comfort zone by wearing a piece of sheer lingerie can help you become more comfortable with your body and feel more confident about choosing to show off your figure.

How to Wear Your Sheer Lingerie Pieces

1. Prioritize Your Comfort

Choosing a style that makes you feel comfortable and boosts your confidence is essential no matter what type of lingerie you’re buying. However, this is especially imperative when it comes to sheer lingerie pieces that are more nerve-wracking for many women to wear with confidence because of the minimal coverage they provide.

Wearing sheer lingerie that draws attention to every part of your body and puts your entire figure on display requires most women to step outside of their comfort zone. The good thing about sheer lingerie is that is available in basically any style. It’s a good idea to choose sheer lingerie pieces in styles that you are familiar with wearing and that makes you feel the most confident. If you usually wear nightgowns in the bedroom, keep your eyes out for a sheer babydoll. If sexy bras are more your thing, pick out a beautiful sheer bra and panty set. Wearing sheer versions of your favorite opaque lingerie pieces helps you transition into the realm of transparent lingerie while keeping your comfort and confidence high.

2. Wear Something Underneath

Sheer material is no longer something you see only when you’re shopping in a lingerie store. In recent years, other sheer clothing pieces like crop tops and bodysuits have gained popularity and become significant fashion trends for everyday wear. Of course, women who wear sheer tops on an everyday basis as a part of their regular wardrobe wear something underneath their sheer pieces to make them appropriate in a public setting.

When it comes to sheer lingerie, there is no need to wear anything underneath your lingerie to avoid putting too much of your body on display. There are apparently no hard and fast rules about what is or isn’t appropriate when it comes to wearing negligee in the privacy of your bedroom for only you and your partner to enjoy. However, that doesn’t mean that supplementing your sheer lingerie pieces with something underneath is a no-no or decreases the sexiness of your look. Again, there are no rules or regulations when it comes to lingerie. It is most vital for you to feel comfortable and confident in the lingerie that you wear.

Some women worry that wearing something underneath their sheer lingerie defeats the purpose of the sheer piece entirely. They just avoid wearing transparent lingerie if they don’t feel comfortable wearing them alone. This all-or-nothing mentality is a misconception. Wearing opaque pieces underneath your sheer lingerie can increase the sexiness of your look. The sheer lingerie creates a tantalizing feminine and alluring finish while the solid piece you choose to wear underneath keeps something hidden for your partner to discover.

You have many different choices for the pieces you choose to wear underneath your sheer lingerie depending on your preferences and what sheer lingerie style you’re wearing. If you want a sheer lingerie like a babydoll or nightgown that fits more loosely, you can wear a solid bra and panty set underneath it. Nipple pasties are an excellent choice for wearing under form-fitting sheer pieces like bras, teddies, or bodysuits. They discretely add a bit of coverage without disrupting the sexy finish of your sheer lingerie.

3. Make a Subtle Start

Wearing sheer lingerie does not mean that you have to immediately rock a fitted transparent bodysuit. Instead, you can start off more subtly to ease into the style in a way that fits your comfort level. You can find many sheer lingerie pieces that are not entirely transparent. Many hot babydolls, sexy teddies, bras, and other lingerie styles include alternating panels of opaque silk or satin material and sheer lace, mesh, or nylon. Not only do this semi- sheer pieces provide you with more coverage than fully transparent lingerie, they are also designed to draw more attention to and accentuate the sexiest areas of your body.

Another subtle alternative to wearing semi-sheer lingerie pieces is to mix and match sheer and opaque pieces in one look. Wearing sheer and non-sheer lingerie together in one look gives you the opportunity to show off some areas of your body and conceal others at the same time. Try pairing a sheer lace bra with opaque thong panties that have a coordinating lace overlay. Or, wear an opaque babydoll with a sheer lingerie bra and panty set underneath to give you the coverage you need until you’re ready to bare more skin.

4. Pay Attention to Details

When you’re searching for sheer lingerie to buy, pay attention to the details of the pieces you consider. The detailing of sheer pieces might seem fairly inconsequential, but it can actually make quite a significant difference in the look and feel of your lingerie.

One of the main points of lingerie, in general, is to show off your figure while enhancing it to create a look that is even sexier than just taking off all your clothes from the start. If it has a design that is overly simple, sheer lingerie doesn’t do much to enhance your look and can be boring for both you and your partner. Embellishments like embroidery, buttons, bows and other adornments add interest to sheer lingerie pieces and draw attention to the most alluring areas of your body. Keep your lingerie looks interesting by choosing your sheer lingerie pieces based on its detailing as well as its style and fit.

Not all sheer lingerie is completely transparent. Many sheer lingerie pieces are made from embroidered nylon or lace materials that include a floral design or other pattern within the material. These patterned materials still let your skin peek through to create a sexy finish but they help conceal and distract from any imperfections in your figure that you are worried about putting on display.

5. Maintain Support

The comfort of lingerie isn’t always determined only by how well a piece fits your figure. Support and security in lingerie are necessary considerations for many women, especially those with larger busts. Many large-breasted women worry that flimsy sheer lingerie won’t be able to support their bust and keep them feeling comfortable and secure.

Just because sheer lingerie doesn’t isn’t made from solid fabric doesn’t necessarily mean it can’t comfortably and effectively support large breasts. If you’re hesitant to buy sheer lingerie bras for support reasons, look for sheer bras that include wide or adjustable straps and underwire to keep your breasts secure. You can also find a sheer push up bras if you want your lingerie to lift and support your bust.

6. Satisfy Your Style Preferences

Sheer lingerie doesn’t have to be more scandalous than opaque lingerie just because it shows off more of your skin. Whether you feel sexiest in daring, provocative lingerie or would rather wear more delicate, feminine pieces, you can find sheer lingerie that fully satisfies your style preferences.

If you want to look provocative and seductive in your sheer lingerie, stick with pieces in bolder colors like black and red that are impossible to ignore. You can’t go wrong with red and black lace lingerie pieces. Try pairing sexy see-through panties in a skimpy crotchless or g-string style with a sheer lingerie corset for a scandalous finish.

To create a sheer lingerie look that is less daring and more delicate and feminine, choose a sheer lace babydoll or lingerie romper with a loose, flowing fit. Or, try a pink and white lingerie set that includes a sheer lace bra and panty. In general, pink, white, and royal blue are ideal color choices for cute, delicate sheer lingerie pieces.

7. Keep it Casual

If you’re a woman who likes to play it low-key with your looks in the bedroom and prefers to avoid dramatic lingerie, you might be hesitant to wear sheer lingerie. Many women assume that sheer lingerie always creates bold, over-the-top looks. However, while sheer lingerie definitely makes a statement, you can still create simple, more casual looks that incorporate transparent pieces.

Create a look that is simultaneously casual and seductive by pairing a solid loungewear T-shirt with see-through undies. Stay braless on top or add a see-through lace bra underneath to give a sexy lingerie set a more casual vibe. Or, look for see-through bralettes that are casual enough for everyday wear but have a sexy, transparent finish. Wear one of these bralettes underneath a babydoll or nightgown or pair it with simple sheer thong panties.

Shaylie Foley
Shaylie Foley

Shaylie Foley is an author and a fashion expert at HauteFlair. She writes to inspire and educate readers on women's fashion and lifestyle topics. With over 6 years of writing experience, Shaylie brings a vast amount of knowledge, style, and skill to her work

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