The Sheer Skirt Trend Is the Wearable Way to Master Naked Dressing

It’s easier to style than you’d think.

graphic of the sheer skirt trend on spring summer 2024 runways
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Being transparent isn't for the faint of heart. In an emotional sense, it's tough to bear it all and expose yourself. When it comes to personal style, it's somewhat of the same—only instead of honest declarations and secrets revealed, see-through fabrics provide a literal glimpse at the real you.

But with 2024's sheer skirt trend, transparency doesn't have to be a nerve-wracking challenge that zaps all your courage. Think of it more like an endeavor in strategic styling and one that has actually been a part of the fashion zeitgeist for centuries.

Kate Moss's slinky slip in 1993 spawned an early naked dress movement, the effects of which are still visible today— like Miley Cyrus’ Grammys chain dress, Rihanna wearing a mere 230,000 Swarovski crystals and nothing else to the 2014 CFDA Awards and the inspiration list goes on.

Rewinding the fashion clock back even further, French women popularized the semi-transparent robe en chemise at the turn of the nineteenth century. Marie Antoinette, ever the incendiary figure, caused quite the stir with her gossamer gowns.

Kate Moss in a sheer naked dress at the Elite Model Agency party.

Kate Moss in fashion's most imitable sultry, see-through dress.

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But this year's sheer trend differs from those of the '90s by focusing specifically on skirts (rather than dresses or tops) and making room for nuance, which isn't always the case with bare-it-all trends. There's room for interpretation and personal preference as seen on the runways.

Prada's Spring 2024 collection proposes "an absolute freedom of the body expressed in lightweight dresses in floaty fabrics," according to the show notes. What fabric there was included extraordinarily crafted chiffons also in airy pencil skirts and versions with crystallized swirls. Meanwhile, Givenchy's spring doubled as a celebration of the same chiffon fabrics, featuring translucent skirts in hand-painted floral prints and wrap-around sarong silhouettes, while London-based designer Erdem coupled peek-a-boo lace bottoms with colorful leather jackets.

Prada Spring/Summer 2024 sheer skirt look

Sultry sheers, playful fringe, and a gorpcore jacket? Only Mrs. Prada can make such randomized styling feel so intentional and sharp.

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As you can see, there is no styling rubric to abide by with a see-through skirt. "They’re almost like a blank canvas: there are endless ways to style a [see-through skirt], especially if you opt for something simpler," the celebrity styling duo Danielle O'Connell and Alix Gropper tell Marie Claire. This is a summer trend that encourages imagination.

Unsurprisingly, the A-list street style set has already mastered the liberated look. When there's a sultry-meets-sophisticated trend percolating, the one and only Bad Gal RiRi is obviously involved: Rihanna endorsed the sheer skirt trend earlier this spring in a gauzy black skirt from Dior's Spring 2003 archive, paired with a leather blazer and her signature unbothered attitude.

Rihanna wearing a sheer skirt and black blazer

Rihanna in a vintage Dior sheer skirt, black leather blazer, sheer tights, and pointed-toe heels on May 17.

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Dakota Johnson's see-through outfit, still warm from Gucci's Cruise 2025 runway show, displayed her canary yellow undergarments with no apologies, while Katie Holmes's lace skirt used an ornate floral pattern to make her sheer set look, well, less see-through.

Katie Holmes walks in Manhattan wearing a sheer black lace set by Chanel and sandal heels

Styled by Brie Welch, Katie Holmes's sheer lace skirt set by Chanel was girlish yet sophistiated—a balance not always easily achieved.

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But for the non-A-list crew, who perhaps don’t have the gumption to bare it all in a diaphanous designer skirt, the stylists have a tip to make the trend more wearable. "Something important to keep in mind when styling a sheer skirt is what you're putting underneath; the undergarments can be a seamless extension of the skirt and blend right in," O’Connell and Gropper say, shouting out Commando's Classic Control Thong as a go-to.

However, if you are feeling as daring as Johnson and want your cheeky briefs peeking out from below, go for it. Treat summer 2024 as the season to experiment.

Dakota Johnson in a see through skirt and see through shirt in New York City

Dakota Johnson in a full look from Gucci's Cruise 2025 collection, featuring a mustard-colored sheer skirt, a see-through long-sleeve top, visible yellow undergarments, and slingback heels.

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To open your mind to a new way of naked dressing, find an assortment of sheer skirt outfits below and tips from O’Connell and Gropper on styling one of your own. Keep scrolling for a few suggestions on stepping out as your whole self, ranging from the full frontal to the subtly see-through.

Diaphanous Drama

Chriselle Lim seen wearing a grey jacket, sheer skirt, blue bag, heels outside Fendi during Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall Winter 2022 2023 : Day Four on July 07, 2022 in Paris, France

Fashion influencer Chriselle Lim wears a head-to-toe Fendi look during Paris Fashion Week, consisting of a taupe sheer skirt, grey jacket, and periwinkle bag.

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Lightweight gauzy skirts were made popular in the Spring 2024 collections by Peter Do, Prada, Dior, Altuzarra, and Ermanno Scervino, to name a few, and as a front-running street style trend. O’Connell and Gropper view see-through skirts made from fine fabrics like chiffon and organza as a welcome breath of fresh air. "It’s exciting to have a new variation of bottoms trending and to have an option outside of just jeans and trousers," they say, recommending you style one with a chunky turtleneck or a basic button-down shirt and your best loafers.

See-Through Prints

A woman wearing a white lace sheer skirt during Fall Winter 2024, Ready to Wear fashion week

This Fashion Week guest wore an openwork lace skirt with a matching peasant blouse, a cute summer outfit worth replicating yourself.

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If a fully transparent style is a bit too bold for you, a printed skirt made of lace or a breezy cotton anglaise provides more coverage. As for styling a printed see-through skirt, O’Connell and Gropper encourage a clash of grunge and girlish aesthetics: "We’d put an edgier spin on it to give a feminine-meets-masculine feel, starting with an oversized vintage tee and leather jacket, then paired with scrunched socks, and a pair of sneakers."

Bare It All—But Better

Woman wears black embellished sheer skirt, black, top, heels, and black leather jacket in the street

A crystal-embellished sheer skirt offers a double-whammy statement, as demonstrated here.

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Double down on the translucent skirt's main character energy by adding some sparkle into the mix. O'Connell and Gropper admit they're partial to sequined skirts, shouting out Miu Miu's Crystal Low Waist Tube Skirt as "the epitome of 'cool girl'" styling.

Whether you get your hands on Miu Miu's or not, the styling duo advises pairing a high-shine skirt with more casual separates. "To give the skirt another life, we would also style it with a simple white tank top (pro tip: boys XL Hanes tanks!) and a black oversized blazer," says O'Connell.

Protective Panels

A woman at New York Fashion Week wearing a black mini skirt over a gray sheer skirt and blue tank top

Not everyone is ready to wear a thin piece of fabric and nothing else—and that's okay! Strategically layered sheer skirts make for a more modest version.

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For those intrigued by transparency but perhaps not yet at the stage of a full nude illusion, a pre-layered option is a less risky choice. Sandy Liang offers a silhouette with a built-in mini on top, whereas Vince strategically layers one underneath an airy pencil skirt.

A pre-layered skirt does most of the outfit's heavy lifting, so O’Connell and Gropper advise you to keep the rest of your look relatively simple. A heel and a cropped cardigan or a boot and leather jacket are all they say you need.

Meet the Fashion Experts

Alix Gropper
Alix Gropper

Alix Gropper is part of the celebrity styling duo, Danielle and Alix, based in NYC and LA. They specialize in styling red carpet and special events, street style looks, editorial shoots, and brand campaigns. Their clients include Lindsey Lohan, Ellie Thumann, Paige Desorbo and Maria Zhang.

Danielle O’Connell
Danielle O’Connell

Danielle O’Connell is part of the celebrity styling duo, Danielle and Alix, based in NYC and LA. They specialize in styling red carpet and special events, street style looks, editorial shoots, and brand campaigns. Their clients include Lindsey Lohan, Ellie Thumann, Paige Desorbo and Maria Zhang.

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma is the fashion features editor at Marie Claire, where she writes deep-dive trend reports, zeitgeisty fashion featurettes on what style tastemakers are wearing, long-form profiles on emerging designers and the names to know, and human interest vignette-style round-ups. Previously, she was Marie Claire's style editor, where she wrote shopping e-commerce guides and seasonal trend reports, assisted with the market for fashion photo shoots, and assigned and edited fashion celebrity news.

Emma also wrote for The Zoe Report, Editorialist, Elite Daily, Bustle, and Mission Magazine. She studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University Lincoln Center and launched her own magazine, Childs Play Magazine, in 2015 as a creative pastime. When she's not waxing poetic about niche fashion topics, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage, reading literary fiction on her Kindle, and baking banana bread in her tiny NYC kitchen.