Summer Sheer: What’s Underneath Makes The Difference

by Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman

Sheer Summer is here.  The hot, humid weather has arrived and wearing sheer clothes helps keep us cool.  But - it only looks good if we know how to work it with the proper laying piece. is a site that delivers relevant appealing content to women who are interested in reinventing themselves. In this article, they wrote they provide us with a complete picture guide on how to wear sheer. Here's what we have to do. 

Generally a blouse will hit from about 4 inches below the waist to mid hip. Tunics can go from 27 inches to 30 or even longer. To minimize hips look for a style that stops around the top of the hips or covers them completely. Anything that stops mid-hip is likely to accentuate because it creates a horizontal line at the widest part of the body.

If you’re petite, (5’2” or under) a tunic should measure 25 to 27 inches at the center back neck. If it’s too long, it will swallow you up and look dowdy. The taller you are, the more length you can get away with. In fact, if you’re tall, a tunic looks best when it hits below the hips; otherwise it can look like the equivalent of wearing pants or sleeves that are too short.

Wear these garments out. Tucking them in inhibits their free-flowing simplicity. The more sheer the fabric the more volume it needs to look right. Wearing them a little loose adds to summer comfort anyway.

sheer Tunic, how to wear sheer tops, fashion  over 40

1. Chiffon Peasant Tunic, HSN, $30.   2. Sheer Blouse, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Plus Size,  Macy’s $129.  3. Starfish Chain Belt, Boston Proper, $78.  4.  Tassel Tie Belt,, $105.   5. Monaco Tunic, Soft Surroundings, $90.  6. Linen Gauze Blouse, Eileen Fisher, Garnet Hill, $178.

Blouses and tunics can both be belted, even if you’re not rail thin. When belted, the garment should still hit no higher than mid hip and you’ll want to avoid heavy, dark leather belts on light airy fabrics. If you’re petite and trim, a thin tie belt with tassels, or a chain belt would work well. If you’re a bigger or taller gal, have a tummy, or want to create the illusion of a waist, go for a wider belt and push it lower on the hip to form a V in the center front. This is a little trick  learned from staging fashion shows using real women as models: that little V is magic!

Belts should always be worn on the loose side. The very LAST thing you want to do, no matter what size you are, is to pull a belt tight around your waist. It’s supremely uncomfortable and looks odd. NOTE: PeeWee Herman uses this trick to look uptight and awkward.

Animal sheers, how to wear sheer tops, fashion over 401. Cheetah Print Tunic Dress, $35. Chico’s.   2.  D & G Tiger Print Kaftan, $445, Net-a-porter.  3. Oscar de la Renta Print Blouse,$472. Bergdorf Goodman.

Of course, all depends on what’s underneath! You don’t want to play peek-a-boo, the object is to cover up without covering it all. For that, you need the right layering piece and it’s usually a camisole or tank top that doesn’t look like an afterthought or underwear. White looks best under white or a print with lots of white ground. For some reason, wearing colors under sheer white usually ends up looking cheesy. With bold colors or black, you can be more creative and go with a contrast color.

tanks & camis, how to wear sheer tops, fashion over 40Steer clear of nylon as much as you can when it’s hot. This includes most shapewear, As much as we love it’s magical holding power, shapewear can feel like a tourniquet on hot summer days.

1.Talbots summer weight cotton tank,$24.50 (misses), $29.50 (plus).  2. The Yummie Tummie Tank ‘is soft cotton with a spandex tummy control panel, $62 to $68.       3.J. Jill Pima Cotton Camis and Tanks, $22 (regular sizes) to $28 (plus size).   4. Natural Leather Woven Belt, Chico’s, $69.  5. Jockey Cotton Tank in multiple colors, $12 at Macy’ and Macy’s stores.  6. O Ring Chain Leather Belt,Talbots, $69.

Thanks for these great tips and suggestions Flashionista.



The Real Cougar Woman is a 5-carat diamond who knows the importance of taking care of her health, beauty, relationships, finances and spirituality.  Linda Franklin says,"there is no stopping a woman who has a strong belief system, passion and a dream. All things are possible". Linda's book, Don't Ever Call Me Ma'am helps women of all ages tap into their power and live life to the fullest.

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