I could not stop ogling over this month’s InStyle spread featuring Frida Pinto — how gorgeous is it?! And how gorgeous is she?!
It’s funny how things turn out, because I’ve been mentally curating a “lace” post for awhile, and these pics made me realize just how into the lace look I am. My one caveat: lace can look cheap quickly, especially when the edges are unfinished/unhemmed and the fabric is too stiff. That being said, I have a slew of pieces that have garnered my attention over the past few weeks, including this too-good-to-be-true See by Chloe dress, on sale for just $150 (!) at TheOutnet:
I’d keep the jewelry light, with something like these vermeil bangles ($165 for 3, Margaret Elizabeth) and a pair of quartz studs (Anna Sheffield, $374, Shopbop), but the shoes fairly substantial (I’m loving the contrast between suede and lace at the moment — Boutique 9, $130, Shopbop) for the perfect blend of ethereal-with-edge:
Meanwhile, how darned fetching is this lovely little Manteleta Lace dress by Leifsdottir ($398, Leifsdottir)?
Um. I’m obsessed. Love the “eyelashes” along the bottom (I learned from wedding dress shopping that you call the little edges of lace that peek out over a hem “eyelashes”) and the interesting neckline. Nude/champagne pumps are in order with this little feminine piece — something like this pair of Stuart Weitzmans would be perfect (on sale for $181, Farfetch):
Lace needn’t be restricted to evening-wear, however. I’m loving the idea of a somewhat cropped lace top, like this Lover brand piece ($455, Net-A-Porter) with a pair of white shorts (Pucci, $154, TheOutnet) and black strappy sandals (Belle by Sigerson Morrison, on sale for $97, La Garconne):
I like the idea of pairing it with a be-ribboned necklace, like this unexpected find from Talbot’s (on sale for $39, Talbots):
The same design principles apply for this boxy little almost-lace top by Paul&Joe (on sale for $176, MyTheresa) — I’d pair with some skinny jeans in black or a inky dark blue —
Either of the above outfits would be adorable with this roomy, slightly edgy tote from Tory Burch ($595, Tory Burch):
I gotta say, though, that the cross-body bag has been BIG this season. I’m still not so much into the look — it’s a bit too hipster-with-a-fedora for me (for some reason, the style reminds me of Urban Outfitters, which I like and where I often find nice separates in, but, taken on the whole, the Urban Outfitters aesthetic is sloppy and gritty in a way…which does not mesh well with my overall goal of stream-lined, polished dressing). However, if I were so inclined, I’d probably snap up something like this Gorjana “Hudson” ($200, Gorjana):
The only thing I’d add? Some sparkling enorma-studs ($25, TopShop):
If you’re not sold on the lace separates look, just kick your typical LBD up a notch with a pair of killer lace-adorned pumps. I’ve featured the Valentino bow-toes a number of time already, but how ridiculous are these Fendis (watch out — you may break your ankle in these puppies — $690, Nordstrom)?
Ladylike and edgy at the same time. Love with a capital L.