How To Wear A Lace Dress… This Is How It’s Done

Lace as we know it probably originated in the sixteenth century, although fine nets were swishing around for centuries before that.  Needles or bobbins spun silky threads in dreamy colours for the adornment of modish outfits of the day.    Ever since then, we’ve been looking for new ways to wear lace, and 2015 is no different.

This is how you style it:

The lace dress suggests a mixture of sophistication and purity and a shift version is versatile enough to be dressed up or down, feminised or brutalised, chic or casual.

  • Keep it simple

Don’t crowd the intricacies of lace with fussy accessories – keep them to a minimum.   Choose heels for elegance and symmetry, or be more shouty with block-heeled ankle boots beneath a flimsy midi or maxi.  You will need nothing else!

  • Start slowly

If you shy away from an all-over effect, stick to filigree trims and details instead – edge floral prints with black lace.  Or simply carry a lace-covered handbag – make it a focal point by plumping for a bold colour.

Introduce openwork sleeves or a crocheted kimono.  Before you know it you’ll be hooked, and lacework will creep into your wardrobe unannounced.

  • Vary your options

Simple doesn’t have to mean basic though.  Add a touch (or two) of class by throwing a blazer over your frock.  Try off-white over deep blue, and finish with a string of pearls and satin heels for simplicity with flair.

Go for a full-skirted dress  with a narrow  belt or a body-hugger with a pencil skirt, and pair with a denim jacket for some street style.

  • Night and day

A lacy bodice will see your little black number ready for when the cocktails come your way.  Earlier, be day-time demure in white with taupe gladiator sandals, or make a statement by adding black footwear and a fedora instead.

  • Experiment with colours

Even though we’re saying don’t overdo it, some thought will lift your outfit beyond the ordinary.  Offset pastels with similar pale shades, such as pallid pink and lemon, baby blue and beige or cream and coffee to suggest a well thought-out total look.  And red lace or hot pink would be stunning!

Wear a lace dress for sex appeal but work allure with class, and you’ll have a classic that’s never off-trend.  Keep it simple in a fashion that we’re confident will be rocking for another five hundred years or so!

The featured photo is of Jessica R. wearing a light blue laced dress from Aldo

Jessica R. looks utterly elegant in this stunning lace dress, worn with strappy stilettos and a leather bag for a perfect evening style. Wear this look for formal occasions and be sure to steal the show!   Dress/Heels: Marks & Spencers.

Jessica R. looks utterly elegant in this stunning lace dress, worn with strappy stilettos and a leather bag for a perfect evening style. Wear this look for formal occasions and be sure to steal the show!

Dress/Heels: Marks & Spencers.

Annabelle Fleur could simply not look more feminine, stunning us in a gorgeous red lace dress and a pair of chunky and colourful espadrilles. Wear this style to achieve instant glamour! Dress: Revolve, Espadrilles: Soludos, Bag: Chloe.

Annabelle Fleur could simply not look more feminine, stunning us in a gorgeous red lace dress and a pair of chunky and colourful espadrilles. Wear this style to achieve instant glamour!

Dress: Revolve, Espadrilles: Soludos, Bag: Chloe.

Beatrice Gutu oozes femininity in this beautifully intricate white lace dress, with button up detailing and a patterned hem. Pair a dress like this with a hat and strappy sandals to steal this wonderful style! Dress: Zimmermann.

Beatrice Gutu oozes femininity in this beautifully intricate white lace dress, with button up detailing and a patterned hem. Pair a dress like this with a hat and strappy sandals to steal this wonderful style!

Dress: Zimmermann.

Barbora Ondrackova is absolutely killing it in this gorgeous sky blue dress with lace detailing. Paired simply with black sandals and a white clutch, this outfit is perfect for any summer occasion. Dress: Topshop, Heels: Asos, Bag: Chanel.

Barbora Ondrackova is absolutely killing it in this gorgeous sky blue dress with lace detailing. Paired simply with black sandals and a white clutch, this outfit is perfect for any summer occasion.

Dress: Topshop, Heels: Asos, Bag: Chanel.

Choosing a blush pink lace dress like this one is the perfect way to get a sexy chic look which simply oozes femininity! Christine Andrew wears this look with a pair of stilettos and neutral accessories. Dress: Nordstrom.

Choosing a blush pink lace dress like this one is the perfect way to get a sexy chic look which simply oozes femininity! Christine Andrew wears this look with a pair of stilettos and neutral accessories.

Dress: Nordstrom.

Wearing a blush pink lace dress is the ultimate way to display your femininity and elegance! Lina Dinh looks cute and formal in this intricate pink lace dress from Zara, worn with a pair of neutral heels and a black leather tote. Dress: Zara, Bag: Mansur Gavriel, Pumps: Kurt Geiger London.

Wearing a blush pink lace dress is the ultimate way to display your femininity and elegance! Lina Dinh looks cute and formal in this intricate pink lace dress from Zara, worn with a pair of neutral heels and a black leather tote.

Dress: Zara, Bag: Mansur Gavriel, Pumps: Kurt Geiger London.

Rachel Parcell looks absolutely angelic in this beautiful lace dress by Eliza J! Paired with strappy nude heels, this dress is a must have for those warm summer evenings! Dress: Eliza, Heels: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: Saint Laurent.

Rachel Parcell looks absolutely angelic in this beautiful lace dress by Eliza J! Paired with strappy nude heels, this dress is a must have for those warm summer evenings!

Dress: Eliza, Heels: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: Saint Laurent.

Wear a lace dress with a bunched up tan coat to steal Negin Mirsalehi’s beautiful winter style. Try pairing an aztec style bag with this look to further enhance it’s authenticity! Outfit: Alberta Ferretti, Boots: Philosophy.

Wear a lace dress with a bunched up tan coat to steal Negin Mirsalehi’s beautiful winter style. Try pairing an aztec style bag with this look to further enhance it’s authenticity!

Outfit: Alberta Ferretti, Boots: Philosophy.

A black lace dress has it all; sex appeal, style, and the ultimate sophistication. Kat Tanita wears this black plunge neck maxi dress with a statement red mac and simple heeled sandals; a look perfect for day or night! Dress: Zimmermann, Coat: Zara, Heels: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: Chanel.

A black lace dress has it all; sex appeal, style, and the ultimate sophistication. Kat Tanita wears this black plunge neck maxi dress with a statement red mac and simple heeled sandals; a look perfect for day or night!

Dress: Zimmermann, Coat: Zara, Heels: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: Chanel.

Black and white will always make a winning combination, and the lace trend is no exception! Silvia Garcia rocks a gorgeous white lace mini dress worn with a cute leather jacket and pale pastel heels. Dress: Antik Batik, Shoes: Zara, Jacket: Mango, Bag: Chanel.

Black and white will always make a winning combination, and the lace trend is no exception! Silvia Garcia rocks a gorgeous white lace mini dress worn with a cute leather jacket and pale pastel heels.

Dress: Antik Batik, Shoes: Zara, Jacket: Mango, Bag: Chanel.

Dark lace is definitely the most sexy way to wear the trend. This black midi dress from French Connection looks amazing worn with ankle boots and casual shades, but could also be dressed up with heels for evening wear. Via Mary Seng. Dress/Boots: French Connection.

Dark lace is definitely the most sexy way to wear the trend. This black midi dress from French Connection looks amazing worn with ankle boots and casual shades, but could also be dressed up with heels for evening wear. Via Mary Seng.

Dress/Boots: French Connection.

Noor De Groot wears a gorgeous layered lace dress with studded ankle boots and a cute cream bag. Dress: Zara, Boots: Fab. by Fabienne, Bag: Chanel.

Noor De Groot wears a gorgeous layered lace dress with studded ankle boots and a cute cream bag.

Dress: Zara, Boots: Fab. by Fabienne, Bag: Chanel.

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This mid length lace dress looks so smart with a pair of a black heels and black bag. Via Sandra Hagelstam

Dress: Whistles, Jacket: Acne, Heels: Gianvito Rossi

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Compliment a white button-up lace dress with a pair of black boots! Via Beatrice Gutu

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Red lace and black heels create an absolutely stunning look! Via Sarah Butler

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A red lace dress is always going to make you look irresistible! Via sillaparamibolsoblog

Dress: Silvia Navarro

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Marianna Mäkelä’s cut out flower dress is perfect if you’re looking for something formal!

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Go for the backless look in style, like Silvia Garcia, wearing this white floor length lace dress!

Dress: Charo Ruiz Ibiza

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Lace dresses don’t always have to be black and white! In fact, Wendy Nguyen is looking gorgeous in this mint lace dress with a beige trench coat!

Jacket: Burberry, Dress: Free People, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

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Kat Tanita shows us the best way to wear lace in this white, strapless midi dress paired with a leather jacket and black heels!

Dress: Collective, Jacket: Joie, Heels: Stuart Weitzman

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Annabelle Fleur is looking effortlessly classic in this white lace dress with matching white heels!

Dress: Guipure, Sandals: Saint Laurent, Clutch: Flutter of Hope

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Look classy in white in this lacy dress with a clutch and heels! Via Christine Andrew 

Dress: Lulu’s fashion Lounge, Heels: Lulu’s fashion Lounge

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This cream lace dress combined with a blue purse is perfect for those summer nights! Via Silvia Postolatiev

Dress: Liu Jo, Purse: H&M

If you are a bit more daring you could opt for a somewhat see-through lace dress. This works particularly well on the beach. Via Sandra Willer Dress: H&M

If you are a bit more daring you could opt for a somewhat see-through lace dress. This works particularly well on the beach. Via Sandra Willer

Dress: H&M

Add a matching panama hat and lace up’s to your lace dress and you are good to go. Via Chriselle Lim Dress/Hat: Express, Shoes: Valentino

Add a matching panama hat and lace up’s to your lace dress and you are good to go. Via Chriselle Lim

Dress/Hat: Express, Shoes: Valentino

Probably the easiest way to pull off a white lace dress outfit is to accessorise it with a black bag and a black moto leather jacket. That works. Via Silvia Garcia Dress/Bag: Sézane

Probably the easiest way to pull off a white lace dress outfit is to accessorise it with a black bag and a black moto leather jacket. That works. Via Silvia Garcia

Dress/Bag: Sézane

Natasha Ndlovu in a white lace maxi dress from Golden Rose

Natasha Ndlovu in a white lace maxi dress from Golden Rose. The orange bag spruce up the outfit nicely.

White Bohemian Lace Dress: Silvia Garcia is wearing a lace white Maje dress with a sheer lining

White Bohemian Lace Dress: Silvia Garcia is wearing a lace white Maje dress with a sheer lining

Lace Dress In Black: Amy Spencer is wearing a Darccy lace dress

Lace Dress In Black: Amy Spencer is wearing a Darccy lace dress

Natalia Cabezas shows how you can wear a yellow lace dress with beige shoes and bag Dress: Cosette, Bag: Saint Laurent Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Natalia Cabezas shows how you can wear a yellow lace dress with beige shoes and bag

Dress: Cosette, Bag: Saint Laurent Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Mirian Perez is in an elegant nude maxi lace dress

Mirian Perez is in an elegant nude maxi lace dress

Grey bag and blush pink shoes and lace dress. Great combination. Via Christine Andrew Dress: Tadashi Shoji, Bag: Skagen, Shoes: Kurt Geiger

Grey bag and blush pink shoes and lace dress. Great combination. Via Christine Andrew

Dress: Tadashi Shoji, Bag: Skagen, Shoes: Kurt Geiger

How To Wear A Lace Dress: Julia Engel is wearing a blush pink lace Chicwish dress

How To Wear A Lace Dress: Julia Engel is wearing a blush pink lace Chicwish dress

Larisa Costea is wearing a white floral print lace dress from Prada, shoes from Choies and a red bag from Cmood

Larisa Costea is wearing a white floral print lace dress from

Christine Andrew is wearing a pink lace dress from DKNY, shoes from Prabal Guru and a neon clutch from Nila Anth

Christine Andrew is wearing a pink lace dress from DKNY

Natalie Suarez is wearing a white lace dress, and shoes from Shoeline.com

Natalie Suarez is wearing a white lace dress, and shoes from Shoeline.com

Rachel Parcell is wearing a white lace dress from Cynthia Steffe, clutch from Saint Laurent and the sunglasses are from Karen Walker

Rachel Parcell is wearing a white lace dress from Cynthia Steffe

Zina Charkoplia is wearing a whtie lace dress from H&M, bag from Proenza Schouler, boots from Balenciagam and sunglasses from Opening Ceremony

Zina Charkoplia is wearing a white lace dress from H&M

Stella Wants To Die is wearing a white lace dress from Free People, bag from Gucci and the hat is from Urban Outfitters

Stella Wants To Die is wearing a white lace dress from Free People

How To Wear A Lace Dress: Kat Tanita is wearing a black lace dress from Lovers, Tan clutch and shoes from Yves Saint Laurent and Stuart Weitzman respectively

How To Wear A Lace Dress: Kat Tanita is wearing a black lace dress from Lovers