How to wear lace with a modern twist

Gone are the days of your grandmother’s Victorian lace. Read on for great advice on how to wear it from a pro stylist.

Lace tank, J. Crew

Lace dress, French Connection

What to look for: “Lace is best done in moderation,” says Afiya Francisco, fashion expert on The Marilyn Denis Show. Instead of lace embellishment all over, designers are using it to complement solids and patterns. Lace isn’t just for your nighties or lingerie anymore either – lace is now added to everything from suits to blazers to give it a feminine touch.

How to wear it: “Toughen up romantic lace with edgy materials such as leather or denim along with accessories,” says Francisco. The newest trends see lace in everything from white to red. Look for ensembles that mix lace with other materials or stick with one piece of lace (be it on a handbag or a shoe). Look for higher quality fabrication when choosing a lace piece to keep the look upscale.

Accessorize it: “If it’s a sexy dress, pair with an unexpected bootie as opposed to a pump,” Francisco advises. Don’t don pearls or brooches to avoid the medieval look.

Day to night
: Layer your lace for daytime under a suit jacket or wear it in a neutral shade with denim. Save the sexier black lace styles for cocktail hour.

A little hit of style: An embroidered scarf or lace detail on a bootie is enough to try this trend on a budget.

Lace we love (pictured in the player above):
Vaity Lace Dress, $138. French Connection.
Lace-Over Tank, $55. J.Crew.
Lace Scarf, $15. Winners.

Salvatore Ferragamo ‘My Joy’ Lace Flat, $295. Nordstrom

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