How to look your best in spring's dainty lace
Ode to an overlay
When Jessica Chastain stepped out in this stunning black lace Oscar de la Renta dress in January, she earned herself an immediate spot on our Look of the Day list. The belled A-line shape, nude underlay, and just-below-the-knee cut of the dress combine to give the frock an incredibly romantic, classy feel. Tadashi Shoji's black lace peplum dress is a gorgeous look inspired by Chastain’s Oscar de la Renta creation. Pair it with a black blazer for work or a sparkling statement necklace for a night on the town.
Tadashi Shoji textured lace peplum dress, $328.
Try it in a t-shirt
The T-shirt is a spring staple, but lace is a fun way to dress up the style. Paired with a pencil skirt, Julianne Hough's lace tee in a deep maroon color looks formal without trying too hard. Make the look your own with this antique rose lace tee from Paul & Joe, which hangs easily and pairs well with white skinnies or a dressier pencil skirt like Hough's.
Paul & Joe lace top, $280.
Skirt the issue
Alexa Chung's blue lace pencil skirt with minimalistic front pockets adds immediate texture to her outfit, and engages the eye without distracting from her classic cream button-down. Tibi's black-on-white Basia cotton-lace skirt is reminiscent of her look, with a cool added contrast element.
Tibi lace overlay skirt, $375.
Dress up your shorts
A layer of lace is a quick way to add an instant dash of sex appeal and class to any pair of shorts. Cody Horn’s pair of lace-embellished black shorts look especially chic with a fitted blazer and bustier top. Madewell’s Lacebloom shorts offer a more conservative (but still cute) take on the actress' look—they would look great with a crisp white button-up top.
Madewell lace shorts, $88.
Create a lacy palette
Dakota Fanning set off her sweet lace Nina Ricci cocktail dress in all white with a pair of metallic Miu Miu loafers and a purple clutch—this BCBGMaxAzria dress we found opens itself up to the same creative accessorizing. Its white color makes the dress a blank canvas for you to create any color scheme you'd like. Try it with emerald, Pantone's color of the year, or on-trend coral.
BCBGMaxAzria lace tunic, $148.