Did you by any chance catch social media buzz about Susan Sarandon’s outfit at the recent SAG Awards? (If not, check it out here.) I did not care for the look: a white suit with no blouse underneath – just a bra.

Don’t get me wrong…

Bra exposure, shmra exposure – it doesn’t ruffle my feathers in the least. What offended was that plain black, ordinary B-O-R-I-N-G bra! With all the exposure received, it could have at least been couture. It did inspire me, however, to put together an alternative take on the peekaboo-lingerie look. And I came up with this sheer top outfit.

Peekaboo bra

I will admit that my lingerie is not much more ornamental than Susan Sarandon’s at the SAG Awards – just a little lace around the cups. But thanks to this silky, lacy blouse with artful opaque patches, lingerie decor is a non-issue.

It does matter, however, that the bra is strapless, for those times when I want the blouse to fall down my shoulders a bit.

Black bra with sheer black toptop

The skirt is made of a filmy sheer black fabric over a semi-sheer shiny nude lining to give it a beautiful luster. I opt for an additional nude half-slip underneath, since it is winter.

Tastefully sexy

And then of course, high heels add even more sex appeal, along with lengthening my legs. These lovelies by Michael Kors have a platform, making them extremely comfortable for walking. The strap below the ankle also keeps me from stepping out of them – my feet seriously shrink in winter!

For a little extra warmth (not modesty!) I add a short black blazer in a shimmery fabric. And I am set to go out – to a cocktail party, dinner with my husband, art opening, or music performance/concert.

Outfit with a sheer top

And to top it off: voila! a long black wool coat!

Sheer bra look

It’s hard to go wrong with a sheer black silk top over black lingerie – it can be sexy and in good taste. I suggest that while putting together this combination, special attention is paid to bra shape – for the sheerest of tops, the more interesting and unusual, the better. It might be a little extra challenging to use a flimsy or all-lace bra, but it might also be rewarding – especially on a red carpet. Just watch out for peekaboo nipple, unless that’s what you’re going for!

If you live in a colder climate, a few recommended modifications are a heavier and/or longer skirt (leather and suede are nice!) preferably with a slit and for the feet, above-the-knee, high-heeled boots.

I might not care for Susan Sarandon’s look from the SAG Awards, but I applaud her for taking a huge risk. And thanks to her, I was inspired to put together this outfit. Hope you enjoyed!

Sheer top outfit

XO, Janea

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4 Comments on How to Wear a Sheer Top

  1. Melissa from Hey,Girlfriend.Net
    February 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm (1 year ago)

    I think your bra and top are beautiful! Your flat tummy makes this doable! Sometimes, a top like that looks great in the mirror, but a photograph will reveal flaws!

    • Janea
      February 5, 2016 at 5:14 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks for your astute comment, Melissa! This top might not be for every shape, but at the bottom of the post, you will some other styles (for those who want to shop the look) which might be flattering on more women. PS-A high-waisted skirt can also do wonders! ????

  2. Gemma
    February 12, 2016 at 8:02 am (1 year ago)

    You look great Janea, Loves this when I seen it on IG too 🙂 Have a lovely weekend. Gemma x

    • Janea
      February 12, 2016 at 12:42 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Gemma. I’m pleased that you like it! ????


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