Is it Possible to Wear your Sheer Top to the Office?

Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups.

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.

Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups.

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!

Dress:Victor Costa (similar here in eyelet)~~Tunic: WHBM (similar here or here in white)~~Shoes:Payless (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Watch: (similar here)

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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)

Sheer Top for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups. Sheer Tops for women in the 50's, 60's, & 70's age groups.

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!

  • Kathleen McDermott

    I love tunics and I love sheer, floaty, delicate tops. The high-low hemlines of yours and Charlotte’s are particularly pretty, and it’s nice to see them in their entirety in these shots. Love Charlotte’s choker – she has such a beautiful neck and décolletage to showcase it. The tunic over a dress is a good idea – I will try that over my delicate “strappy” summer dresses.

    P.S. I watched you on a video today talking about 3 tops you received from a company to style on your blog. (Your was an open sweater.) Your voice is so nice! Just like I would imagine!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’ve been trying to show more side and back shots lately….because other people see us from those views too!!
      I’m so glad you got to see the video!! How’d you find it since you haven’t gotten to that post yet??

  • I love it, Jodie! I particularly love the tunic length of your sheer top. I would have such fun with a top like that!

    Thanks so much for linking up On the Edge of the Week! I hope to see you again this week.


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Shelbee—that tunic is quite unique, although it took me awhile to figure out how to style it (that’s the problem when you get stuck in a rut, huh?)

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Jodie, once again, I am trying to get caught up! I love what you have done with these sheer tops. All of these outfits would be great in a work environment…at least at a place like the bookstore where I work they would. What a great idea to throw your sheer tunic over a dress. Great look. Nancy’s would be perfect for any job working with kids or even a casual office job. I like Mom’s pants that length as well. And I like the choker. It pulls up the color of her pants near her face and the length is very chic. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really appreciate how you go back and look at my older posts Amy—so thanks!!
      Thanks for being such a supportive friend and I really appreciate the nice words!!

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I have a lot of sheer tops in my closet, I just love the idea that you can layer a contrast color if you wanted to. Love your pretty tunic.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Alice!!
      I can’t believe I don’t have more of these in my closet—it’s amazing how once you discover something—how you get addicted!!

  • Your sheer tunic top is gorgeous! I love the high/low hem and the unexpected layering over the dress!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jill!! It definitely adds an unexpected detail!

  • Anna Marcus

    Jodie, your sheer top is very beautiful, my most favourite would probably be your Smart version. Layering the skirt underneath creates such an interesting detail and its strong blue balances out by the softness of the tunic. Very nice indeed

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Anna! I am glad I went with the blue—I also have a red sheath dress that I might try it with some time!!

      • Anna Marcus

        I am sure it will work beautifully too

  • Sheer tops can be so fun! I like how you can change up the look of a sheer top depending on how you layer it. Great post 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Joti!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I really like the length of that tunic that you are wearing. I have quite a few sheer tops and love them. The colors in Charlotte’s outfit are so, so pretty. Love the colored pants, I always want to style yellow with black- but the yellow looks great with that color!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!!
      How funny because I’m usually the opposite with yellow & black. I’m always worried about looking like a bumble bee!! I’m getting over it lately though!!

  • It’d be interesting to see how your top plays out if knotted shorter, worn over a tunic and flared jeans, Jodie. As it is though, I do like the idea of how you’re showcasing it over a dress here. Really very unexpected.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Ahhhh…so interesting Sheela!
      I’ll have to try it that way too (although I don’t have any flared jeans in my closet at this moment—sounds like a shopping trip to me)
      Thanks for the idea—because I have been at odds if the length is too long for me!

      • In all honesty, flared jeans will only work if you’re wearing heels of at least 4.5″, Jodie. And preferably chunky ones, or ones with a smidge of platform because otherwise, you’ll be swallowed whole.

  • Dawn Lucy

    Jodie, love your tunic! And love Nancy’s butterfly blouse too! Thanks so much for sharing with Fun Fashion Friday and have a wonderful weekend!

    Dawn Lucy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dawn—I hope you survived your first week back at school—enjoy the weekend!!

  • Great way to wear sheer blouses and tops. I’m a fan of these looks here, and also love the Lord & Taylor style that you picked above.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much!!

  • I can’t believe this is the same top you knotted over your denim shorts in your last post! I would never think an asymmetrical tunic could be so versatile. Well done, Jodie! Your clothes are total chameleons! And I just adore how you’ve layered it over a sheath dress. It adds such a multi-dimensional, ethereal quality to your look. So chic!

    <3 Liz

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Liz—it only took me a good week to figure out I could knot it and make it shorter—I was at such a loss of how I was going to make it casual! See…another advantage of the sheer material—it’s easier to tranform!!

  • I like the top longer that the skirt. Kudos on doing your own alterations. And you know me, I ‘ll rip anything up to get the size I need.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Terri!!
      It is so convenient to be able to change things as we want, isn’t it? Granted, I’m not as advanced in the sewing world as you are, but I love being able to take in nips & tucks and make things look better!!

  • I love your tunic layered over the dress! It looked so cute knotted, but this version is almost sultry (maybe not what you were going for with an office look but still…)
    And it is nice to be able to do your own alterations! They can get expensive fast.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Lydia!! Sure, maybe I wasn’t going for sultry, but if it happens—I’m not going to complain!! 🙂
      I can’t tell you how great it is to be able to do these alterations! I can’t even say that they were expensive because mom would do them for me…it was just the idea that I had to take it over to her, etc!! (not that it was even that far)—but to be able to do it myself has been the greatest (especially now that I have the time).
      I can see how they’d be expensive….because basically I bet 50% of my things need something—so that’s an extra $20 or so for each item? (I’d just have to buy less, and we both know that’s not going to happen!)
      Happy Weekend and thanks for the kind words!

  • You all make these sheer tops looks great and so wearable in this style. I have a similar tunic length one and love adding it over a dress or pairing it with jeans.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Amy!!
      Since I really wasn’t planning to buy this top, I hadn’t even considered how to style it—it really took some thinking on my part—but I’m very happy with it!

  • I love the dressy way you styled these tops. All 3 look lovely

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Love a good high/low hemline and I love butterflies so all three of these tops are right up my alley. I particularly like yours; I think you should leave the back as it is. It looks cool hanging longer than the dress in my opinion. I contacted Firmoo, I’ll let you know when I hear back. I tried the code myself, but it wouldn’t let me…it said that it was for new customers only…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for doing that Debbie—I’ve never used them before although I’ve looked at their site a few times—I’m thinking of getting a white pair–something a little different!!
      Thanks for your opinion on the longer back length—I think the more I see it, the more I like it that way—besides it’s unique!

  • Great looks, I always enjoy a nice smart look. Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!
      I have this strange theory, that I should look respectable when going to appointments and such!!

      • Yes I feel the same, and always make a little more effort when I need to attend an appointment. Have a nice day. Gemma x

  • Great idea to wear your top in two different ways! Completely different vibe!
    I so love those sheer tops in longer lengths…I don’t have to be business-y so I pop ’em over something skinny. The longer length (esp in back) nicely covers the part of me that is NOT.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      LOL Em!! In tomorrow’s post, I actually wear this same tunic over my white jeans (although they aren’t super skinny—but I think they’re fitted enough). You’ll have to tell me if you like that way the best—I kinda think it’s my fave!
      Thanks so much for your kind words!!

  • Nicole Mölders

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course Nicole—thanks for hosting it every week!!

  • Mother Daughter

    Beautiful tunic Jodie. And all three looks are very pretty. I like sheer though I don’t have much and none that is sheer all over. Love the butterfly top and your mothers jewelry.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Victoria—I really didn’t have much sheer before this…but I’m starting to see the advantages of it!

  • PetiteOver40

    Wowsa! This is an impressive difference from your casual looks. I really love how you’ve styled your tunic here. It is impressive how different it looks from casual where you had it cinched up to smart where you let the high-low hem hang full-length!

    I don’t know why I didn’t notice this from the previous post, but that blue is beautiful on Nancy. She really wears colors in this tone well, doesn’t she?

    I’m so glad your mom has held off on lengthening those pants. With her wedge heels and the paired up top, she looks quite elegant in her smart outfit!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Sherry!!
      Maybe you noticed Nancy’s shirt more this time because it’s paired with white in this post. I really think that white can pop other colors so fabulously at times!!
      I’m even buying mom some lace up flats that will go perfectly with these ankle pants—I figure she might keep them this length with some perfect shoe pairing!!!
      XOXO for all of your support!!

  • Oh, you brought me to an idea to wear a high low hem like you do! I defenitely will color that from you! Haha, is that bad? I will mention you! 😉 Butterflies are so atractive, wether it is in jewelery or in clothing, it s charming. And your mother looks great in her high low hem blouse!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Oh, you’re so cute Nancy!! You don’t have to give me credit! I think it’s wonderful that I can give someone some inspiration!
      I get inspiration from other bloggers all the time and it’s almost impossible to remember which blogger for which inspiration!!
      Thanks for such a nice comment!!

  • Judy Gramith

    For me the sweep of a long, diaphanous tunic requires either a long skirt or a long pant (also flowy or close fitting). To my eye those proportions just work best . Your tunic is just gorgeous Jodie. I’m in love with the watercolor print and you look great in these soft colors.
    Nancy and Charlotte are lovely. I like a choker and I think your mom is really rockin hers!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the kind words Judy!!
      I went with the long pants in the next post for my tunic—I almost think I like it best that way!!

  • Sheer tops are great for warmer weather! Once you have found the perfect piece to wear underneath that is (that’s why I sometimes shy away from them)… I love the asymmetrical hemline of your tunic!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re right—I always think that a white or black cami will work under anything—but then again maybe not??

  • I really like how you layered your long tunic over the sheath dress. I am definitely going to keep this in mind. Also, I like how the longer hemline of the tunic adds extra visual interest. I really need to remember layering sheer tops like Nancy did in the last post, because I enjoy wearing completer pieces in summer, but most are too hot. For today’s look on her I would have gone with a shorter necklace within the v-line so it didn’t get lost in the look. The color combination on your mom is so fresh and pretty! I am glad chokers are coming back in style. 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re exactly right about the necklace for Nancy!! A shorter one would’ve been perfect! I always wonder why I don’t see that in person….just when after I take the pictures?

  • Great looks! I tend to pick out a lot of sheer tops and I agree it is SO important to have the right layers underneath! I work at a high school and I see some students in sheer tops baring too much who I really want to refer to this post… haha!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Right?—It’s not hard to put a tank top under the sheer piece–you have to wonder if they are looking for the attention, or are clueless?

  • dan

    In places with air conditioning on , a sheer top can be very useful and so stylish!
    Your tunic is beautiful and the long back side looks very nice! (as well as the length of your mom’s trousers )…
    A hug to the three of you!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Dan!!

  • Queen of Rods

    It’s hard to believe that you’re wearing the same sheer top as in the “casual” post. Quite a difference between “casual” and “smart.” As for chokers, your mom’s looks great on her, but I don’t have the neck for it anymore…

    • Jodie Filogomo

      My tunic does look quite different between the two posts, eh?
      As for the chokers, I hear what you’re saying! I’ve also seen the small scarves being worn around the neck—do you like that better?

      • Queen of Rods

        A scarf would cover up the worst of my neck sins, but it’s so hot where I live that I’m not looking to add any extra insulation 🙂

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I totally get it…when it’s been hot here lately, I’ve even been forgoing the necklaces!!
          Luckily, it’s cooling down lately!!