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Trend We Love: Not-So-Ladylike Lace

Trends We Love November 07, 2012

Lace has long been at the pinnacle of femininity, but this season, we’ve seen the openwork fabric paired with everything but ladylike silhouettes. Instead, it’s making a statement alongside leather, studs, and chunky jewelry in shapes that favor structure over the soft, sheer pieces of the past.

One shape we can’t get enough of when mixed with a bold, lacy print: peplum. While a little flare at the waistline gives any outfit a girly touch, the layered structure fits in seamlessly with edgier accessories. An asymmetric leather jacket pairs perfectly with a peplum dress, while an all-over studded mini skirt infuses a peplum bustier’s flare with a little flair.

Lace-like prints look great on shapes we’ve borrowed from the boys, especially when it means metallic gold against a classic black blazer. Add a studded belt or chain-link jewelry to the ensemble and your not-so-ladylike look is complete. Just don’t forget to replace those trusty old pumps with a kicky pair of lacy, curved-heel booties.

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