I love the look of all-over lace fabric, but find it can be tricky to work into a more casual wardrobe. While a dress made entirely of lace fabric is sweet and could be made a bit more suitable for everyday wear with the right accessories, it can also look too dressy for some occasions. One trick to add a bit more all-over lace into your wardrobe is to mix it with other, solid fabrics. Below are a few of my favorites from both vintage and contemporary garments that I think exemplify the use of all-over lace in a tasteful way.
I chose this 1950s blouse as an example of a lace-accented garment because of it’s striking resemblance to the Sencha pattern. The front portion is only done in lace, while the hip yoke (hidden by being tucked into a skirt) and back are of an opaque material. This is a great idea for small remnants of lace or short lengths of more expensive laces.
Colored lace as an accent can sometimes be the trickiest to use effectively and in an elegant way. This Erdem pants and blouse ensemble from S/S 2012 is a good example of lace used in a way that could be more casual (especially the blouse). The lace yoke is a very modern treatment with it’s sheer quality. It would be easy to incorporate this lace yoke detail on both blouses and dresses.
Paired with a solid skirt (in this case—but it could easily be flipped to a lace skirt with a solid bodice instead) is a fantastic way to dress-down all-over lace. More casual fabrics, like this sheer cotton (lightweight linen would also be a great summer option), are a nice contrast to the see-through lace top. Note the half-lined bodice lining for modesty—great idea! I also love the piping details that pull the skirt fabric to the bodice neckline and sleeves.