Lace in Point


Believe it or not, pulling off a lace look can be tricky. Wear white and you risk being mistaken for a bride (images of Miss Havisham from Great Expectations come to mind), a little girl about to receive her first communion, or worse, a doily. Wear color and you risk being mistaken as a floozy, a floozy, or worse, a floozy. The key is to stay away from all white or pastel looks, wear fitted (not tight) pieces, and mix in some edgier pieces to counteract the uber-feminine fabric.

Take a cue from the always fashionable Michelle Williams and pair a demure dress with leopard pumps for equal part playful, equal part lady-like sophistication. A pop of bright color is a fun and unexpected twist as well!


Dresses aren’t the only pieces to showcase lace this season. Try cropped blouses, flowy tanks, body-skimming pencils and flouncy skirts. And don’t forget the accessories! Even adding a simple lace bag like Molly Sims did adds a touch of class to any outfit.

Just remember, when wearing separates, stick to one lace piece per look to avoid resembling a tablecloth. A little lace goes a long way. Unlike chocolate which we can never get enough of.

1. Preen “Chelsea” stretch-lace dress, $1120, 2. Lover “Tilly” lace fitted dress, $700, 3. Milly metallic lace shift dress, $400, 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs “Bronte” lace dress, app. $800, 5. Topshop seam lace zip back shell top, $55, 6. Delia’s “Brenda” lace hanky hem tank, $26.50, 7. Nine West “Party Box” bag, $112, 8. Opening Ceremony “Battenburg” lace crop top, $345, 9. Newport News lace pencil skirt, $39.00 (sale), 10. J.Crew “Severn” laced mini, $89.99 (sale)

Images Courtesy of Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images (2) and Billy Farrell Agency

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