The Space Between My Peers: See-through at Work? Maybe

The Space Between My Peers

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I'm a home-schooling, bible-believing SAHM with an annual clothing budget of about $500 American. The Space Between My Peers reveals my secret passion: analysis of the art and science of what to wear.

Monday, February 27, 2006

See-through at Work? Maybe

With the current popularity of knitting, it should come as no surprise that crochet is one of this year's big spring looks. So why does that idea prompt groans from both men and teenagers? Because they're sick already of seeing mature women's undergarments.

So, if you have see-through garments (crochet, sheer, or peekaboo) you would like to wear and still be viewed as professional, try this principle:

Wear a see-through garment as an accessory, like a scarf, not as an article of clothing.


For example, a sheer blouse in teal could be worn in many professional settings as long as it topped a matching teal, or black, long-sleeved tee-shirt. And, for Casual Friday, a crocheted sweater in a neutral could layer over something bright.


Do's and don'ts:


  • Do wear a tee-shirt under a knit or crocheted sweater. A camisole in a color normally associated with underwear doesn't cut it.
  • Do wear a sheer tailored blouse, with a matching shirt under. A blouse has the advantage, over a scarf, of offering camouflage to the less slim.
  • Don't choose a skin-toned garment to wear under something sheer. People will have to look closely to see whether you really are properly clothed.
  • Don't wear black underwear with a white shirt. That look has passed, and it now just looks tacky.
  • Do approach the wearing of lace with caution. At best, it is associated with romance or considered a little old-fashioned. At worst, it looks like lingerie.


It's up to you to protect your professional presentation. When in doubt, don't.

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