Big Girl in a Skinny World: Sheer Clothing Picks

Ashley gives plus-size women advice on how to pull off the sheer fashion trend.

Hello Ladies,

Everywhere you turn lately, you can't seem to avoid catching a glimpse of unexpected skin or underthing! Nearly every celeb, socialite, and editor has been photographed in a fashionably skin- or lingerie-bearing number. While I won't be exposing my bra or rocking a sheer shirt anytime soon, I am loving this subtly sexy style—when done right, it's anything but skanky. My solution to wearing this trend in a plus-size friendly manner: Find pieces that have sheer elements or touches of lace. No need to bare it all. But if you do find a totally sheer top that works, simply layer it with a tank under. You'll achieve the same effect in a more modest way.

I've shopped around for this boudoir-inspired look and came up with a few options that work for a curvy girl. One of my favorite iterations: New York and Company's Sheer Lace Tank. It comes in black, taupe, and gray and is perfect for layering with a tank and pairing with a skirt, skinny jeans, trousers, or a blazer. Another great option is Faith 21's Mesh back tunic. This lightweight tunic has a mesh-exposed upper back and shoulder. It has just enough edge and sex appeal without being overtly sheer. Zac Posen's new collection for Target has a trendy cardigan complete with sheer sleeves. This is the perfect layering option for day or night.

Do you have any trends you want to wear, but don't know how? Let me know. I'll be happy to find a way!