Trend Alert: Lace

by Chloe Karaskiewicz

Lace has a long history in the fashion industry. Since in the 15th century, the trend has kept a constant presence in accents and accessories—from lace trimmed garments to lace headbands. Lace overlay was revived on the 2011 Fall runway by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Bottega Veneta, and Prabal Gurung. For the spring and summer the trend is represented in shorts, tees, skirts, and most prominently, dresses.

The trend for spring and summer keeps the colors and fabrics light with vibrant colors and summer whites. Around campus and on the red carpet, white lace is becoming more and more prevalent. Black lace may be sexy, but white is sweet and summery and during the long sunny days, there is no better way to embrace the trend.

An offshoot of the lace trend is a focus on eyelet fabrics this summer. J. Crew has a collection of brightly colored eyelet pencil skirts for the season while Vera Wang’s Spring/Summer 2012 runway show featured structured tops made from a similar material.

Urban Outfitters’ spring collection includes many lace items including this coral minidress, a sweet top with daisy detailing, and black lace tap shorts. And Bona Drag shows off a sexy red number with an asymmetrical hemline.

For fall and evening wear, the lace transitions to darker colors like blacks, browns, and navy blues. We all know Kate Middleton has an affinity for lace overlay after her choice in wedding dress, but she also wore the trend in a darker fashion with a black overlay gown this year and a navy blue day dress while jet-setting in the fall.

The key to this trend is to remember that it is lingerie inspired, not underwear as outerwear. Most pieces come with a second layer under the lace overlay but many also come solo so it is important to pick pieces that can be worn tastefully. Because of the intricate designs of lace and other crocheted fabrics, accessorize an overlay outfit lightly.

Enjoy the summer weather in this chic and breezy trend!

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