Spring ’13 Fashion Trend: Lace Overlay

March 28, 2013 • Fashion Blog, Trends


Granted lace is nothing new. It has been back on trend for a few seasons now, but personally I have not yet embraced it. Once again the spring 2013 runways were awash in lace (Oscar de la Renta, Burberry Prorsum, Ellie Saab, Stella McCartney, and countless more). From frilly lace dresses, to lace-applique and embellishments to my new favorite…lace overlay, it’s clear lace isn’t going anywhere any time soon. At first I was a little apprehensive of lace overlay (a layer of lace over contrasting cuts, colors or patterns). Could I pull it off? When I saw a photo of Kristen Stewart in an Erdem spring 2013 lace overlay dress over what appeared to be a silk bra and tap pants to a premiere of On The Road in NYC, I thought, eek! That’s awful! And in that case it was. Then I noticed a photo of Connie Britton wearing a Lela Rose lace overlay sheath earlier this year and thought she looked beautiful and age appropriate.

So I have looked into the trend a little further. It turns out you don’t need to be a celebrity or 21 to pull off this look. When you wear lace overlay, it tones down the lace effect and can make it look, dare I say…a little edgy? The Lela Rose wrap effect chiffon and lace gown (pictured in #6 above) literally makes my heart skip a beat. So what are other ways you can work lace overlay into your wardrobe that isn’t a dress? Well you could try shorts and pair them with a simple tee. Or my favorite…a lace overlay top with a leather jacket because I like the mix of ultra-feminine with masculine. Is lace overlay something you might like to try? Look no further, we found 10 perfect lace overlay pieces for you to check out:

1. Jason Wu Embellished Lace and Silk-chiffon Gown, $3,995

2. L’Wren Scott Lace Overlay Printed Dress, $2650

3. Anna Sui Lace-covered Printed Silk Shorts, $191

4. Nanette Lepore Pep Rally Lace Dress, now $278.60

5. Tadashi Shoji Lace Overlay Dress, $368

6. Lela Rose Wrap-effect Silk-chiffon and Lace Dress, $1,895

7. Milly Lace Boatneck Dress, $435

8. Maggy London Print Lace Overlay Sheath Dress, $168

9. Vince Camuto Sleeveless Lace Blouse, $129

10. Milly Stella Floral-lace Dress, $435

– Lauren Dimet Waters

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