Embracing the new sheer trend

by Sylvia

mustard alldressedup top and black sheer skirt

As I mentioned before in my article on the sheer trend for summer 2013, sheer was everywhere on the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris. So why wait and let’s just wear it straight away. And as I will show you today there is no reason women over 40 cannot indulge in this trend.

black skirt and mustard blouse

This skirt has been featured on the site before, but never really in its full glory. It’s more than 10 years old and was bought in Australia. I believe it’s perfect for the new sheer trend. It’s not so clear to see from the pictures taken outside, but the skirt is actually pretty sheer (see the below picture). There is a diagonal skirt underneath, which of course fits right in with my passion for asymmetry. The miniskirt only just covers my bum!

I think this outfit shows that even women over 40 can indulge in the sheer trend in a classy way. There are plenty of options to do this in a sophisticated way for tops too, but as you can see even skirts can participate. The skirt has a very flattering knee length, which gives it a lady-like look, while at the same time the sheer element and diagonal skirt underneath provides a bit of sexyness and extra interest.

black sheer skirt detail

Although I tried the skirt with my open toe pumps, I thought that look was too formal. These shoes make the whole look a bit more modern in my opinion. Also helped by my contemporary watch.The skirt is also super comfortable as it’s knitted and doesn’t fit tightly. It’s the perfect skirt for layering with dresses as well as I showed you earlier in my article how to wear short dress after 40.

Alldressedup mustard silk top

Regular readers will recognise both pieces as I wore the top before here and the skirt here. This is also a perfect example that you don’t always have to run for the shops to incorporate the latest trend into you outfits and that many times you can just shop your wardrobe!

Top: Alldressedup
Skirt: Paablo Nevada
Shoes: Ecco
Necklace: Frans van Berkel
Watch: Bruno Nimaber

1 Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

That is a terrific skirt for any age, Sylvia. I love the sheerness, but not too sheer. And the unexpected color of the top is so fresh and modern. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

2 Sylvia

Thanks Patti!

3 Amy

Wow, you look GORGEOUS! Love it. Great tip, too. I just might try a little sheer this winter.

4 Sylvia

Yes try it. It’s fun to play with!

5 Heather Fonseca

Love the whole look! It’s sexy, classy and trendy all at the same time. I would wear every piece.

6 Sylvia

Thanks Heather. Yes, I could totally see you in this outfit!

7 Jeannie@gracefully50

Love the elegant, easy look of this outfit! The color and the drape of the top is gorgeous!!

8 Sylvia

Thanks Jeannie!

9 Kim,USA

Wow that color is perfect on you!


10 Sylvia

Thanks Kim!

11 Greetje Kamminga

Very good outfit Sylvia, very elegant, classy and 2012/2013.
I had a look at the photos you have shown before with this skirt underneath the dotted dress. That was a winning outfit too (and black&blue).
In that picture I really liked the red shoes. But I am not sure about your conclusion that the black shoes you used in today’s outfit are the right ones. To me these black sandals are not only modern but also a bit more casual. I would have said: if you go ladylike, go all the way and use pumps. Don’t know for sure of course as I have not seen it. And the photo is the definite proof.

12 Greetje Kamminga

Oh and I can tell you that the diagonal skirt looks very sexy on you. I just would not dare this when you are way over 40.

13 Sylvia

Why not? You would have the legs to pull if off for sure!

14 Sylvia

I like the contrast Greetje. If the whole look is very classic and chic, I like to add something a bit more modern and casual. To me that makes an outfit more interesting.

15 Jean of all Trades

What a beautiful outfit! I love the color of the top and how the belt creates a peplum. The diagonal slip under the sheer skirt is cute! On-trend and shopping your own closet! Love it.

16 Sylvia

Yes, I forgot to mention that. Another trend incorporated in this look and easily achieved with items already in my closet!

17 Tangobabe

Very nice look, Sylvia, also the shoes. Your hair looks great and you look pretty!

18 Sylvia

Thanks Anja!

19 Buckle Button Zip

Great way to wear sheer for those of us who don’t want to be over-exposed. Pretty top on you too!
x Laura

20 Jan Graham-McMillen

Thanks for this … while reading your post, it occurs to me that the current transparent trend is not so much about peek-a-boo, but about lightness and the next logical response to layering as a concept. Enjoyed your take on things.

21 Suzanne

I love everything about this look from head to toe. 🙂 It is so “you”. Which is why I enjoy this Blog so much! You dress for “real life”. You keep it affordable and appropriate but still have great style. Humans are visual and we all make snap judgements based on how things look and that includes other humans. Dressing to suit our bodies, our personalities, and the occasion does make a difference. I like to “people watch” and there are a few Street Fashion Blogs I read (Bill Cunningham is a must!) and looking at designer runways and fashion stars like editors and models is inspirational, but how many of us are ever going to (or even want to) spend $10,000 on our outfits? You show us how to use the latest trends and colors to update our looks in a very doable and real way. I appreciate you and all of the hard work you do for us.

22 Melanie

I agree with everyone – you look fantastic in this sheer look. Your asymmetrical skirt for layering is perfect for adding edge. I like the breezy look.

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