As you may have noticed, I can pull a fashion icon out of almost anything. Jesus, Waldo, Pee Wee Herman. And don’t even get me started on the various fruits and vegetables that we can all take style tips from (watermelon has color blocking down cold, peaches know the importance of breaking up a monochromatic ensemble with a brown accessory…I could really go on forever). And this dear old granny is no exception. Lace has really been in, on and around everything lately. It’s like the Lil Wayne of the fashion world. I’ve seen it on dresses, tops, skirts, accessories, bags, shoes. And when it’s not worn too tight, you won’t look like a lady of the night – and when it’s not too loose you won’t look like you’re wearing Aunt Ethel’s table-cloth. As with everything, fit is super important. But I think that every lady should slip in to something a little lacy and keep it sexy from cuddling to the cubicle.
When most people think of lace in clothing, they think of sexy black or pure white. And while I do love both of these extremes, they don’t have to be your only options for lace. It is in all colors and textures with the new stuff that’s out for summer and coming out for fall. I saw a girl this past weekend in an adorable cropped yellow lace shirt and dark skinny jeans, it was just so simple and perfect. There really are just endless options for what you can wear lace in and what you can pair it with. Simple top with jeans, or dress pants and a cardigan for work, or even as a sassy cover up with a bathing suit. Lots and lots of choices. Now this isn’t straight see-through lace that I’m talking about (although you can find that and stick a cotton or silk cami underneath to hide the goodies). But many lace items have a built-in thin fabric underneath to keep you covered but still give you that breezy, airy feel that makes lace so sexy. I think that my favorite right now is the lace back dresses and tops that I have fallen in love with. I think this is more eye drooling than a full lace top. It gives just enough to spark the imagination in the back while keeping the shirt wearable and tasteful. Forever 21 has a lot of super cute printed tanks with lace backs for $14.99 and less right now. And Macys.com is having a 50%-75% off fashion clearance so I would browse there too. It’s best to try on some of the many lace options and figure out what you feel most comfortable wearing. It doesn’t have to make you look like you’re rocking lingerie to work. It’s very possible to either find a thicker lace, or to sport a matching tank underneath the tops that may be a little too see-through. You can even carry your summer lace pieces over in to the fall by pairing them with cardigans, or going bold and adding a little leather to the dainty lace pieces. Lace dresses look great with a brown leather belt to break up the head to toe pattern. I’ve even seen some pair a lace dress with less soft motorcycle, cowboy or other leather boots when the temperatures start to drop a bit. The juxtaposed textures and themes for these fabrics make for a very bold fashion statement. So start mixing and matching – if it looks bad, believe me I’ll let you know.
Now the only lace that I personally say to stay away from is red lace. And it hurts my sensibilities to say that but I have just rarely seen red lace look good. Even when done in small amounts, all I can see is Lady Gaga covered in it from literal head to toe…or a pirate wench. I just think the girl wearing it always look a little too club hoochie in it. But I could be wrong. And I have seen a cute red lace dress with a nude fabric underneath that didn’t make me cringe. So maybe it’s all about the cut and the color and the girl wearing it. I’ll stick to my other lace colors, but don’t let me tell you what to do – I’m not yo mama!
What do you think? Is lace always trashy and never classy? Should we leave the bedroom attire in the bedroom?
Well adorables, we made it through another week. And the weekend is just a few more meetings and emails away. Hope you all have something great planned, and I’ll see you back on Monday with some new style talk.
In the right lace, at the right time