January 7, 2013

Loving Lovely Lace

Image Credits (top left, clockwise): Fabric Stock Exchange, Neiman Marcus, Chictopia, Chloe, Stella McCartney

Call me a lover of perforated fabrics. I've made no secret of my adoration of eyelet. There's something fashionably appealing about the delicate airiness of openwork cloth. Lace gives me a similar feeling. Although the art of handcrafting the fabric has been lost over the years, what we see in stores today is artfully made by machines of course but its beauty has not been lost entirely.

At one time, most often used for lingerie, bridal gowns and decorative table covers, you can now find lace being worn for day with jeans, on gorgeous cocktail dresses and interwoven into our favorite accessories. A long way from tablecloths and napkins, for sure. No matter how you choose to incorporate it into your wardrobe, keep this in mind: too much it and you risk walking a fine line between Victoria's Secret and Victorian times.

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