Style Guide: How to Add a Twist to Ladylike Lace

Style Guide: How to Add a Twist to Ladylike Lace

Hey ladies, it’s Anna from Fash Boulevard. Gone are the days of your grandmother’s lace! This classic fabric is making the transition from simple traditional garments to flashy, head-turning pieces. Retirement doesn’t need to be just around the corner in order to partake in a lavish lace lifestyle. This season, expect to see lace everywhere and on everyone. Whether you’re rocking a lace dress to an upcoming bridal shower or commanding attention in a lace pencil skirt that’s sure to add elegance to your boxy blazer office ensemble, this fabric can add value to your wardrobe without costing a fash fortune. Below I’m sharing my three favorite ways to add a youthful twist to this traditionally demure fabric…

Mix It Up

Style Guide: How to Add a Twist to Ladylike Lace

top – Joie (similar here), pants – Loft, clutch – Love Cortnie, heels – Sole Society

Mixing prints and textures has long been a popular style secret of top celebrity stylists. The combo adds an extra element of dimension to an otherwise simple outfit and instantly catches your eye. I always love mixing two popular trends from different seasons to create a slightly less predictable pairing. Leopard prints are best when worn in small doses, so this season try using the leopard printed accessories you already have from fall/winter and allow them to perfectly compliment your spring-friendly lace garments.

Style Guide: How to Add a Twist to Ladylike Lace

Colored Classic

Style Guide: How to Add a Twist to Ladylike Lace

coat – Jessica Simpson, dress – Kensie,
clutch – Francesca’s (sold out), heels – LC Lauren Conrad, necklace – Chloe + Isabel

Traditionally when we think of lace, neutral shades come to mind. But this season lace is bolder, wilder, and younger than ever. Top designers Vera Wang, Alberta Ferretti, and even Roberto Cavalli sent colored lace dresses down their spring runways. Take advantage of this high fashion trend and ditch your little black dress for a bright colored lace showstopper. Lauren even designed a gorgeous Lace Fit & Flare dress that’s super affordable for her spring LC Lauren Conrad collection at Kohl’s that comes in three vibrant colors. Strut away from tradition this season by modeling this classic feminine fabric in a bold new way.

Style Guide: How to Add a Twist to Ladylike Lace

Toughen Up

Style Guide: How to Add a Twist to Ladylike Lace

jacket – Bar III, top – RACHEL Rachel Roy, shorts – RACHEL Rachel Roy,
tote – Massi, ring – Pop of Chic (sold out), heels – LC Lauren Conrad

When combining two prominent fashion fabrics like leather and lace you are instantly creating balance in your ensemble. These two luxury fabrics perfectly complement each other, making for the ideal day to night transitional outfit. On the spring runway, BCBG Max Azria designed an entire collection around this feminine and edgy combination. But luckily for us, we don’t have to break the bank on designer looks to achieve this runway-inspired style. Affordable faux leather and ladylike lace pieces can be found at all of your favorite fast fashion stores, making it easier than ever to create an ultra luxe spring ensemble.

Style Guide: How to Add a Twist to Ladylike Lace

How will you style your lace pieces this spring?

Leave a comment below telling us about your styling tips and tricks!

Fash Boulevard

P.S. For more lace inspiration, be sure to check out my other style guides featuring the feminine fabric here and here!

Photos: Fash Boulevard
Categories: Anna James, Style Guide
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  • debora f

    lovely anna :) :)

  • Sally

    That red dress is just out of this world! Would love to add a staple piece like that to my collection :)

  • Marjolein Evelien Klok

    I love all your displayed outfits Anna, especially the last one. It reminds me of the outfit I’m putting together for my best friends wedding. I think I’m gonna try and find the right shoes and blazer now :)


    Is it a spring or summer wedding? That outfit would be adorable!!

  • Sunshine Girl

    Gorgeous! I love lace, and am excited to incorporate it in my wardrobe this spring!

  • Nikki

    I love everything about the first look. The lace top paired with jeans can be worn casually or dressed up.

  • Kelly Limon

    OMG all of the outfits are amazing! Anna makes it look so effortless! Love it!!

  • Anna James

    Thanks so much, love. :)

  • megan magers

    perfection yet again, obsessing over the way you pair lace with other popular spring trends like pops of color, polka dots, stripes and ankle strapped shoes (im such a sucker for those). beautiful as always!! such a huge fan!

    see how i paired lace for lucky fabb:

    and my latest look featuring black and white polka dots:


  • Kelly Limon

    Wow thanks for responding :-) I always look forward to your posts. Your style is amazing !

  • Rachel

    I love all the lace!!


  • Shayla Gabriel

    Lace and leather <3

  • Rafael Centenera

    17 Special <3



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