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How to Rock the Lace Trend


lace(Source: | Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Julien Macdonald, Vivienne Tam)

The lace trend has been around for a few seasons now, and it’s only getting stronger for fall. If you haven’t tried this trend yet, it’s time to join the lacy bandwagon!

Whether you’re wearing it on your top, skirt, or elsewhere, one thing is for sure, lace isn’t just for your undergarments anymore! Not sure how to rock this trend with confidence? Well have no fear friends, I’m here to give you tips and tricks on wearing this detail-oriented fabric! Interested? Read on!

How to Wear Lace on Campus

Casual outfit to wear on campus - how to wear lace

(Headband, Boots, Top, Jeans)

First on the list of outfits is an easy top/jeans combo – an effortless fallback look for any on-campus occasion.

To start, I picked out this great lace shirt and paired it with a pair of dark skinny jeans. A lace shirt is a great way to rock the lace trend as it is subtle, yet still fashion-forward. Another great way to wear this trend is to invest in a cool lace-based headband – I picked out a gorgeous black one that you can either wear traditionally around your head or across your forehead. To complete the outfit, I found a pair of great cutout booties in white; they add a pop of contrast to the outfit without being too over-the-top. Wear this on campus and you’ll be laced up and ready to ace those classes!

How to Wear Lace on a Date

Chic and stylish Lace Outfit - how to wear lace

(Dress, Cardigan, Shoes)

While black lace can be a bit much for certain occasions, white lace is always a great fabric as it gives off a classy yet innocent look – perfect for date night!

To create this look, I picked out a form-fitting white sweetheart dress with lace detailing. It can be dressed up or down depending on the shoes and outerwear you wear with it, but since this is a date outfit, I went for a soft and sweet look. I paired the dress with a pair of cute floral oxfords, and a soft drapey cardigan in olive green. Sweet yet sultry, this outfit is a great daytime look, whether your date is with Grandma or Prince Charming.

How to Wear Lace for Nights Out

Dressy Lace Outfit - how to wear the lace trend

(Bandeau, Heels, Skirt, Top, Jacket)

For my night out outfit, I decided to steer clear of the obvious black lace dress and go for a more understated lace look to give you more creative ideas. The lace part of this outfit is actually a smaller detail in a larger look.

To start, I picked out an awesome black lace bandeau – bandeaus are so versatile and can be worn underneath lots of different things to add some understated sex appeal. Worn under scoop neck tanks, cutout shirts, or tops with fun back detailing, the bandeau always makes the outfit, especially if you dare to wear different colors.

For this outfit in particular, I paired the bandeau with this drool-worthy tank top with a sexy cutout back. It’s a great way to show off your back as well as the lace detailing of your bandeau. Tuck your top into a skirt like the one I picked out, throw on some heels, and then just grab a cool bomber jacket – wherever you’re off to, you’ll look and feel like a million bucks!


Are you guys fans of the lace trend, or are you going to skip it? What do you think of the outfits I put together? Did you like the tips I included? How are you going to wear lace this season? Whatever your thoughts, let me know in the comments – I always love your input!

Posted on on October 18, 2010 / Filed Under: Trends / Tags: , , , ,

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21 Responses to “How to Rock the Lace Trend”

  1. 1
    October 18th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    lace is a trend that i have no idea what my opinions are, but i love all these outfits, especially the first! could you possibly make a post on how to wear lace in different styles?
    xoxo, kylie

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    October 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Wow! All of these are great. I love the first one and the third one in particular. Thanks for trying to think outside of the box for the last one and staying away from the black lace dress. :)

  3. 3
    October 18th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    The floral oxfords!! I want them so bad, I wish F21 didn’t have such odd sizes :(

  4. 4
    October 18th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I looove the lace trend. But I’ve always been a big fan of lace, so yeah. I have a lot of lace in my closet, haha.

  5. 5
    October 18th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Great job on these outfits, they all work for the described situation and aren’t too expensive. The night out is my favorite. I see a lot of black when I’m going out, so I love that that the outfit you chose incorporates that – but adds the color to make you stand out.

  6. 6
    October 18th, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Question.. is there a way plus-size girls can embrace the lace trend?? anyone reading this, do let me know! thanks.

  7. 7
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:35 am

    Could you do a post on what to wear on a canoe trip. I’m going next Tuesday.

  8. 8
    October 19th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    wOW! I’ve never noticed that the laces are so perfect look!
    I’ve just actually, hated it . don;t know why. However outfits that you picked are so gorgeous :) I want buy evething, God!!!

  9. 9
    October 19th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    i love the date look! i’ve been hesitant about the lace trend because it’s getting cool and i get cold easily and i don’t want to cover it up!

  10. 10
    October 19th, 2010 at 1:17 am

    OMG. I love the second look. I could totally rock that outfit! ;)

  11. 11
    October 19th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I love the lace dress, but I’m not a fan of the third outfit. Although, I’ve never been into the bra-showing trend.

  12. 12
    October 19th, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I’m w nisha I love the lace look but w it gettin cold n not wantin 2 conner it up I’ll use it w layers, lace tank top peakin out of a scoop neck long sleeve shirt. N I love the idea to use it as a head band. Def goin 2 try that 1. N 2 CG it’s all about the attitude u have when u wear an outfit (not ur size) so go ahead embrac it. If ur nerves start small. Try the lace head band n jus have fun with it. Feel gud n u’ll look gud =)

  13. 13
    October 20th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Love the lace trend, but I’m not confident in wearing it. :( Seems to work better on taller, slimmer figures.

  14. 14
    October 20th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    @ CG and emily about the potential awkwardness of lace on a plus-size figure: don’t worry, i’m a size 16/18 and have been so into lace this fall :) honestly, target has been where i’ve found two of my three lace pieces, so they were cheap; you should check there because I just got the lace skirt 2 days ago and it was only $9 on clearance!

    the first thing was a black lace dress with a scoop neck, 3/4 sleeves, a higher waist, and a sort of flared out skirt that hits about mid-thigh with a black slip under. i LOVE this dress! i wear it with a dark purple or grey cardigan, tights, casual boots and lots of dark gold/brassy colored jewelry from forever 21 for casual days! or sometimes I dress it up with heels and a skinny belt. i’ve gotten SO many compliments on it and the best part is that it was $17.99! the only bummer is that i tried to find it online to try to buy it in other colors but i can’t find it online :( but keep and eye out for something similar, the sleeves are key or else it might be too fancy for daytime i think.

    the second thing is an ivory colored lace skirt from target that hits right above the knee. it’s kind of tight-fitting so i bought an xxl which is a size up for me (it’s from their juniors section) so it’s not too tight. i just make sure i wear it with darker colors like darker purples and greens or black looks great too. even though it’s lighter colored, it’s super flattering with tights and boots or even heels for a night out.

    the last thing is a sweater from forever 21. it’s a regular black crewneck sweater, but the back panel is all lace! it’s really cute and versatile! i usually can’t fit in forever21’s sweaters, but i usually wear a XL or 1X in Faith21 tops and this fits me in a large! i got it in september but I can’t find it on the website now :( I’m sure there are similar ones out there though!

    sorry this turned into such a long comment, but i just wanted to let you know that us plus-sized girls can DEFINITELY rock the lace trend! it’s my favorite trend for fall because the lace pieces are a little trendy but also classy and a little sexy at the same time!

  15. 15
    October 21st, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    love the 3rd look

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    October 22nd, 2010 at 8:42 am

    i love lace!!

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    August 28th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    These are great tips!

    I was wondering if anyone had any advice for how to wear an all lace top with a white stiff peter pan collar? There’s the obvious black bandeau, but I live in a really conservative town, and that only flies when I’m in a real city.

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