I have a penchant for pretty fabrics: Lace is utterly romantic and feminine. To not look like a hippie lost on your way to coachella or as if you worn your grandma’s table cloth, here are my…
4 Quick tips on how to wear lace
– Lace is a material that can look cheap if the quality is not high. Keep it classy.
– Opt for tailored, classic and crisp shillouettes like a collared blouse and pencil skirt for a ladylike and elegant look that is totally wearable to work too.
– Inject some colour for a modern take: Yellow, red, pink & orange. Don’t be afraid, be bold!
– Tone down hair & accessories. The lace is enough decoration, keep make-up, shoes & jewellery minimal.
I’m wearing a two-toned dress made from macramé lace. The collared shirt and straight skirt keep the look classic. The limoncello yellow colour adds a summery note and the metallic belt clashes nicely with the prettiness of the dress.
Lace dress from Max & Co SS2014
Metallic belt from Max & Co
Pointy white ballerinas from Versace Jeans @TK Maxx
Macaron necklace from Les Nereides N2
Emma Stone at a photo call in Rome in Dolce & Gabbana. Perfect combination of classic shapes (pencil skirt, collared blouse) and feminine lace. I also love the girly braid in her hair.
Go for modern, coloured lace if you are afraid of looking too bride-edque in white lace. Alexa Chung (left) and Michelle Williams are wearing a red lace dress by Erdem.
Cashmere is one of the materials I feel so at home in – soft, snuggly and luxurious. I like my cashmere chunky knit for the home or the weekend, and finer knitted for work, in the chic shapes of cardigans, twin-sets or jumpers. casThe older I get, the more I appreciate high quality materials.
The creme cardigan I wear in the pictures is from FTC, a German label putting emphasis on fair trade materials and humane working conditions. An important point as commercial cashmere production affects the ecology of Central Asia. The introduction of cashmere goats displaces native hoofed animals.
Black lace reminds me of Southern Italy, Dolce and Gabbana, indulgence and pure femininity. The perfect partner for cashmere.
I am wearing:
- Cream cardigan from FTC
- Black lace pencil skirt from Zara
- Green chained cross body bag from Gianfranco Ferre
- Bronze shoes from Max & Co
- Jewellery from Les Nereides & N2
Cashmere is not cheap, but when looked after well it lasts a long time. Check the sales or TK Maxx for bargains!
Handmade little Alice in wonderland doll necklace from N2. Paris earrings from Les Nereides
Paris drop earrings from Les Nereides’ new Paris Mon Amour collection 2014
This season, lace has been everywhere. From pretty pastel lace to dark, sutlry and sexy lace. How to wear it can be tricky though if you don’t want to look like your own granny or like a teenager in one of those nasty nylon/polyester curtains as seen at High Street Shops.
To make lace work, read some of these inspirations:
- You don’t have to go for head-to-toe lace, just showcase a little lace with a top or skirt
- To avoid Kate Middleton lady syndrome, mess it up a bit. Layer lace and play with textures and fabrics like leather to pull it out of the “frumpy” category
- Make sure the lace is made out of silk or other natural fibres with a silk lining
- Colour: Coloured lace looks fresh and modern. Try a coloured lace skirt with a monochrome shirt to keep it balanced
Above: Texture mix for a fresh take on lace: I’m wearing a white broderie anglaise pencil skirt from H&M and a navy blue lace top from Max & Co.
Alexa Chung in a coral coloured lace dress by Carven
Lace by day: Mix lace with denim for a relaxed, not to dressy look like Kate Bosworth at Coachella.
R&R like what Jigsaw is saying about lace trends too. Check ’em out here
After a few poor seasons Mango makes more than up with this year’s AW 2011/2012 season.
Beautiful tailored dresses, rich materials (Tweed, Boucle, silk, leather, lace) and a heavenly handbag collection are guaranteed to satisfy the fussiest of shopper.
The above Bouclé jacket rocks! Combine it with Denim to avoid a dated look.
A feminine cut shift Tweed dress and pink stripes.
Mango’s handbag collection “Perfecto cuir” are handbags made out of finest leather as soft as butter. The cornflower blue classic tote is a dream as well as the ostrich leather clutch.
Leo shoes. Hard to decide whether to go for the Ballet pumps or wedged boots
My all time favourite this season, the delicate lace dress
The master of seduction Scarlett Johansson in a nude lace dress by Dolce & Gabbana
The most feminine trend this year is lace. Seductive, delicate, all woman.I like it best as a dress in a classic shift shape with boat neckline as shown above by Penelope Cruz in a purple L’Wren Scott dress.
Remember to go easy on jewellry when wearing lace as the lace is enough decoration.
Below: I’m wearing a peach/black lace shift dress by Mango (current season)
Nicole Kidman in a red lace dress by L’Wren Scott. Save a few pennies with the below Mango copy modelled by Isabeli Fontana.
A great way to show off the rest of the summer tan before it’s time for hiding in darker colours and opaque tights is the LWD.
White suits every skin tone as it comes in different shades: From a clean crisp white to darker-shaded off-white. Lace and eyelet embroidery details look especially feminine and elegant on white. I’m wearing a white summer dress with eyelet embroidery.
Helena Christensen showing off her tan in a white, buttoned dress with eyelet embroidery
Cameron Diaz in a white lacy Oscar de la Renta dress.