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