One sure-fire way to add instant sex appeal to your holiday wardrobe is lace. Lace has always been sexy. This most likely has something to do with the fact that it gives the illusion of bare skin while still keeping the skin covered up. Lace is also ultra-feminine because it is so delicate; however it gives a look an added edge at the same time. Lace is almost a fashion enigma. It can look haute if worn correctly, and very cheap if worn incorrectly. If you choose lace as part of your holiday fashion arsenal this year, stick to these guidelines and you are guaranteed to look fabulous.
DOstick to basic or muted colors if lace is going to be the centerpiece of your outfit- i.e. a lace top.
DON’Tpair a bold lace top with a bold colored skirt or any other statement piece of clothing. You are sure to create visual chaos.
DOmake lace an accent to your outfit. The perfect way to do this is to pair a lace camisole with a cardigan or plunging V-neck sweater.
DOthink outside the box when it comes to lace. Lace shoes can be a very sexy accessory to a holiday party dress.
DON’Tshow off too much skin. Lace is about accentuating the mysteriousness of women. All of that is shattered if you wear lace and expose a good bit of skin.
Lace tops are everywhere this season. They are a fantastic addition to your wardrobe as an alternative to a dress for a formal occasion. Pair a long sleeve lace top like this open-back dark blue one from Victoria’s Secret with a charcoal gray skirt and a pair of mid-calf boots and you have just created a fashionable, yet comfortable outfit for a special occasion.
Other Recommendations for Lace Tops:
Black Lace Bodysuit from Charlotte Russe ($24.50)
Long-Sleeve Stretch Lace Top in Winter White from Victoria’s Secret ($39.50)
Short Sleeve Lace Knit CrewneckTop from Macy’s($64.99)
Lace Accented Camisoles and Tank Tops
Pair these with a cardigan or a fur shrug to add a little extra punch of sexiness to your outfit:
Greenhouse Effect Lace Green Top from Lulus.com ($31.00)
Vassarette Women’s Body Curves Cami from Target (available in stores)
Lace Accented Shoes
Take the sexiness of lace to your feet with a pair of lace pumps or booties. Wear them with skinny jeans and a dark-colored sweater or pair them with your peacock blue New Year’s Eve dress to look like you stepped right off a Michael Kors runway. DSW offers these two options for lace-accented shoes:
2 Lips Too Too Flare Bootie ($49.95)
Miss Me Jocelyn 30 Lace Pump ($29.94)
Zappos.com is also a fantastic resource for shoes that cannot be found anywhere else. And with free overnight shipping on every order, how can you resist?
Have fun experimenting with lace this holiday season and enjoy the attention it will surely bring. This concludes the Twelve Days of Fashion. I hope you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it. Happy Holidays, Readers and happy shopping!