By Allison Daniels
As trends go, some are certainly more wearable than others. Liquid leggings? Not for everyone. Pajama-jeans? Not for ANYONE. But a little lace dress has the potential to suit women of every age, taste, and body type. Below, Celebs.com shows you those already committed to the trend, and how YOU can try them on for style.
A Brief History of Lace:
Lace has been in existence since the 15th century. It has adorned the robes of officers of state, been framed for display in antique showrooms, and graced the gowns of countless brides (Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly ring any bells?). But in recent history, lace has become accepted as an embellishment appropriate for less-than-formal occasions. As fashion has become more playful and creative, so has the use of lace in everyday dress.
Who’s Wearing it Now:
In the past few months, a dozen of Hollywood’s darlings have stepped out in LLDs, giving us countless interpretations to tweak and try whenever the mood strikes. Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Pretty in Pink:
On the left, Jayma Mays in BCBG. The demure lace overlay and bateau neckline create a flirty contrast paired with this bold pink shade and sexy bustier underpinning. Her smoky eye makeup and tousled hair add to the boudoir effect, while sweet wedge heels and lace sleeves keep the look from veering past sultry and into Pussycat Doll territory.
How to get this look?
To get this innocent-meets-alluring look, try an illusion neckline; it lets you be covered up without really covering up. If you opt for a body-conscious mini like Jayma, keep your heels low or wedged. If you go for a knee-length hemline or a looser fit, your shoes can be a little more daring. This look is a balancing act, so all the pieces have to work together.
Here’s how I would do it! ASOS Dress with Lace Top, $78.57 (above right), plus:
2. Prim in Print
Showing us a daytime-appropriate take on lace, Sarah Jessica Parker (left) rocks an über-feminine, fitted lace-print frock from Prabal Gurung. The modern feel of this streamlined dress is due in part to the slash of red across Parker’s waist and forearms (which also makes the dress far more flattering), and in part to the spider-web complexity of the digital-print “lace.” She paired the dress with simple, two-tone Ferragamo pumps which enhance, rather than compete with the eye-catching dress.
This look is highly tailored, and conservative enough to function as office-wear, but glamorous enough to take straight out for drinks at happy hour. If your office is especially buttoned-up, try a fitted blazer to tone down the graphic print. If the dress goes above the knee, wear hose underneath.
How to get this look?
Here’s one way to try it (above right). A Camilla and Marc Scarlet Lace Dress ($690), plus:
3. Breathtaking Blacks (aka The LBLD)
The final little lace dress look I want to mention is probably the most iconic – it’s when the LLD meets the LBD – AKA the LBLD (is your head spinning yet?). What I’m talking about is the Little Black Lace Dress. The little black dress was made iconic by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and we’ve seen lace versions on stylish stars from Jackie O to Kristen Stewart. Universally flattering and chic, the LBLD has had even more attention than usual since the recent popularization of lace. Above are a few great celeb LBLD sightings from the past few months – Dakota Fanning in Valentino, Emma Watson in Rafael Lopez, Carey Mulligan in Elie Saab and Taylor Swift in Jenny Packham.
As you can see, the ways to wear this style are varied, and celebrities love to experiment with new ways to make it their own.
How to get it?
Here are a few especially unique iterations of the LBLD, and some fun accessories to mix and match. I leave the rest of the styling to you!