How To Wear Lace For Work, Day & Play

This A/W season, lace has gone way beyond trend level to being a fashion staple. But we have a slight issue with lace — there’s a fine line between it going too prim and looking too trashy. Don’t fret, though, we’ve got tips on how to wear lace in a modern way with a retro twist.


For work, see-through lace is an absolute no-no! But that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. Rust, camel, gold, and black make an interesting color combination, but one that isn’t too in your boss’ face. A lace shell tops gives slim-cut pants a retro ’50s vibe, but a crocodile-embossed clutch and lace-detail stiletto pumps give a modern edge. A double-breasted, camel-colored jacket tops off the look. (Bandelier Blazer: $124, The Mad Men Collection Lace Shell, $49.50, Minnie Pant in Bi-Stretch Wool: $98, JJ Winters Blake Lively Clutch in Black: $149, Betsey Johnson Women’s Itsy Pump: $116.25)


Dress down lace for a day out with mid-rise jeans in white, which is so much more unexpected than blue denim. Expose a bit of ankle and your leg will look elongated in a pair of kitten heels. You can add your favorite blazer, blue denim jacket, or chunky sweater for chilly days. (Lace 3/4 Sleeve Top: $64, BDG Cigarette Mid-Rise Jean: $54, Butter Women’s Sigler Flat: $290.40)


When it’s time for night play, standout from the sea of black at the lounge of your choice with a violet lace dress. Gray pumps and silver jewelry have less of a stark contrast with violet than black would. But this night look does benefit from a dose of black. A studded leather jacket adds a modern rockabilly vibe. (Urban Code Studded Lapel Blazer: $201.25, Violet Sweetheart Lace Bodycon Dress: $80, ASOS PUMP IT UP Suede Platform Court Shoe, $110.62MICHAEL Michael Kors Stack Bangle: $150)

Annika Harris is an NYC-based freelance writer, who lives for personal style, fashion, pop culture, and history. She thinks of everyday as an opportunity to hone her style skills and has no problem sharing her fashion know-how with other style geeks on The Frisky andStyle Hive. Follow Annika on Twitter!

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