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Fabulous Find of the Week: Forever 21 Lace Dress


I know what you’re thinking, as always – ANOTHER Fabulous Find from Forever 21? But can you really blame me? They have the cutest, most on-trend stuff, and the best deals – so this week’s post is yet again from our favorite fast fashion store.

In the spirit of the season, I wanted to find a piece you could layer over and under and wear for multiple holiday occasions. This beige lace shift dress is the perfect staple for the season; with its long sleeves and vintage-looking lace, you’re sure to stand out wherever you go. And at under $20, you can’t go wrong!

The Dress

Forever 21 beige lace shift dress
Lace Shift Dress – $17.80 at Forever 21

Outfit Inspiration

Now that you’ve seen the dress, let’s talk about how to wear it. Here are three sample outfits – one casual, one slightly more fashion-forward, and one dressy for night.

Outfit 1 – Casual Layering

Outfit idea: Beige lace shift dress, wolf sweater, black high top sneakers, tights
Dress, Sweater, Sneakers, Tights, Sunglasses

I LOVE this outfit; it would be so perfect for going to class! It’s the perfect example of how you can take an otherwise-dressy piece and make it casual enough for day. By adding this awesome wolf pullover (you could belt it if it was too loose), the dress instantly becomes a pretty lace skirt – and the black tights, shoes, and glasses add even more edge to the look. This outfit is the ultimate mix of feminine and badass, which is ALWAYS a good combo.

Outfit 2 – Fashionable Extras

Outfit idea: Beige lace shift dress, faux fur vest, studded motorcycle boots, socks
Dress, Vest, Socks, Boots, Earrings

This look is a little more chic than the last, but still has some edgy touches, like the studded boots and cool distressed gold earrings. By throwing this adorable fur vest over the dress, you add tons of texture and interest. Finally, the oatmeal socks – worn peeking out of the boots – tie in all the colors of the ensemble. Wear this for a casual lunch out with the girls or a coffee date with that cute guy from class!

Outfit 3 – Night Out-Ready

Outfit idea: Beige lace shift dress, black leather moto jacket, leopard print wedge booties, ring
Dress, Jacket, Wedges, Ring

This look is another great example of how to mix feminine and tough pieces to create the ultimate outfit. For a night out, throw a badass leather jacket over the dress and add some killer wedges – like these leopard ones – and minimal, tonal accessories. With just four pieces, you’re ready for a night on the town!

Your thoughts?

What do you think of this week’s Fabulous Find? How would you style this versatile dress for different occasions? Do you wear dresses as skirts to get more out of your wardrobe? Let us know your thoughts in a comment.

Posted on on November 28, 2011 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , ,

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18 Responses to “Fabulous Find of the Week: Forever 21 Lace Dress”

  1. 1
    November 28th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve always avoided the cream-colored lace dresses because I thought they were too girly, but I love how you’ve toughened them up with edgy accessories. The second and third looks are definitely my favorites.

  2. 2
    November 28th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I agree with Jenny. Also, I personally never really knew how to accessorize this kind of dress, but now I do. That’s why I love this site. <3

  3. 3
    November 28th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    actually forever 21 always makes me a little uncomfortable… they rip off independent designers who can’t afford to sue and will settle for a fraction of what forever 21 makes off of the stolen design. Plus there’s been issues with sweatshop labor and some weird corporate hiring practices that all added up make me not want to have much to do with them.

    hate to be a party pooper, but I think it’s important to weigh the hidden costs of what you wear

  4. 4
    November 28th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Oh my gosh I’ve been wanting to get this dress! I think this post Is awsome and I love how you put the wolf sweater over it. I’ve put sweaters over my summer dresses for fall but I wouldn’t of thought to do it with this one! :)

  5. 5
    November 28th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I love the pink lace dress:) It is so my style and wearing it with rugged edgy boots make it more edgy and feminine at the same time.

  6. 6
    November 28th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I saw this dress when I was browsing Forever 21’s website over the weekend, and I thought to my self: This dress is gorgeous, but I was unsure on how to wear it so it looks casual and young! But I absolutely LOVE all the outfit sets you picked out; my favorite would have to be the last outfit! Lace, leopard and leather combined looks amazing… and the wolf sweater is too cute! :) Lovely post!!

  7. 7
    November 28th, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Great little dress! =)

  8. 8
    November 28th, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I have become quite addicted to this site! So much adorable… so little time! This dress is adorable! And the outfits you all put together are genius! I wish there was more guides on here about how to put stuff like this together myself.. it seems that when I go out shopping all the stuff I see on here dissappears.. all inspiration.. out the window!

  9. 9
    November 28th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Want this dress! Is the wolf sweater available for purchase in the U.S.?

  10. 10
    November 28th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Lol. This is funny cause I ordered that dress last week! I am so excited to get it in the mail!

  11. 11
    November 29th, 2011 at 12:44 am

    This is perfect! I just bought a lace dress this weekend! Though mine’s a but more A-line than shift. :)

  12. 12
    November 29th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    These outfits are incredible. I feel like it says a lot about the author that they don’t just look like a random hodgepodge of crap from the accessories counter at Forever21 – though that’s so often how I feel when I try to pull off the edgier aesthetic that these outfits are effortlessly pulling off. Good work. It must also be very hard catering to the multitude of body shapes you have reading this blog, but I feel like you’ve done a nice job anyway.

    The cuteness and cheap price of this dress, and many if not all of the items at F21 make it too easy to graze past Ame’s comment. But really, how much responsibility should be placed on the shoulders of the consumer? In this consumer-driven economy I feel like it is up to us, the buyers, the 20something (and teen) women (and men) of America who have the spending power that drives the entire world to drive manufacturers to better business practices. I’m guilty of letting price dictate where I shop and going to F21 for cheaper clothes to get their adorable style and overlooking their unethical business practices, so I can’t act like I’m a driving force of change, their clothes are irresistible!

    Perhaps it would be a good alternative if CF offered a holiday shopping guide to local internet shopping bazaars (like or items that do good and are cute too?
    This post seems to offer some tips:

    That post is just a suggestion and I know CF has always been on the up and up for advice on gifts that give more, I’m not attempting to point fingers. Unethical business practices enable these companies to produce cheap f-ing cute clothing so it’s a catch-22 for the young and hip. But perhaps for this gift giving season, especially for the people for whom we have no clue what else to get, we could collectively consider giving presents that do greater good? Sorry that was an essay.

  13. 13
    November 29th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I love the outfit with the fur vest! It looks so warm and cute!

  14. 14
    November 29th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    amazing post!

  15. 15
    November 29th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    super cute! that dress look amazing by itself, and the way you pair it with stuff, it looks even cuter! Awesome post!!

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    November 30th, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    By the time I clicked on this dress it was out of stock. Bummer. But i do have a short sleeve lace trim dress I’ll be wearing in an outfit similar to that first one so soon. I have been wanting some inspiration on how to wear my hightops and that is perfecto. Thanks for another great post.

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    December 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I love lace dress feel so vintage I have been looking for the perfect one for like ever…thanks

  18. 18
    April 12th, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Do you think this dress is too casual to wear to a homecoming dance? I bought it already for said reason and i think if i did a red lip with a taylor swift-esque side bun it would look cute! Is there a way I can accessorize it to make it dressier? HELP!

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