While lace might have originated in the 16th Century, for me it represents a time period that is a little closer to home- the 90’s. Although the 90’s is more commonly associated with ‘chokers’ , ‘slip dresses’ and double or triple denim, ‘lacing’ was a common theme throughout 90’s fashion. Velvet dresses were often trimmed with Chantilly, while chokers-the most popular 90’s accessory- was adorned with latticed lace. Accessories were an integral part of 90’s style identity but it is now during 2017, that the expansion and mainstream exposure of lace(s) has become evident. From its origins in nun whitework in the sixteenth century to its more elaborate, ‘Alençon’ embroidery, that has become popular in 2017, it is clear that the 2000’s has brought lace back.
Admittedly we might relegate lace materials as being too ‘bridal’ or showy-which in many cases it can be- but trimmed lace or simple floral laced designs can still retain the ‘casual’ aesthetic that millennials seem to favour, while the addition of ‘alencon’ otherwise known as laced embroidery, has become popular with brands like Quiz-see their #lostinsummer campaign- Public Desire, In The Style and Have To Love. But the question is how on earth do you style the lace trend in summer? After all unless you live in the UK like I do chances are you will want to avoid brocade or bridal lace at all costs. Which is where good ol’ Jasmine, aka my more fashionable, savvy alter ego comes in to save the day.
From laced embroidery to crochet, here are eight ways below on how you can style the trend this summer!
- The Crochet Lace ‘Self Portrait Dupe’
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When Self-Portrait released their architectural lace confections, the world went mad. Despite an eye-watering price tag of £275 per dress on average, stats recorded in March 2017 showed that Self-Portrait’s Floral Blush Midi Dress was clicked on once every three minutes, it was that popular. Naturally, me included, not everyone can afford Han Chong’s top-end high street prices, which is why dupes have been found at all corners of the internet, particularly in the shades ‘Scarlet Red’, Powder Blue and of course a trusty ‘Black Widow’ black. While red and blue have already burrowed their way into my overwhelmingly full wardrobe, a ‘neutral’ black crochet cross pattern set against a nude base midi tea dress helps create the illusion of a more curvaceous figure and embraces the feminine female form. After all part of the popularity of the Self-Portrait originals were because it embraced the ‘female body’ and was body positive, due to the nude panels that were used to give the illusion of nudity behind lace.
We still live in a highly conservative world where the female body is shamed and ridiculed by the media, so why not wear a dress that might not on the outside appear to be a ‘stereotypical form of rebellion’ but its nude illusion panels allows you to feel liberated. After all we rebellious women know that sometimes the ‘quietest’ rebellions are the ones that are the most powerful and create the biggest ‘source’ of change.
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2. The ‘Embroidered’ Alençon Dress Worn Two Ways
Technically ‘alencon’ is just a fancy word for embroidery, popularized in France bridal wear and has now transitioned into ‘daily fashion trends’ too. From embroidered lace heels, to layered embroidered laced dresses, the possibilities are endless when it comes to styling the ‘lace trend’ . Below I have shown how the same dress can be worn two different ways; the first look is inspired by nature and draws upon the beauty of nature’s natural bounty i.e the hand-stitched embroidered lace is interwoven with vibrant flowers and plants, while the mesh netting on the dress creates a 3D dimensional reality. Layered underneath is a see through rose corsage bodysuit to add interest, while the embroidered boots buys into the Alecon ‘dress theme’.
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The second look however, while similar to the first transforms the dress into a skirt, creating a lace skirt, while the layered bodysuit becomes the risque top, off-set by the a simple black shoelace choker, retaining the same embroidered boots. The key to nailing the ‘two in one’ Embroidery’ or alecon lace look is to ensure that accessories are kept to the minimal, as the prints are ‘busy enough’ without needing outlandish accessories to add ‘interest’
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3. Wear A Crochet Lace/ Pom-Pom Tassel Hybrid Playsuit and Layer Underneath A Mesh Top
Crochet lace is always a popular ‘summer-time look’ but how about switching things up and combining an ‘off the shoulder’ crochet lace playsuit with tassel detailing and layer underneath a mesh embroidered top. Naturally I already covered how to wear embroidered lace in the paragraph above but mixing shapes and textures can often be hard to ‘manage successfully’, especially when the playsuit is off the shoulder but contains sleeves. The key is to find a mesh shirt that is slightly longer than a crop and has ‘cap’ or ‘t-shirt sleeves’ , before tucking them into the playsuits sleeves so it looks like a summer shorts and shirt combo. A simple rose flower headband will feminize the look, while embroidered lace mesh courts will lend a degree of sophistication to the ‘layered hybrid’ playsuit aesthetic.
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4. Capture The Essence Of Summer With Ombre Lace
Whether you choose to wear a dress, or a playsuit, ombre lace, particularly in the contrasting shades of blue and white, captures the essence of the ‘summer season’. Other key colour contrasts are ‘red and white’ , yellow and red and green and white, which are all colours that denote ‘passion’, ‘love’, ‘summer’ and in many cases positivity, all emotions that are ‘perfect for summer’. But what on earth does that have to do with ‘lace’ I hear you ask? Well not much honestly, but using two colours on ‘summers hottest trend ‘ aka ombre lace, will help you feel A. mega Instagrammable and B. freaking hot so whats not to love? Below the blue and white ombre dress uses ‘crochet’ interwoven into a fabric of sky blue and pristine white which makes your holiday tan glow, while simple blue heeled sandals helps capture that positive holiday vibe.
Now are you vibin or what?
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5. Have A Wedding To Attend? Then A Floral Applique Lace Maxi Dress Will Be The Perfect Formal Lace Companion!
We all know that summer is the season for weddings . Lets face it, summer rays combined with an abundance of food and alcohol is a winning combination for summer season so why not gatecrash your way into the action, featuring applique floral lace? I guarantee that if it is your mission to stand out and get mistaken for one of the bridesmaids- hello photo OPP is that YOU?- then a floral applique lace maxi dress is the formal number for you. Ensure that your outfit is not tonal, block colouring, especially featuring pastels like baby pink or sky blue are top choices for summer and its block colour format, will allow the applique lace bodice to stand out. Not to mention applique lace is 3D which can sometimes give your outfit the ‘impressionist aesthetic’ of butterflies, which is always beautiful right?
If you want to not look like you are an extra from the bridal camp, then applique lace separates like co-ords work just as well and I have included some goodies below.
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How Will You Be Wearing Lace This Summer?
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