For something so old, lace has a way of always looking new. As spring approaches, we’re seeing short-sleeve lace dresses in trendy new hues. Lace details on shoes and handbags. Lace shorts and skirts, and many lace-front tops.
“What fun lace is right now. No need to cringe at the word. It’s not your mother’s lace. This season, lace has a new attitude. It’s every-age appropriate and meant to be seen, not hidden,” said local image consultant Marybeth Hallmark.
And it has a charm that’s hard to beat. Lord & Taylor names lacey cutouts as one of its top trends for spring, describing the look as “dramatic and romantic, modern and vintage at once.”
While some lace pieces are lined, others have an open design that is very see-through. That’s where a store’s three-way mirror comes in while trying something on, Hallmark said. Before purchasing – or leaving the house once you own it – make sure you pay attention to what you are wearing under it, from all sides.
Remember, too, a little lace goes a long way.
“Lace is like a spice. Add just a touch. It’s a subtle pattern. It should whisper, not shout,” Hallmark said.
A few of her tips for bringing some lace into your wardrobe:
• Add a versatile lace-front layering piece such as a cami, tank or tee.“You can flash your fashion savvy for a polished office look under a cardigan or jacket by purchasing the coordinating color cami,” Hallmark said, via email. Depending on the style, that same piece might work with jeans on weekends.
• Update within your comfort zone, such as selecting a blouse with lace just on the sleeves. “You can wear the trend without being risque,” Hallmark said.
• Tiptoe into the lace trend with accessories. “A lace scarf is one way to freshen up last season’s blouse, add some class to a plain tee or tuck under the collar of your spring jacket,” she said.
The lace trend spills over into home decor. Better Homes and Gardens magazine features modern lacelike pieces in its February issue, including the laser-engraved doily wall clock (uncommonhandmade.com) and ceramic pendant light fixture with lace pattern (shadesoflight.com).
Pier 1 offers the Lacy collection of aqua dinnerware with a raised floral pattern inspired by vintage lace. Pieces include a cake stand, teapot, dessert plate, serving platter and bowl.
York wallcoverings offers several lace-inspired patterns, including a white-on-silver pattern called Modern Lace.
You’ll even find tiles based on fabric lace patterns. The brand AKDO offers its Lace Collection of mosaics that incorporate mirror and marble in three designs – Curve, Tulip and Vine.
“You can use them as a wall accent, a feature wall, a border in the floor, or you can lay them in to look like a lace area rug,” said Karen Mattoon, from the Tile Shoppe at Homestone Gallery, 4401 Walden Ave., Lancaster.
As Hallmark put it: Embrace the lace.