Fashion Forum member Allison (Allie) Lee is a fan of one of the season’s hottest trends: LACE. “It’s really fun to dress up and be ultra-feminine and also try to dress down and toughen it up. It can be surprisingly versatile,” Allie said.
Lace is appropriate for a holiday dress, whether it’s a quiet Christmas dinner with Tutu or a rockin’ New Year’s Eve at Apartment3. There is indeed a great deal of versatility with lace: from a sweet, angelic white lace blouse to a siren-inspired black lace dress.
Allie, who is a cosmetics specialist at Target and assistant to stylist Kyle Kagamida (another Fashion Forum member), has a distinctive personal style and a gift for mixing the old with the new, steals with splurges and vintage with the au courant.
The lace dress Allie wore to our fashion shoot with fashion photographer Andi Gaspar and Grace Lee, formerly an anchor with “Sunrise” at Hawaii News Now, is a steal at $32.50 from Forever 21.
Allie reports that lace was an important element in the recent collections of Dolce and Gabbana, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta and Stella McCartney.
Here’s Allie’s take on the trend: “You can wear it classically and feminine, with minimal accessories. Kate Bosworth and Becki Newton have been spotted wearing lace this way. My favorite way to wear lace is with a slight edge. As cliche as it can sound, leather and lace are paired together for a reason. Pairing light, delicate lace with something heavier and edgier like a jacket or a blazer is a great way to balance the tomboy and girly vibes of each piece. I love the way Whitney Port has styled her lace dress.”
Allie has been wearing her lace dress to holiday parties. She also loves the look of a lace tank with a cardigan and jeans for every day. Her warning: “Lace easily borders the line of lingerie and everyday wear. If you’re going to wear lace, make sure it’s not too sheer. If it is sheer, layer! Keep your lace and satin nightwear in the bedroom!”
I love a touch of lace peeking out somewhere unexpected, such as a lace cami under a tailored jacket or a lace square in a jeans pocket or a dainty lace handbag for day or evening. And, oh my, there are some gorgeous lace shoes in the stores right now. Sigh.
As Allie warns, lace can easily cross over into uh-oh territory. That’s why it’s nice to have a svelte nude slip to slide on under it. Cosabella and Spanx make some pieces that are ideal underpinnings for lace.
– Paula Rath