Enter Into The Magical World Of Lace
As a style writer and fashion design student I have encountered many different textures and materials throughout my days – because of this, I constantly find myself scrutinizing different trends, many of which end up altering my personal style. All of this has recently brought me to lace: a key component in my 2017 wardrobe. Though I tend to be more into street style and casual “basics” there’s something about lace that truly fascinates and inspires me. Take a look below, and hopefully, it will inspire you too.
Lace throughout history
Oh she has been here for a very long time. Some of the most iconic looks of all time have been crowned by this wonderful material. It’s said that lace became popular towards the end of 15th century, discovered by the Milanese Sforza family. Later, in the 16th century, it began to be seen in the paintings of a Queen Elizabeth I (in her iconic white dress with ruffs), and later in the 17th century in the paintings of Charles I and Henrietta Maria of England – with their luxurious lace collars. It was also popular in the time of Prince Charles Louis and his brother (in armors and lace collars), and with Marie Antoinette a la Rose in 1783. The list goes on and on all the way to the 20th and 21st centuries, where a 1923 issue of Grazia featured a young girl in a gorgeous white lace dress by a bright window. Then came the iconic Paris Moulin Rouge dancer in 1926, Grace Kelly’s lace wedding dress in 1956, Princess Diana’s lace wedding dress in 1985, Duchess Catherine’s wedding dress etc. Oh, and let’s not forget the shocking and immensely iconic black lace shirt from Madonna’s Vogue shoot! Who would’ve known that now, centuries later, we’d see the same flawless lace all over fashion shows throughout the world.
Types of lace
There are too many of them to mention, yet they all tend to be classified by the way in which the lace is made. The most notorious are:
- Needle lace – Patterns are made with needle and thread by stitching thousands of small stitches. This form originated in Armenia, in the pre-Christian era.
- Bobbin lace – Patterns are made by twisting and braiding thread with the help of bobbins. This form originated in 16th century Italy.
- Crocheted lace – The threads for this type are much finer and the main goal is to make the piece of lace as decorative as it can be. Flowers, wiggled lines, stars, etc.
How to wear lace
Now this is the tricky part. A fine lace can make you look like a million bucks, but a synthetic one may just have the opposite effect. Here’s how to achieve the million-dollar look using the lace you deserve:
- Less is better – Lace already draws a great deal of attention to itself – which is why keeping your lace accents to a minimum is key to achieving an elegant look. One lace piece per outfit and you’re good to go.
- Layer, layer layer – We all know about the translucent quality of lace, which is why elegant layering is so crucial when trying to keep things classy.
- Use it as an accessory – handbags, jewelry, tights. Nothing says “effortlessly chic” like lace does.
- Let yourself enjoy the extravagant – Once in while, spice things up with a red lacy number or long evening dress. Statement lace is certainly a city girl must-have.
- Be cautious – Lace is a very delicate material which needs to be handled with special care. Check tags for washing instructions and always hang to dry. When it comes to lace, forget about the drying machine.
Now that you know it all, enjoy the fairytale feeling that this glamorous material brings. After all, life is wonderful when you’re a metropolitan princess draped in classy lace!
Article written by Claire Hastings, edited by Rosa Sanchez.