Ask The Bean: Lace Me Down

December 30, 2010 • Yahoo


Dear Bean,

I don’t know how to wear lace without looking too extreme or overdone. What crosses that “too much lace” line? I don’t want to buy an overload of lace so do you have any suggestions on pieces that can go from day to night?

Very Truly Yours,

Lace Me Down

Dear Lace Me Down,

This seductive, peek-a-boo textile can be a slippery danger zone and if done recklessly you might find yourself steering into Sleazy Lane instead of Chic Avenue. From pumps and hosiery, to trench coats and dresses, fashionistas are embracing lace for this winter season. Picking the right lace, style and cut of the apparel will help to emulate red carpet status and not Christina Aguilera in Burlesque.

I said peek-a-boo for a reason. Let’s not bear all in a dress with gaping sheer cutouts that show off a tattoo you mistakenly got done on your ribs in college. Choose the right areas to reveal a little extra like shoulders, hemlines or even full backs. White lace for the winter holidays is a given but don’t be afraid to go traditional with black and navy. With a detailed and busy fabric, simple is good.

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