Is it Possible to Wear your Sheer Top to the Office?
Quote of the day: “Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome” – Samuel Johnson
This category of blog posts is usually the easiest for me. I customarily throw a jacket or cardigan over our shirt and voila—we look business appropriate. However, I though I’d make this “smart” version a little different, since we’re showcasing the sheerness of the tops. That and the fact that it’s been quite hot in our part of the country; I thought it’d be worth showing other choices.
A sheer top could be a wonderful piece of clothing if you are still working in an office. It provides coverage, yet is still cooler than a blazer or sweater. However, depending on which parts of the clothing are sheer; you could need a layering item under it (or you could gather a ton of attention without the extra layer–ha ha). We wore these exact same sheer tops for a more casual setting earlier.
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: Here’s a better view of the differing hem lengths on my tunic. I wasn’t sure if I liked that the back portion is longer than my dress, but, for now, I’ll keep it this length. I feel like this tunic could look nice over almost any colored sheath dress. My first thought was to put it over my black dress, but I decided to go for more color.
Since there is the print on the front of the tunic, I decided to leave off any kind of necklace. I did end up having to shorten the sleeves on this tunic. I was just telling my husband how freeing it has been to be able to do my own alterations. Thanks to my mom who gave me her old sewing machine, and the patience to teach me how to use it!
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: I had Nancy button her sheer top for this look. Since the entire blouse is sheer, we left the same yellow tank underneath it. Now this may or may not pass inspection depending on your work environment. Since Nancy was a first grade teacher, this could be perfect for those back to school days when it’s still warm outside.
I figured cropped pants and the block heels made the outfit smart, but really this could be easily interchanged with the casual post depending on your perspective. Even though I left off a necklace for my outfit, I decided to see how it would look on Nancy’s blouse. You certainly don’t notice it from afar, so is it even worth wearing?
Pants: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: Zanzea from NewChic (similar here in its print, but here in the shape)~~Shoes: Payless (similar here with a wood heel)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: Even though my mother wanted to lengthen these pants when we first bought them (see the ankle blog posts here, here & here), I’m so glad she hasn’t done it yet! I think they look very modern & chic.
Her sheer top is very different in the front vs. the back. It’s a wrap in the front, and has a longer hem line in the back. That’s one way to make a statement both coming and going!!
The necklace is a souvenir from her Panama Canal cruise last year. I’ve been seeing choker necklaces quite a bit on the celebrities—anyone else like the look?
Pants: Talbots-thrifted (here)~~Top: Charming Charlies (similar here in a floral)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here under $10)~~Watch: Charming Charlies(similar here)
Even though you may not think of a sheer top as appropriate for the workplace, I think we’ve shown that with some smart choices, it can be done!
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Here’s some great sheer tops in the form of tunics…just think, they’d also be perfect cover ups!