Ask Avery: Sheer delight
blog by Avery Hartmans • September 20, 2013 @ 8:30am
What are your thoughts on wearing a bandeau? I have a sheer top and always want to wear it out but it’s too revealing to wear with just a bra underneath. Should I wear a bandeau or is there a better solution?
I hate bandeaus. There, I said it. Not only do they look cheap and trendy, they look like a cop-out, like maybe you could have been more creative when you got dressed, but you’re lazy so you just put on a bandeau.
The thing about wearing a bandeau is that you look like you tried to have some class, as if wearing a piece of elastic over your bra makes up for the fact that everyone can see the entirety of your torso. It doesn’t, by the way. I can still see your belly button.
So you have a few options here. A) admit that you want everyone to be able to see through your shirt and not bother with the bandeau, B) find a more creative solution to the problem and don’t just follow the pack, or C) stop wearing such see-through tops. Either way, say goodbye to the bandeau.
Option No. 1
Most girls own at least one sheer chiffon button-down top at this point and we all struggle with what to wear underneath. But instead of pairing it with jeans and a black bandeau and calling it a night, opt for something a step above the traditional elasticized cotton tube top.
An off-white lacy bralet is simultaneously sexier and classier, because it hides your strapless bra but is much less visible through your shirt. If people do catch a glimpse, all they’ll see is a little lace, which is never a bad thing. Pair this with black leather leggings and suede pointy-toe booties in my new favorite color, then top it all off with a silk scarf for a little extra coverage.
Option No. 2
If you own a sheer chiffon top, you definitely own a basic black tank dress that you’ve — hopefully — stopped wearing out every weekend with just a pair of heels and a total lack of dignity. Instead of letting it hang in your closet unworn and unloved, slip it on underneath your top for some bulk-free layering: it’ll keep you covered and turn your top into a slip dress.
Toughen up the look with metal-plated cut-out ankle booties and an animal print clutch to keep things monochromatic. But the whole outfit doesn’t have to be basic black and white: add some texture with an oversized mixed-metals necklace. Your look will be so unexpectedly chic, all the girls will ditch their bandeaus in a heartbeat.
Option No. 3
I understand you’re a lady, so I’m not trying to force you to wear nothing underneath you’re totally sheer top. But sometimes a little flash of a bra can be a good thing, so long as its done in moderation.
Button your blouse all the way to top button, tuck it into a high-waisted circle skirt, throw a cropped blazer on top and voila: you look like a total lady, but there’s still some intrigue if people catch of a glimpse of your bra underneath. Just be sure you keep it simple in either white, nude or black — seeing a fuchsia bra through a white shirt is never a classy look. Top this look off with nude pointy-toe flats, then add a striped wristwatch to keep things cute and playful. And the best part? No bandeaus in sight.
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