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Valentina Dress, $169 at Rat & Boa
This wild semi-sheer dress is the extra cocktail party number we’ve been looking for. It’s clingy yet not totally fitted and you can just wear it with a basic pair of black underwear.
Sheer Stripe Maxi Dress, $367 at Farfetch
We love this funky red striped dress. It’s fresh, young and can be worn with a pair of lacy underwear.
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Geisha Asymmetrical Cocktail Dress, $334 at Nordstrom
This asymmetrical sheer dress comes with its own built-in lining, which makes it perfect for any occasion. Wear it with some old-fashioned diamond studs.
Floral Embroidered Dress, $59.99 at Amazon
Tulle always works when it comes to sheer dressing. This gown comes with a stretchable cami dress, but you can totally wear it with some color-clashing underwear.
Sheer Structured Dress, $4,945 at Farfetch
Note that you can never go wrong with Rodarte, but this lace paneled dress is a total winner when it comes to formal dressing. It has a lovely retro vibe and you can match it with some edgy jewelry.
Corded Lace Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, $1,396 at FWRD
This dress has a lot going on, but it totally works. It has a completely sheer back and a lace paneled skirt with a built-in bra.
A Line Floral Dress, $39.99 at Amazon
This glamorous mesh dress is perfect for a fancy date or maybe the theater. It’s available from sizes XS to XXL.
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Gisele Maxi Dress, $169 at Rat & Boa
This dotted maxi dress may have a basic design, but you can really amp it up with some metallic jewelry or even a sheer overlay.
Short Sleeve Sheer Mesh T Shirt Dress, $14.99 at Amazon
Tie-dye sheer dresses are not just for summer. This mesh T-shirt dress is perfect for a beach party or brunch. You can wear it with some chunky earrings or neon accents.
As much as we love Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian for bringing naked dresses back, the only time we’ve sported sheer dresses is on Instagram. We can’t exactly make the most of the naked trend at our post-work gigs or bashes — unless we’re crafty about it.
A sheer dress is a great look for a night out, but we rarely wear one without a sneaky corset or lining. And while that’s totally OK, we’d certainly like to invest in naked or semi-sheer numbers we can just throw on without any major planning and finessing. Sure, there are mesh dresses and sheer skirts that do the job just fine, but in case you want some sharp sheer dresses, these picks get props for wearability.