16 Sheer Outfits That Won't Shock Your Boss at the Office

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There's an unspoken rule about wearing sheer clothes to the office — you don't. That's not going to stop fashion girls (aka us) from taking on the challenge, however. We see it as an opportunity to test out our best styling hacks and tricks. All you need is a bit of creativity!

After analyzing various street style outfits and giving the naked dress a spin IRL, we found 16 easy ways to pull off the sheer look at work. Ahead, the different yet wearable outfits will give your 9-to-5 looks a stylish upgrade. Whether you work in a creative environment or in a corporate setting, you'll want to incorporate some sheer pieces into your weekly wardrobe. We even provided shopping selections to get you started.

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Stick to Sheer Sleeves
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Stick to Sheer Sleeves

It's an easy and subtle way to rock the trend without showing too much.

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Pay Attention to Details
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Pay Attention to Details

A ruffled design on the front of your sheer shirt can actually provide decent coverage because it fills in the empty space. For an even more protected feel, layer over a bomber jacket.

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Go Sheer at the Bottom
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Go Sheer at the Bottom

A sheer panel, whether it's at the knees or on the hem of a skirt, is a safe way to show skin while still being covered.

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Layer on a Long Trench
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Layer on a Long Trench

Wear your sheer skirt with an equally long duster coat or trench to cover up parts you don't want exposed from behind.

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Look For Printed Tops
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Look For Printed Tops

Prints such as large, dark florals camouflage a top's see-through qualities.

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Go Sheer at the Shoulders
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Go Sheer at the Shoulders

Show skin only on the areas you're comfortable with. This top with a sheer-lace overlay at the shoulders and neckline area is a happy marriage of the trend.

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Wear a Bodysuit Underneath
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Wear a Bodysuit Underneath

The great thing about a see-through top is you can show off what's underneath. Bralettes aren't exactly office appropriate, so opt for a bodysuit that provides more coverage.

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Wear a Mesh Lace Dress
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Wear a Mesh Lace Dress

A mesh lace dress is your one-and-done trick to pulling off this style. It's modest yet revealing in all the right areas (below the knees and above the chest).

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Suit It Up
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Suit It Up

You don't see lace pantsuits often, but this particular outfit works because of the blazer and lace material on the pants. You're practically covered from all sides, save for some skin at the bottom.

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Try a Tiered Tulle Skirt
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Try a Tiered Tulle Skirt

You can hardly tell this skirt is sheer thanks to tiered pleats. The design creates the illusion of a solid piece, though if you're still worried about baring it all, wear a matching slip underneath.

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Cover Up With a Blazer
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Cover Up With a Blazer

Wear a blazer over any outfit and it suddenly looks more appropriate for meetings. Negin Mirsalehi had the right idea pairing her beige nude top with a structured black blazer.

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Match Your Bra to Your Top
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Match Your Bra to Your Top

Evangelie Smyrniotaki strategically chose a bra to match the color of her lace shirt so it's not as risqué.

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Opt For High-Neck Styles
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Opt For High-Neck Styles

The attention will draw the eyes upward to your face instead of to your chest.

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Wear a Camisole Underneath
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Wear a Camisole Underneath

That thin cami will come in handy for any type of sheer top. Gilda Ambrosio styled one under her white Victorian-inspired blouse.

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Try Transparent Outerwear
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Try Transparent Outerwear

Solange Knowles gave the sheer style her own spin with a transparent trench at the Creatures of Comfort show.