Lace. It’s everywhere. From Target to Neiman Marcus, and festooning the internet. Some trends are all or nothing, one cannot dip one’s toes into harem pants, for example. But lace is a gentle trend, i.e. light on the psyche and the wallet both.
The Sturdy Gal, subject as she is to bouts of The Cutes, needs to avoid any puffed sleeves, trim, or collar action. Try instead a sweatshirt sort of lace, to throw on with your khakis or shorts. If you can withstand Abercrombie that is. Don’t worry. They can neither spray perfume nor blare music on the Internet.I saw this skirt, or one like it, in the San Francisco Target. Came in a few colors. With a tee in a complementary shade? And flip flops? Sturdy heaven. Just like our tennis skirts, only not.And cheap lace, within reason, is OK. I’ve checked these Dolce and Gabbana dresses in person, and unless you inspect closely, they don’t look that different from the lace shifts you’d find here. I suppose D&G may offer higher quality, but not $1K’s worth. However, a splurge to solve a perennial Sturdy dilemma, i.e. What To Wear At Those Dang Bashes People Keep Throwing, would be justified here. Blush lace party pants with a black tee and black sandals. Or white tee and gold sandals. Even pointy-toed pumps if our stylish sisters insist. Uniforms ‘R Us.
The Artsy Cousin likes her lace vintage, in all its cheesy early 70s glory. Oh that collar.
Or splashed with pretend duct tape, when her show/installation finally opens in Lower Manhattan. Christopher Kane showed a brilliant series of dresses this season exploring a “tape” concept. Can you say “WANT?”
Artsy bought all the Madewell lace shorts. Every last pair. Just before she turned 30.
Now, The Grande Dame never stopped wearing lace, but she’s especially happy about her options right now. A skirt? This one comes in plus sizes.
Or even shoes. Black smoking slippers, to be precise.
Lace may be the new leopard. Just sayin’.
Pink lace pencil skirt via Target
Lace sweatshirt via Abercrombie
Blush lace trousers from Paul & Joe via net-a-porter
Vintage Joseph Magnin blouse via Etsy
Christopher Kane dress with duct tape via net-a-porter
Madewell lace shorts
Vince Camuto lace skirt via Zappos (on sale)
J. Mendel lace dress via Farfetch.com
Manolo Blahnik lace slippers via Neiman Marcus
Rene Caovilla leopard and lace pumps via Neiman Marcus