Fashion is always in the details– never more so than this fall when the emphasis is on classic, streamlined style.
Lace is everywhere right now, notably showing up on some luscious-yet-pricey pumps from Stella McCartney and the late Alexander McQueen. It’s part of the big Victorian look that’s been trending for a couple of years now, and the most current way to wear it is in chicly-styled ensembles that reflect the clean aesthetic of Fall 2010.
A couple of thoughts to remember about lace:
- To keep things from getting out-of-control prissy, focus on the texture of lace. Emphasize that by adding other interesting textures to your outfit; think corduroy, velvet, patent or embossed leather, and chunky jewelry. Soft ruffles can also work.
- Lace has some connotations, so remember that color is key. For example, white lace always suggests bridal, so wear it with caution. Same goes for light pink, which can come across as little-girlish. And while nothing is sassier than a splash of black lace, don’t pile it on unless you’re dressing for the boudoir. Keep an eye out for lace in unexpected colors, like fawn, bronze, plum, champagne and navy.
A few pieces I like along with some quick wardrobing ideas from my fantasy closet over at Polyvore.com.
Marc New York brown lace ‘Fawn’ belted cap sleeve dress at Bluefly.com ($195 marked to $117) Shown with Aerie Ruffle Back Cardigan, Nine West Nanda2 Pumps, Matthew Williamson Embossed Clutch, and Dorian’s Faux Black Pearl Jewelry.
Gianni Bini “Rochelle” Leggings Dillards.com ($28) and Steve Madden Ruffled Faux Leather Jacket at Nordstrom.com ($78). Shown with French Connection Dress, Jeffrey Campbell Boots, Dalia Labasi Labradorite Earrings, and Sondra Roberts Tote.
Traditional lace might seem to frilly for your personal style, or it might not be practical for your lifestyle. If so, you can still hit this trend by adding crocheted or filigreed items like the ones shown in the next ensemble or by wearing two-dimensional representations of lacy texture as in the cool burnout tee below.
Vanilla Sugar ‘Morocco’ Burnout Tee (Petite) Nordstrom.com ($42), Gabriella Rocha Maguaire Scarf at Zappos.com ($69.95), and Sterling Silver Filigree Cuff Bracelet at Amazon.com ($90 marked to $59). Shown with Spiegel Corduroy Blazer, Fifi & Elvis Equestrian Boots, Ksubi Raw Jeans, and Rebecca Minkoff Tote.