Lace has been an important element in fashion since the Late Middle Ages. For instance, scrolling floral patterns and geometric shapes with grace the collars and clothing of the Venetian elite. It's one of the most complex fabric techniques, there are laces made with a single thread and some that use more than a thousand threads. This complex and decorative fabric comes in many shapes, from knit lace and embroidered to alençon and Point de Venise.
In the sixteenth century lace became a popular fabric among the European upper classes. As we can see in many paintings and portraits of the time, shirts, cuffs, handkerchiefs, pillows, and even doorknobs were decorated with this textile.
Lace has survived the passing of time, and now it has become a fashionable material you can find in different clothes like blouses, skirts, cardigans, and even shoes. Also, many women with a femme fatale soul have worn sexy underwear made from this fabric. To use it in a proper way, you must take into account some tips, so you'll always look stylish and not matronly.
Balance the transparency of the lace with solid pieces
Although lace evokes elegance and delicacy, wearing it from head to toes can produce the opposite effect. For example, a dress completely made of lace could trespass the limits of sensuality and become trashy if the transparencies are too notorious or if the patterns are too intricate.
To achieve the ideal look, it's important to complement lace pieces with opaque fabrics.
Make sure that your clothes don't look like lingerie
Sometimes it's hard to notice the difference between lace clothing and underwear. If you don't want your blouse to look like a negligé or a robe, avoid combining it with fabrics like satin or tulle, ribbons, thin stripes, or any other detail that would remind you of lingerie.
Complement your look with discrete accessories
Consider that lace is a statement piece by itself and if you add huge and showy accessories you'll overload your look. Before choosing your jewelry and accessories, bear in mind that lace looks classy and harmonious when it's combined with sober and small accessories.
Choose the proper underwear
Because lace is transparent and thin, whatever you choose to wear underneath will play an important role in your look. There are basically two trends nowadays, wearing something opaque or allowing the underwear to be seen through the lace.
If you have a formal event, try going for the first option; you can wear a tank top, a body, or a spandex dress with a contrasting color if you want to highlight that piece. Also, you can wear beige or neutral colors for a more subtle look.
Now, if you prefer the second trend, you must be sure that the underwear you're choosing combines properly with the lace. One way to achieve a clean look is by wearing a bra that combines with the top.
Pay attention to the parts of your body that are going to be visible
No matter what you do, lace will always show some sections of your body. Make sure the lace shows the parts you want to highlight and rock the streets.
Choose the right size
Always make sure you have the right size. These clothes are meant to fit your body so if it wrinkles then either it is too tight or too lose on you. So find the right size and you're gold.
Use colors properly
Nowadays lace comes in a wide variety of colors and if you're tempted to go for the bold and flashy just make sure you know how to combine them well. If you're going for the rainbow look then go right ahead, if not then think about the patterns and colors that will match this perfect little scrap of fabric.
Bear in mind that lace automatically adds some volume to your body. The best way to know how it'll look is by trying it before buying it. If you can, try it while wearing the underwear you'd use with that outfit, so you'll find the best option for you.
Now you know the secret to wearing this trend. If you like experimenting with fashion, try this The 15-Day Challenge To Become A Stylish Woman. You can also get inspired by these 5 Ways You Can Bring High Fashion Down To Earth.