21 Aug 2015

Lace Up: Lace Is In

patrick demarchelier photographing for vogue china in april 2015

Lace is back.

Not that it was ever out.

At this time of the year it is hard to become motivated with what to wear. The summer styles feel slightly over and yet the autumn/winter looks are too heavy.

I have been searching for an addition to make my tired pants-and-tee-shirt-with-a-jacket look fresher and more on trend.

Lace is the answer and a blouse to be specific.

patrick demarchelier photographing lace for vogue china in april 2015patrick demarchelier photographing lace for vogue china in april 2015


This coming season the mood is romantic when it comes to blouses.

Frills, bows, pin tucks and pleats add a feminine take to our classics. A detailed blouse and a pair of tailored pants with heels or even Oxfords are an easy mid-season approach. Add a leather jacket or 3/4 duster coat if you live in a city like London; you never know when the temperature will drop or the skies open up.

Two lace beauties have come to my attention and one perfect blouse with a tie neck.

The tie neck blouse looks fabulous when worn tied like a man’s necktie.  The “Windsor” style knot can sit slightly below the collarbone. This is a really cute look worn with pinstriped trousers and the lace-ups.

The beauty of pairing the formal with the romantic is that each complements the other. Not too frilly, not too straight; just right. Overly detailed blouses with busy skirts or pants can look fussy. All tailored and we lose the sexy.

Mix and matching fashion is how it works best.

My feeling is that the ultimate blouse is the new “essential” for this season’s wardrobe. I’m making it mine, xv.

Lace Up

rebecca taylor silk and lace blouse // alexis salvatore lace tie front blouse  // lafayette148 new york louise silk blouse


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Love lace. The Robert Cavalli Milan spring RTW range had some beautiful white lace tops and dresses. Some a bit risqué but could probably have been adapted. Best wishes, Pamela

Anita Rivera

Good morning Vicki!

You are right; the weather is changing for us just enough to warrant flannel pyjamas, but not quite cold enough for autumn fashions during the day! A lacy blouse with maybe a light cardigan could work for me for the month of September….hmmm…..great idea, Vicki!


You know at first I thought, no I couldn’t pull this off… too pale. But then I looked at the model in the top photo and she’s every bit as pale as me… so maybe. I do sort of love it. xoxo


I don’t know where on earth some of you fine ladies live where it’s cooling off — I’m still sweltering up here in western Canada where half my province is aflame with wildfires — but I like the thought. I actually bought a semi-sheer, loose-fitting lace shirt 2 weeks ago just because it looked so refreshingly cool (in the temperature rather than style sense of the word) & have been wearing it almost non-stop, this in spite of the fact I have *never* thought of myself as a lace kind of girl. I doubt I’ll be wearing anything with ruffles or ties any time soon, but lace? I’m a convert. And your examples are just gorgeous, Vicki.

Candice @ NotesFromABroad

Years and years ago, at least 20, my husband bought me the most fantastic lace blouse. all lace, no lining, long sleeves with droopy ruffles over the hand, in an almost flesh color pink/beige .. He bought it at Henri Bendels in NYC.. I still have it .. it still is an attention getter and gorgeous and the way the ruffle on the wrist droops over the hand, makes me feel like one of those characters in book or movie in her gown .. I love lace :)


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