Spring 2011 Fashion Trend: Lace

Some trends come and go so fast, you barely remember them happening “ until you see a picture of yourself five years ago and have to ask, what was I thinking? But some trends are so classic they come back season after season, in new and exciting ways. Lace is neither new, nor is it fleeting. It’s been popular for ages, and will continue to be for years to come. Many designers decided to bring back this old favourite for their Spring 2011 collections. Here are some new and exciting ways to wear lace this spring.

Lace Bandeau

It is summer, and the shirts tend to have less fabric and less coverage. In order to avoid a wardrobe malfunction, and look cute in the process, a lace bandeau is a necessary purchase. It adds a little feminine touch under a low cut tank top or under a sheer shirt. But please don’t wear just the bandeau as a top. No matter how pretty it may be, it’s still an undergarment.

Check out Free People’s Lace Trim Bandeau in Turquoise (available in an array of colours), $27.21. Available at freepeople.com.

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Full Lace Dress

If you are a lover of lace, than why not go all out while you can! Designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Colette Dinnigan, Alberta Ferretti, and Erdem all featured complete white lace mini-dresses in their spring/summer 2011 collections. The dresses are feminine and flirty. And let’s face it, how amazing does head-to-toe (or rather head-to-thigh) white lace look with a sun kissed summer glow?

Try Mango’s RSC Grace A-Line Lace Dress in Rose, $99.90. Available at Mango.

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Lace Top

Lace shirts have been back for a little while, but this season is all about the lace crop tops and lace button-ups. Make sure you have a body suit, bandeau or bustier on hand to wear underneath because lace isn’t exactly an opaque fabric. Both types of tops look great paired with high waisted shorts or skinny jeans. This is a look that can be dressed up or dressed down and works for both day and night.

Try American Apparel’s Leaf Flower Lace Tee in Ivory, $45. Available at American Apparel.

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And remember¦

Lace can run a fine line between elegant and trashy, so let’s try and stick to the former. Wear only one lace piece at a time, and mix it with other more subtle fabrics and textures. Be weary of just how much skin you are showing beneath the lace, and try out different textures and colours because there are lots to choose from. Other than that, just have fun with it!  

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