Sheer paisley shirt

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What Lies Beneath
Sheer is sexy, but it can be tricky to pull off. Adam Glassman, O's creative director, on how to wear it well:

For a lot of coverage, start with a solid tank that matches one of the colors in the blouse, then add a jacket or cardigan.

To be moderately revealing, try a skin-toned camisole or bodysuit that will seem to disappear under the shirt.

Go risqué with just a lacy bra (not the everyday T-shirt kind). Choose a contrasting color if you're feeling extra bold. The waistband of your pants should hit the hips, no higher.

A classic paisley peasant blouse gets an update in gossamer silk.

Sheer shirt with polka dots

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The adjustable waist on this polka-dot layered blouse makes for a perfect fit.

$275; Rebecca Taylor, Neiman Marcus; 800-365-7989
Sheer shirt with birds

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Black birds on a white background make this shirt easy to match.

$58; Line & Dot;
Sheer shirt with peacocks

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Embroidered peacocks give this mesh shirt the look of a vintage find.

Sheer shirt with butterflies

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A puff-sleeved silk top is as diaphanous as butterfly wings.

$196; Fifteen Twenty;
Sheer lime green shirt

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Electric lime looks dramatic against dark or pale skin.

$325; Bensoni, P.45, Chicago; 773-862-4523
Sheer gray button-down

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Tuck this light and dark gray button-down into jeans, trousers, or a black skirt.

$238; Chelsea Flower, Alene Too, Boca Raton, FL; 561-394-0899
Sheer floral print shirt

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The draping on this bell-sleeved poet's blouse is romantic and flattering.

Sheer white shirt

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Go minimalist with clean lines, monochromatic fabrics, and hidden buttons.

$31; Nicole by Nicole Miller;
Sheer floral shirt

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An abstract floral print in neutral tones works well under a suit.