STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Transition with Lace

The clouds have finally parted! On our first sunny and warm(ish) afternoon this Fashionista wasted no time in donning a soft summery dress. Her white linen dress helps to foreshadow the warm weather that we are all eagerly anticipating. Its lacey hem, like most uses of texture, keeps the eye interested all the way down to the bottom of the garment where it falls above her knees. Exemplifying the art of transitional dressing, she anchors her light dress with dark leather pieces. Using a belt is an excellent way to manipulate the hang of the dress to accentuate her waistline. Anthropologie offers a variety of belts in different sizes and materials that can be used for such a purpose. Her riding boots, normally difficult to wear with a dress without tights, work with this particular outfit as it plays off the color of the belt and keeps her look from being too summery. Her light blue jean jacket, which is unfortunately still necessary, has the same effect. Its light wash keeps it from looking harsh against the material of her dress. Finally, she wears a jade pendant that hangs just below her neckline and a turquoise ring on her left hand. The small splashes of green are refreshing and help liven the palette of the outfit.

Side Note: Lace has been all over the place! Recently brought to us by an array of designers, like Dolce and Gabbana, Valentino and Céline, black lace in particular has emerged as a strong trend on the runway. It also has held a strong presence throughout the streets (notably, stylist and street style superstar, Anna Della Russo). While lately we’ve seen a surge in darker shades, the white lace dress has not disappeared and will be especially popular this spring.

So when you hit the stores in search of the perfect summer dress, keep your eyes pealed for the trend! If you are adventurous, you may want to also keep a lookout for Christopher Kane-inspired neon lace!

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