Lace rules your dress!
Lace now forms a part and parcel of many pretty party dresses, and girls are loving this new style! It not only adds that subtle, feminine touch to your dress, but also lends it a proper texture and volume. It might surprise you to know that the history of laces traces back to the 15th century, when handmade laces were sewn on to apparel. But 200 years later, with the invention of lace-making machines, they became more accessible, and consequently, began to be seen much more on dresses, skirts, shorts etc. someone called Collette Dinnigan had led the lace revolution more than a decade ago, and today, it is the standout on international ramp walks and fashion parades.
You just simply cannot say no to a little black dress in lace. It looks demure and fragile, but actually adds strength to your floor-length gowns and bodysuits, couture and wedding dresses. Black lace is the most dramatic, but some also like it in other colours such as eye-popping pink, or even softer shades like earthy beige, peach and neutrals. Coloured lace is, in fact, the biggest trend this season. For example, a red lace dress can is already giving the LBD (little black dress) a run for its money. Those with a petite figure can go for the delicacy of Chantilly lace. Those with a busty body can go for thick-weave lace in a simple shape such as a fitted sheath dress to make a fashion statement. Those with a larger frame usually settle for lace patterns that have a vertical grain or a lace dress with solid panels that lend a sharp and streamlined silhouette to her structure. If you’re tall and slim, you can very easily reap the benefits of a sheer floor-length gown with dramatic lace to accentuate its appeal. Pair it with a corset to make yourself look even more sensually stunning!
The subtle and sober appearance of lace, coupled with the fact that it has a quality of rare intricacy about it, makes a lot of designers recommend lace dresses not only for cocktails and parties but also for bridal wear. Be it antique or modern, lace in a dress enhances its grace. Antique lace, the finer of the two and also the more expensive one, looks more elegant in colours such as off-white, ivory, smoky rose, sepia etc. These laces usually have a greater contrast between the openwork and denser sections.
If the full-lace look is too much for you, then you can always try to mix it with contrasting textures. Lace dresses can be paired with leather jackets, jerseys or knits to play down the look. For a look that is more eclectic and gothic-inspired, you can team your lace dress with faux fur and velvet. These days, metallic lace is also in vogue. This contemporary style is very well-suited for a fun evening look in parties and cocktails. If you want to make the lace the focal point of your dress, go for a sheer sheath dress. Its revealing nature can be balanced by choosing a relaxed cut or a longer hem. Shift dresses and full-skirted tea dresses being the predominant style statements of this season, use sturdier lace fabrics that come with wider nets and more unique patterns and thus lend a heavy, structured silhouette.
If you’re ladylike and prim, you’re going to love lace. If you’re edgy rock chic, you’re going to love lace no less! Looks like lace dresses are here to stay, so don’t be scared to experiment! Be it Amma Watson or Nicole Kidman, Kate Beckinsale or Katie Holmes, everybody is sporting this new style! So, why not you?