They were hidden way back in the corner of an old wardrobe but being small, curious and a willing participant in a game of hide & seek what I found was like buried treasure. It was the layers of material among which I was hiding that first appealed to my senses. Intricate beading, delicate lace, satins, silks and tulle enveloped me.
My love of lace goes back to the sixties when I used to play in these breathtaking dresses my grandma stowed away many years previously. Whenever I was allowed to play dress up I felt so glamorous and I promised myself when I grew up and got married I would wear one of those poufy princess gowns (this I think was from watching Cinderella one too many times).
On days like today, when I reflect back to yesteryear, I wish my memory could more accurately recall the details of those times that brought me so much joy. I remember how good it felt to escape into my imagination and pretend I was a captivating young woman who would be discovered by my prince charming all that was missing was the diamond encrusted tiara. I dreamed that I would grow up, get married, and live happily ever after. While I eventually did grow up, got married, got divorced, got married again, got divorced again, after all this I’m thankfully now content.
I wanted to talk about lace today because it’s one of the trends I’ve been seeing a lot of this spring and summer. Everything from dresses, skirts, jumpsuits, tops, shorts to hats, handbags, scarves, jewelry, shoes and jackets, you name it lace is everywhere.
Whenever I go out to some of my favorite shops I always seem to come across a white lace pencil skirt and I think “wow I really like that, I should get one because I don’t have any lace clothing” and then I leave without even trying it on. Once I get home and go through my closet it’s then I remember that while I may not have a lace skirt (I don’t really need one) I do have several lace tops and a cute pair of lace covered flats. So I think I’m covered in the lace department.
To give you a better idea of the amount of lace apparel I pulled several select pieces from different online retailers. Some of these items are I found are fully covered in lace and others are just embellished. If you are more conservative but would still like to include some lace into your repertoire you might consider a lace trimmed collar, a pair of lace earrings, headband, lacy cover-up like a kimono, or cardigan.
Lace Dress – H&M has a nice selection of lace-wear. This black sleeveless, knee-length dress has a halter-like top and the straps cross in the back. I saw a few boho style dresses and tops trimmed in lace that I liked as well.
Lace Camisole Top – The lined camisole I picked is hot pink (it also comes in black and white). It would look great with a pair of shorts, skirt or pants, with or without a blazer and it’s perfect for summer.
Lace Cut-Out Necklace – Okay I may have to acquire this necklace that I found at Dorothy Perkins. It’s a lace silver tone cut-out statement necklace. There isn’t much of a description but it looks very delicate and the detail is impressive. On zooming in to get a better look the metal looks like actual lace. I think it’s stunning.
White Daisy Pencil Skirt – Yes, the pencil skirt is always my preferred choice in skirts. Like I stated above I’ve been finding white lace pencil skirts just about everywhere I shop. This Dorothy Perkins knee-length skirt is organza overlay with white daisies.
UNIONBAY Janine Women’s Lace up casual Shoes – 6pm.com carries this summery looking mint colored lace flat (also comes in black and white). Create a bohemian movement within your summer wardrobe and feel an inner peace knowing that you’ve made the right decision in choosing this UNIONBAY® flat.
Jessica McClintock Lace Envelope Clutch Handbags – 6pm.com also had this classy looking satin/lace envelope clutch. This one is silver with black lace on the flap. It comes with a 48 inch fabric carrying strap and has two inner pockets. Very nice.