Little white dresses are always popular when the weather gets warm, but this season they have a new twist--lace. It's difficult to wear white lace without looking like a runaway bride (or a baby doll), but if worn correctly, white lace can add just the right touch of girlish charm to your summer wardrobe.
Lace sometimes gets a bad rap in the fashion world for being too childish (or too uptight--umm, can anyone say Victorian Era?), but a touch of white lace has a carefree vibe that works with almost any style; so even if your look is a little more urban-chic than Lolita, you can still incorporate this trend into your closet. Think you're up to the Fashion Challenge?
Tips and Tricks for Rocking White Lace
- Go all out. Don't be afraid to embrace two trends at once. White lace is a great opportunity to work the sheer trend as well--just be sure to layer for appropriate coverage.
- Mix and match. Use white lace to doll-up menswear inspired pieces like a tailored trouser or short. This helps prevent the runaway bride look, and also keeps you from looking too cutesy.
- Go white on white. Don't be afraid to accent your white lace with, well, more white. White on white is a classic look, but a little lace adds interest. Break things up by throwing on a blazer or belting the waist of whatever you're wearing.
Get The Look
For this outfit, I chose menswear-inspired pieces (pinstripe shorts, oxfords, and a boyfriend-style watch) to tone down the femininity of the white lace top. I would layer this gorgeous lace blouse over a slinky white tank and tie the scarf in a super-chic french twist around my neck. The best part about this look is that you can easily transition it into fall by adding thick tights and/or a blazer.
So, will you take the Fashion Challenge?
Already work this trend? Send us pictures of you in your lacy whites and we’ll feature them here!* As always, we are open to suggestions for future fashion challenges and we’d love to hear from you!
* Send your outfit pictures to fashionchallenge AT collegefashion DOT net! – be sure to include your name and where you go to school, as well as a description of what you’re wearing in the photo! (See examples here and here!)