what to wear under sheer tops

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I recently had a reader email me (I love getting emails from you guys, by the way) about what to wear under sheer tops. This is a great question and something you definitely want to think about while buying anything sheer or see-through (do you have the proper undergarments? – if not, hard pass). Here are a few of the tips that I’ve accumulated over the years (ps these go for dresses as well):

1. Don’t wear a white bra
This may sound odd, but wearing white on white will definitely be very visible. The best colours to wear underneath white are nude (as close to your skin tone as possible) and grey.

2. Try grey
This also may sound a bit odd, but it’s something that I started doing years ago. Because grey is such a neutral colour, it doesn’t show through very well, making it a good alternative to nude.

3. Get an arsenal of nude undergarments
This is a must-have for all you babes out there. Let’s stay away from VPL (visible panty lines) with a nude, seamless thong or pair of Spanx (I am such a fan of Spanx and the way they make a smooth foundation for your clothing to lie on). For tops and dresses, invest in a great nude bra, nude slip and tight nude tank (so it doesn’t mess with the shape of your garment). You’ll thank me later.

For these photos, I went with a nude bra, which you can still see a bit (slightly risqué, non?). Other options would have been a grey bra or tight nude tank.

Zara top (no longer online, similar)

photos by Alicia Fashionista



  1. 03.30.2016 / 6:43 am

    I don’t wear sheer tops because of all of this stuff we have to consider. So I just opt not to wear sheer stuff. Your tips are good though 🙂


    • August Diaries
      04.01.2016 / 8:58 am

      Also another option, for sure. Thanks beauty!

  2. 03.31.2016 / 9:39 am

    yes, grey is nice! I like the way it shows up just a little. Nude is always a good choice too. I also like black. Most of my bras are black & lacey, and unless I’m in a situation where I have to be more conservative, I will often wear black under anything. I tend to dress pretty classic & conservative so this little bit of black lace showing through adds a little edge.
    You always look amazing, btw…love your style and your blog!

    • August Diaries
      04.01.2016 / 8:42 am

      That’s definitely another option… love the black lace under a sheer white top!

  3. L
    03.31.2016 / 7:00 pm

    Is the top from this season? Just want to know if it might still be available in stores. Thank you.

    • August Diaries
      04.01.2016 / 8:42 am

      It is! I got it about 2-3 weeks ago, so hopefully it’s still there!

  4. 03.31.2016 / 10:49 pm

    Great tips! Does anyone remember when wearing brightly colored bras with the straps showing was a thing lol.

    • August Diaries
      04.01.2016 / 8:56 am


  5. 04.15.2016 / 7:54 pm

    Soft pinks are also super close to your natural skin tone 🙂 sometimes when nudes are still too dark, but blush pink is better option for some reason.

    I say have fun with it 🙂 try bodysuits and bralettes there are so many cute options out there now it would be a shame not to test the waters.

    I’m also a big fan of the stick on bras especially for open, sheer or mess backs.

    Love this outfit on you! Those jeans look great, and the top so effortless. Love

    Great job as always lady


    • August Diaries
      04.16.2016 / 12:13 pm

      Oh great on the blush pinks! I need to try those stick on bras… any brand recommendations?

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