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DON'T THINK OF IT AS FABRIC REPLACEMENT

Even without the translucent overlay, LaLa Vasquez's dress works (the addition of it just adds some sexy appeal). But January Jones's Jonathan Saunders midi leaves us wondering if the designer simply ran out of fabric.

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SKIP THE BRA (IF IT'S A DISTRACTION)

When we look at Halle Berry's Monique Lhuillier gown with the black lace panels, all we're thinking about is how gorgeous she looks. When we look at Ellen Pompeo's outfit with similar black lace panels, all we're thinking about is her visible bra.

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GO FOR TRANSLUCENT, NOT TRANSPARENT

At least when it comes to tops (and anything else beyond cutouts and overlays). Rumer Willis's white blouse is sexy without being overtly so since you get just a hint of the black bra underneath. Adrienne Bailon's top, though, gives way more than a hint.

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CHOOSE FORMFITTING OVER BAGGY

You'd think that tempering the sexiness of a sheer piece with a looser silhouette would make sense, but as Nicole Richie (in Emilio Pucci) and Demi Moore (in Valentino) prove, tight and see-through beat baggy and see-through.

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STOP AT THE SLEEVES

Miranda Kerr gives her long-sleeve, demure top some flirty appeal by showing off her arms and leaving the rest to the imagination. Perrey Reeves, however, apparently doesn't have a lot of faith in our powers of imagination.

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PLEASE DON'T WEAR SHEER PANTS

We looked at hundreds of photos and we can confirm there is no right way to wear them. Whether formfitting or loose, tapered or flared, solid or floral-embellished, under a skirt or over purple undies, Ke$ha and Lindsay Lohan are evidence that pants are meant to be opaque. Period.

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