Sexy but Subtle Fashions for Every Age

Go ahead, put a little sizzle back in your style. You may not be at a life stage when baring all makes sense (has it ever?), but wearing clothes that have subtle sex appeal feels undeniably good. Whether you opt for luscious fabrics, sheer inlays or the surprise that comes from an unexpected peekaboo moment, choose the look that's best for you. Yup, we've got you covered (or, in this case, uncovered)

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The Allure of Feel-Good Fabrics

Luxe textiles, soft on your skin, beg to be touched—like this mesh metal necklace, which is as soft and drapey as any fabric.

Whiting and Davis mesh metal necklace, $190; whitinganddaviscollection​.com

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Sultry Shell

Choose a first layer that feels great next to your body.

DKNY polyester tank, $125; Macy’s

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A Dress with Drama

The style and shape may be trim, but the saturated silk is seriously luscious.

Ivy + Blu charmeuse dress, $300; modcloth​.com

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Edgy Meets Basic

The leather is buttery soft; the skirt’s offset zipper lets you show a little or a lot.

Rebecca Minkoff lambskin leather skirt with black ponte, $398;

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Power Pumps

Nothing says “Look at me” like red suede; the curvy side detail adds a certain je ne sais quoi.

Charles Jourdan suede pumps, $200; Macy’s

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Topper With Shine

The peasant styling is pretty and breezy, and the colorful waist tie provides the happy.

Cynthia Rowley silk wrap blouse, $260; cynthiarowley​.com

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The Appeal of Sheer Panels

Classic shapes heat up when given a touch of transparency. Wear this when you want to kick-start the imagination.

Kamalikulture mesh, polyester and Lycra dress, $96;

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Pretty Drops

Let a little sparkle catch the candlelight.

R.J. Graziano resin and gold-plated metal earrings, $50;

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A Skirt with a View

A figure-friendly circle skirt with a sneaky see-through panel.

Lulu’s polyester skirt, $43;

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A Racy Topper

Bomber-jacket styling is on trend; the sheer stripes make this dressy enough for a date.

Catherine Malandrino jacket, $375;

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Serious Stilettos

You could pair these with a flannel nightgown and still keep those fires burning.

Guess leather pumps, $99;

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Collarbones are gorgeous, so why not draw attention to them.

R.J. Graziano glass-bead and silver-plated metal necklace, $85;

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Peep Show

The wrap-effect straps in a pale hue could inspire an all-out foot fetish.

Nine West leather heels,$89;

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Peplum Provocateur

The hint of flesh is just an illusion, created by the nude lining underneath.

BCBG stretch web and knit lace top, $138;

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The Thrill of Surprise Cutouts

Simple solids get slightly racy thanks to playful peekaboo. This one gives you that Wonder Woman feeling (minus the lightning bolts).

CC Skye 18k gold hardware with enamel paint cuff, $90;

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Tee Tease

Layer under a jacket and make ’em wait for the big reveal.

Autumn Cashmere cashmere T-shirt, $286; 888-628-8866

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Fresh Flats

With an ankle strap, gold accents and emphasis on the arch, they’re just as sexy as something sky-high.

Report Signature leather sandals, $99;

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Dress Duo

A high-waisted skirt-crop top combo (sold together) reveals just a sliver of skin at the waist.

Black Halo two-piece color-block dress, $345;

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Slouch With Style

The allure of the unforeseen: Wrap construction leaves a flirty gap at the outer edges of the pants.

Haute Hippie modal pants, $195;

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(White) Hot Tunic

Fluid fabric and a one-shoulder design provide serious wow factor.

BCBG woven top with side pleats, $138;

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The Sass of a One-piece

Leave the cleavage under cover and instead bare your shoulders.

Nadia Tarr knit jersey pantsuit, $328;

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Haute Choker

Channel your inner fierceness.

Nashelle brass necklace with solar-quartz stones, $75;

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First published in the July/August 2014 issue

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