I am pretty sure I have mastered the art of “the switch-up”.  A coworker once told my advisor, “I think Ayanna never wears the same thing twice.” Little did she know, this was at a time where my PhD life was all consuming and I felt like I was in constant rotation of the same few pieces. I didn’t have much time in the morning to think through outfits before taking my daughter to school and driving my 1.5 hour commute to campus, but it is easy for me to quickly mix and match pieces together – “mastered the art of the switch-up”.


This post is dedicated to styling sheer dresses. With a little creativity, there are multiple ways to style sheer dresses for those looking to explore the look with a little more modesty. Repurposing items in your wardrobe to create different looks is also a great way to keep your wardrobe fresh, without excessively shopping for new clothing. I started with this black sheer dress, purchased from Nasty Gal, and created three different looks.


The Dress
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Photo Credit: Nasty Gal

Look 1.
For the first look, I draped my dress over a pair of stretch fit skinny jeans and paired it with this colorful blazer (another great thrift find). It was perfect for my adventures through the Lower Eastside of Manhattan and a rooftop happy hour. I played up the colors and patterns in my blazer by accessorizing with bright orange sandals and my striped clutch.


Look 2.
I know we are officially into summer and no one wants to think about cooler weather, but you can also transition this dress into the evening and cooler temperatures. Options. For this look, I took an old sweater dress/tunic and layered it over the sheer dress. The combination of the two dresses transforms an old look into a trumpet-style silhouette.
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(Look 2) Photos by Kristin Fields


Look 3.
For look 3, I created a faux shirt dress by layering a crop top over the sheer dress. Underneath the dress I’m wearing high-waisted petal shorts. They are trimmed in lace, which goes perfectly with the dress.
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 Okay…so the concept behind this outfit is similar to look number one, so I just included it as a bonus. 🙂

Photos by Kristin Fields


Which look is your favorite? How do you style your sheer dress?


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