2 Dec 2014

What To Wear For A Night Out in Paris? I’m Going To Say, Lace

place vendome, carla coulson, departure lounge, vicki archer

What to wear for a night out in Paris?

I am going to say, lace.

Carla captured this evocative Parisian night in the Place Vendôme.

The street lights, the two looking out from the balcony at the Christmas decorations and Boucheron, one of the most beautiful jewellery houses in the world.

How glamorous and romantic Paris looks?

It’s Cyber Monday, I promised shopping edits and my inspiration came from Carla’s photograph.

There is one thought in my mind today after thinking of Paris and that is lace.

I will be in Paris next week and lace is definitely going in the suitcase beside the leather and the cashmere.

Lace is one of my most favourite “extras” in the wardrobe. I love it dressed up and I wear it dressed down.

Lace is feminine, elegant and ageless. Lace looks wonderful worn with jeans, with sneakers or with heels and an elegant coat.

I have been adding lace pieces to my wardrobe for twenty years and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Paris and lace… a very pretty pair. Don’t you think? xv


Lace It Up

Valentino Spring 2013 Paris Fashion Week

valentino spring collection last year


** dessy lace overlay  //  betsey johnson lace trim  //  **electric blue lace sheath

***cynthia steffe lace yoke  //  ***cynthia steffe satin band  //  ***cynthia steffe half sleeve  //  jason wu  //  leila rose

** illusion yoke in nude/black  //  adrianna papell in red  //  valentino lace 



**miguelina lace pencil  //  dvf scotia lace pencil  //  **rebecca taylor flared  //  **alice+olivia full lace

on top

j.crew guipure lace  //  **j.crew mixed lace shell  //  hinge lace sleeve top  //  marchesa short sleeved top  //  yigal azrouel lace tuxedo

wear them with lace

**stuart weitzman heel bootie  //   **stuart weitzman ankle bootie  //  jimmy choo bootie  //  dolce & gabbana lace booties

**new balance sneaker  //   vince calf hair sneaker


**The Best Of Cyber Monday**

nordstrom 40% off  //  neiman marcus gift cards with code GC4YOU  //  j. crew 30-40% off with code MONDAY

shopbop up to 25% off with code GOBIG14  //  matches up to 50% off with code USAFREE  //


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Anita Rivera

Oh yes vicki, YES! PARIS makes any idea an even better lne. I have not worn lace in a long time, but I thinl I will now thst you mention it! So festive and a grest way to bring paris classic into my wardrobe!!! Anita


You must ANita… you would look wonderful in lace ( remeber I have seen pics) and it is such a great look with those full skirts that you love… :)


This photo is so evocative isn’t it… I loved it and it does remind me of many strolls around that beautiful Place Vendôme… and many old French movies that have been filmed there… :)


Vicki thank you for the reminder. I have a black lace blouse that I’ve not worn for awhile…time to get it out!
The Arts by Karena


Lace is timeless. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with lace. It somewhat epitomizes femininity. Great suggestion for evening wear, Vicki.

Marsha @ Splenderosa

Lordy, that Valentino piece is absolutely fabulous. Once you finish wearing it please send it over to me. It’s exactly my style! Have a wonderful visit to Carla and Paris. We all live it with you, you know. xx’s

Esther George

Hi Vicki all I can say is…. beautiful… and I love the look of leather and lace. Thank you for sharing beauty. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS it has been so hot during the day and then the storms come in and it seems to cool down. It would be nice if it continued to be cool at nights, or is that asking for too much?

Roxane Lacroix

Love Carla’s photo, a quick peek into a different life. I headed right for the Mystic blue Tadashi Shoji sheath dress….oh my, it’s my absolute favorite color! I still have a silk dress that color hanging in my closet that I wore to a fabulous NYE party in the late 80s. If only I could get this lace dress! Lately, my style is much more like the Spanish Mule velvet slippers from ODLR which I think would be great with the J Crew Curator pants. J Crew also has two beautiful lace dresses called No. 4 & No.6…found in their wedding collection.


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