Lace: Old lady or always in style? I don’t have any lace in my closet at the moment. Not a scrap, not even a lacy bra. I didn’t know that until I thought about writing this today. And I love the look of lace, simply love it. Kate Middleton’s wedding gown gave me shivers. Then there are these dreamy, feminine blouses to contemplate:
I am also deeply in love with this lace midi skirt by Alice + Olivia:
The history of lace and lace-making is fairly recent, in terms of the design world. Its use in fashion began in the mid-1500’s, and of course it was made by hand. The Industrial Revolution in the 19th century brought about the machine-made versions. “There are a few parts of the world where hand-made lace is still produced for sale, but increasingly through the twentieth century lacemaking became a craft undertaken for pleasure.” Have you tried it?
So why don’t I own or wear any lace items right now? Maybe it’s my memory of this frothy confection from my youth:
Kidding! Or maybe it’s the fear of looking too Church Lady, too stuffy, too Miss Havisham:
I think the best way to introduce lace items to my wardrobe would be a clean-lined blouse like this one. It’s not fussy or Old-Lady, and it’s not Bridal. I do like ivory next to my face. To stay modern, I’d pair it with a slim skirt or a pair of jeans. And I would keep the accessories clean: simple earrings or bracelet and ring:
I also have been ogling lace-trimmed skirts like this one from Zadig & Voltaire. Here I would pair it with a simple knit top, even an upscale tee. Maybe a pair of sleek boots too. The ones shown are pretty gorgeous:
Do you wear lace? How do you work it into your style and how do you accessorize? Or is it hopelessly inappropriate for the 50- and 60-something stylish woman? Please let me hear your thoughts, and have a lovely, lacy day.
“He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain – no matter what – after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods.”-Kate Chopin
Stay safe, xo
Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse: