Arsenic and New Lace
Lace cycles in and out of style, promoted by designers as feminine and delicate, then tossed aside for awhile for being stuffy and matronly. Thankfully, we are now in a time when lace is being shown on clothing with a modern and beautiful twist. The trend has been around for several seasons and shows no signs of letting up. Some of our favorite picks for this trend below…
This simple blouse from Ann Taylor LOFT almost looks like a combination of lace and eyelet. Casual fit, short sleeves, with a short back zipper. Easy to dress up (under a blazer or with a pencil skirt) or down (on top of a simple pair of jeans), this blush colored top is available in regular and petite sizes. A great staple for your wardrobe.
This gorgeous cardigan is available in the white shown above at left, plus the red at right, and black as well. It is really beautiful in person. Part polyester, part wool, with lace overlay, this sweater hits at the hip so it should be nice and long for those of you with longer torsos. Another piece that would be easily dressed up or down. A great sweater for the holidays, especially that holly-red version. Banana Republic makes great sweaters–I have three of them in my closet and they’ve last me for years without showing any signs of wear or losing shape.
Look at these crazy lace overlay pants! Not exactly a classic piece for your closet, but they’re really beautiful and fun. If you plan on wearing them often, they may be a good investment for the next year or two. Available only in navy blue, but both regular and petite, and a ton of sizes. Ankle length and it looks like they’re also straight leg. These would be great for happy hour or a night out on the town.
Bright. Yellow. Lace. Skirt. BCBG Max Azria. I’m dying from happiness inside. If you’re not familiar with this brand, they make beautiful clothing, and they often take a classic style and add details to make it modern. This skirt is so gorgeous, and in such a mood-lifting color. Love the horizontal bands around the skirt, laid over the lace. Not a great skirt for winter as the color is too summery, but that’s probably why it’s nearly half off in price. Available in small and medium sizes. Snap up now and look forward to pulling this out of your closet come April.
For the plus size gals, this amazing lace dress from ASOS is available in navy blue over white, or black over black. The lining is jersey, which means it’s super comfortable, and the lace material is stretchy. Sizes 14-22 available. ASOS Curve is a sub-brand that specifically caters to the body shapes and sizes of curvier women. We love it when a brand does its homework.
Patterned tights have been trendy for so long, it seems like they’re no longer a trend, but a staple of modern wear. The great thing about lace tights is they tend to be stretchier and less itchy than regular hosiery. The pair at left is from the Gap ($14.95), and features a black floral pattern, while the pair at right is from DKNY for $15 ($20) and is available in what appears to be a dark violet floral pattern. Great price for tights you can wear all winter.
There aren’t a lot of lace-patterned shoes out there, perhaps that particular trend is falling by the wayside at least for the winter. But, I did find these pointy-toed lace pumps from Ann Taylor LOFT. Most people don’t think of AT or ATL for shoes but I have owned a couple pairs of pumps and they’re beautifully made. Available in sizes 5-11 with tons of half sizes, too.
How darling is this berry-colored coat with lace collar and cuffs? This coat is lined, though it is not exceptionally warm (it earns a 3 out of 5 on Modcloth’s warmth scale). Probably appropriate for 30-40 degree days. Available in sort of limited sizes–S/M and M/L, so read the reviews to see what size might be right for you.
And finally, we leave you with a clip from our favorite lace-inspired movie: Arsenic and Old Lace. Enjoy!