If you ever want to push the fashion boundaries and slightly play with fire, then make sure lace is somewhere, if not everywhere, in your wardrobe. The ultra-feminine and delicate fabric always straddles the line between showing just enough and showing too much, but that’s what makes this trend so much fun to play with.
According to WhoWhatWear, Chantilly lace is no longer meant for white wedding gowns or decades old frocks — for fall 2012 it’s become sophisticated, bold and mysterious whether it’s showing off a lot of leg, a decadent back or an interesting design across the chest. This week’s Fashionista opted for a mixed print blouse, featuring black Chantilly lace on the arms and neckline and a micro floral panel on the front. She completed the outfit with a black mini skirt, a neutral bag, Western-inspired ankle boots and simple jewelry accessories. The Chantilly lace adds a bit more femininity to the outfit as well as finesse to make the look more interesting overall.
To recreate this Fashionista’s look, choose a top that has interesting lace inserts, such as this black and blue, a color combo that’s also trending for fall 2012 according to Marie Claire, sleeveless, lace top from ASOS. Finish the look with a pair of black skinny jeans, ballet flats and a cross-body bag for a weekend or class get-up. If you’re looking for something more appropriate for a night out, opt for this black skater dress with a chest lace panel from French Connection or pair these Chantilly lace Dolce & Gabbana tights with a solid color, mid-thigh, body conscious dress for an interesting combination.
However you decide to incorporate the delicate fabric, whether it’s to boast your girly side or to add a little mystery, Chantilly lace can certainly help you up the stakes and push the boundaries, it’s a partnership you can’t afford to miss out on.
Lace has always been a classy staple to a college wardrobe and it is one of my absolute favorite materials to wear. Although much of my lace is in the details of white blouses and tops, this season’s lace is all about experimenting with color and pattern through bottoms.
This summer, be on the look out for lace shorts, such as Anna Sui’s runway floral scalloped lace shorts. Free People also has great daily options including a flirty lace skort. Furthermore, don’t limit yourself to full lace options — trending this summer are lace accents to jean shorts, vests and other denim classics.
My favorite thing about lace is how delicate and feminine it makes any outfit. Yet, lace is also incredibly versatile. Spreading across all seasonal boundaries, lace can make an outfit bohemian, classic, girly or preppy, depending on the size and pattern of the lace, as well as its color. Another important factor in establishing the style of an outfit are the other elements being worn with the lace item.
This Fashionista has chosen a deep red lace mini. The red is a striking color that works with the large eyelet of the lace to immediately draw attention to the detail of its lace pattern and the skirt as a whole. Its length and fit allow the skirt to be worn both during the day and at night. Paired with a pastel blue tank and a black blazer, this bright red lace comes across as a classic look with a preppy flare.
I also love the thick silver bracelets paired with this outfit. The hard metal offsets the feminine lace, offering an interesting contrast the outfit as a whole. This classy undergrad has pulled the look together with simple black flats, making the outfit totally wearable to a variety of events.
I am entirely in love with this week’s trend. No matter how many times I see this look, it just doesn’t get old. The boots, tights, and shorts combination has taken Emory University’s campus by storm, and I’ve never been happier. Of course, the slight draw back to the popularity of this look is that I had a hard time picking someone to represent the trend, so instead, I took the liberty of finding someone who incorporated both the shorts trend and another amazing trend, lace-up boots.
I spotted this Fashionista’s boots a mile away. Her knee high lace-ups are especially charming, because they’re not the usual brown leather; they’re suede! She also took some creative license with her great layering technique. She paired a short-sleeved jacket, which she got in China, with a long sleeve shirt and shorts. It’s a bold way to layer and it really works wonders for her outfit.
If you’re just as excited about lace-up boots and shorts as I am, go ahead and combine the two looks for a great outfit. To find some boots you can check out Nine West, like today’s Fashionista, or look at some other great options by Steve Madden. When you start your search for acceptable shorts, steer from tight pairs. Other than that, you can be as creative as you want. Experiment with cuffs, colors, and texture. High-waist shorts also, work great with this look.
Enjoy yourself when you’re putting together this look. Believe me, there’s no other way can you get away with wearing shorts in the winter!
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