How To Wear 8 Tricky Trends And Still Look Like A Lady

If there's a will there's a way.

There are some trends out there that, while cute, might make you uncomfortable to try out. Not everyone has a "roll the dice" type of style (which is totally okay!) but if you don't you might enjoy a little bit more coverage and less quirkiness in your looks. Because of that, you might feel like you can't pull off certain trends because they feel too out there or too exposed to have you rock them. To that I say: Nah girl. There's a way to style any kind of trend to work with your aesthetic, you just need a little bit of patience and a lot of trial and error. From sheer skirts to belly baring crop tops, below are tips on how to wear 8 tricky trends and still look like a lady.

1. Sweatpants

Keep in mind: You can't just wear your ratty sweatpants that were stolen from your boyfriend back in high school. The fit of the pants matters - opt for something with a slimmer leg and that cuffs at the ankles. But how to jazz it up after you have that silhouette? Easy: Just add heels. 

2. Sheer Dresses

While I don't see a thing wrong popping on a leotard underneath and going out on the town, if you want more coverage you can try pairing it with a slip or a basic, non-fussy mini dress. 

3. Revealing Necklines

With all the geometric, cut-out tops that are very much in vogue right now, use the trend to your advantage and pair them with revealing necklines. Not only will you get coverage, but it'll add an interesting element to your outfit.

4. Fanny Pack

The style of the fanny you choose completely matters! If you get a slouchy, canvas one that your dad would buckle on while in Disney World in the '90s, you're going to have a hard go at styling that sucker. But if you choose one with clean lines, a rigid silhouette, and made out of luxe material like leather- it'll be as easy as matching your outfit with a purse. 

5. Sneakers

A clean pair of white sneakers will literally just about go with anything, but to give them more of a lady-like quality, try pairing them with feminine full-skirts or girly fancy dresses. 

6. Crop Tops

You can do two things with crop tops: 1) Pair them with low risers and channel your inner Britney Spears circa 2003, or 2) match them with high waist skirts, pop them on top of dresses, or pair them with high waist pants to give off a more modest vibe. 

7. Sheer Skirts

If you have no idea how to work a sheer skirt, think of it this way: It's to be used as a layering piece. So pop it on top of your maxi dresses and let it add an unexpected dash of texture to your look. 

8. Sheer Tops

While I think matching a sheer top with a lacy bra or neutral bandeau top is A-Okay, if you want more of a modest look try layering it on top of minimalist shirts or tanks. Just try to line up the silhouette of the sheer top with the one you're layering it on top of. For example, in this look the blogger matched her crew neck sheer blouse with a sweetheart shaped shirt, giving her a chic outcome. 

While some styles might look intimidating, there's always a way to rework them so they fit your own aesthetic. It just takes some patience and a willingness to mix and match in your closet. Happy creating!

Marlen Komar is a writer living in Chicago with a penchant for mom jeans and kimchi tacos, and primarily writes about fashion history. She has bylines in Bustle, CNN Style, Racked, Allure, Curbed, and Apartment Therapy, and rarely stays in one place too long as she travels for most of the year. Website: