Dear Lucky: Sheer, Long Skirts Are So Romantic—But How On Earth Do I Wear Them In Real Life?

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Bloggers Hanneli Mustaparta and Tamu McPherson step out in sheer at Lincoln Center in New York.

Q: The sheer long skirts for fall are so romantic—but how on earth do I wear them in real life? —Celine

A: Dear Celine, It’s a bold move, the sheer skirt for fall. So I consulted blogger Tamu McPherson (, who balances wild daring with quiet chic better than just about anyone. Tamu likes the skirts with either a long white button-down or a “soft cotton T-shirt that ends at the top of the thigh—so you get full coverage of the bum—topped off with a blazer or great fall jacket.” Alternately, she totally embraces the sheer: “I do like full panties/’50s-style swim bottoms showing through the skirt—for girls who are a bit braver about exposing skin,” she said. “I also love the slouchy-sweater styling at Michael Kors.”

Lucky fashion features editor Hayley Phelan will also be jumping on the sheer-skirt bandwagon; she will be wearing the slouchy sweaters. “Like at The Row!” she said. “They did these oversize turtlenecks—the perfect counterpoint to the sheer.” Gray wool tights will complete Hayley’s outfit. “It’s more fall-looking; plus, I’m always cold. It’s sort of the slouchy-sweater idea for your legs!” Hayley noted that shoes should be more masculine—loafers, oxfords—to take the long skirt down a notch: “You don’t want it to look like you threw a sweater over your black-tie gown.”

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