Diane Kruger always chooses the most exquisite red-carpet gowns, like her latest Erdem lace number. While this look is fitting for a fancy dinner in Paris, like the one Diane attended, you would need a super-fancy occasion to pull it off. Since most of us aren't invited to chichi soirees overseas, why not get inspired by Diane's sheer overlay detail and rock it in your everyday life? Whether it's a skirt or a dress, here are a handful of picks that will create a subtly sexy peekaboo effect with your limbs. Sport your sheer with heels for a nighttime look, or for something a bit more casual, throw on boots or flats with a chunky sweater up top.
Lace makes us feel ladylike, girlie, and just a little flirtatious — we've fallen for the trend for these very reasons. Maybe you have a little lace dress hanging in your closet, or maybe a new pair of lacy shorts for the holiday season. Whatever the case, we're looking to give them a little more love, and drawing from an inspired group of laced celebrity looks to give our outfits a creative update. Inside, we've culled a week's worth of the trend on a few of our favorite celeb stylers — from Jaime King's pretty shift dress to Chloe Moretz's edgier lace bottoms, this crew is guaranteed to give your style a little boost. Just click through to see and shop seven perfect ways to wear lace now.
While white lace makes us feel girlie and romantic, in a darker palette, the feel is something else entirely. Moody blue and black lace are more vampy than girlie, as Olivia Palermo, Chloë Moretz, and Lea Michele prove in their lace confections. Olivia channels an almost gothic-inspired style, thanks to a long, sheer skirt to complement a black lace top, while Chloë's ladylike Dolce & Gabbana frock feels a touch edgier with black lace applique. As for Lea, the look is straight-up sexy, with a higher hemline and sultry, curve-hugging navy lace on her Asos dress. There's something sexier and a little subversive about lace hues that go against the ladylike creams and white — besides, the deeper tones happen to look fantastic for Fall.
When it comes to quintessentially feminine dressing, the little lace dress is nearly unmatched in its ability to be both girly and sultry. While a touch of it can feel dainty and delicate, a full-length lace gown or lacy body-con shift can rocket you into bombshell territory. The proof is in this celebrity lookbook, and the slew of lace variations worn by our favorite style setters. From sophisticated, lace-trimmed gowns, like Olivia Wilde's, to the flirtier side of things, like the colorful little lace dresses on Jayma Mays and Malin Akerman, there are more than a few ways to outfit the super-femme fabric. Just click through for a look at 15 celebrity styles to inspire — then shop the looks for your own perfect little lace dress.
Lace is one of Fall's dominant trends, and the lacy confections coming down the runways at Elie Saab, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jason Wu felt simultaneously sweet and sexy. It's a call to ladylike dressing, albeit with a sultry undertone. That's what we love about lace; it speaks to femininity in two ways and makes us feel both prim and hot. With that in mind, we've rounded up 15 of our favorite lace dresses that hit all the style qualifications we're after. Some hint at that girlier sensibility with pink lace and full skirts, others to our sexier side in black body-conscious lace. Click through to shop all of our picks, and find the style that speaks to you.
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Nina Ricci, Alberta Ferretti, Elie Saab, and Marchesa set the mood for romance on the Fall '11 runways — but we're in the mood right now. Apparently, so are some of our favorite celebs, showing up in breezy florals, sheer details, and delicate lace. Zoe Saldana, in a creamy, flower-print halter from Chloé 2012 Resort, makes us want one our of own gorgeous rendition for afternoons out or cocktails in the backyard. With Blake Lively in Chanel and Diane Kruger in pink lace, we're reminded just how chic feminine details can be. Let's all indulge a little romance and whimsy to live out the last days of Summer. Shop our editor's picks to channel the trend.
>> Play on to the dark side. Jason Wu showed inky florals for Resort 2011, Valentino offered vines of black lace for Spring 2011, and coming soon for Fall 2011? A whole host of enigmatic blossoms in dusky hues from the likes of Bensoni, Chris Benz, and Lanvin (left), just to name a few. Victorian drama, it seems, is here to stay. Slip into the long shadows of Summer with these darkly romantic pieces — and let them linger straight through Fall.
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Is Nicky Hilton reading our collective Fab mind? We recently wrote about the white lace trend for Spring, just after we highlighted contemporary designer Charles Henry as one of five up-and-coming designers to watch. Behold, Nicky Hilton looking tan and gorgeous in a short lace dress by — you guessed it — Charles Henry. Love the look? We found a Charles Henry lace top ($258) and skirt ($285) that could be worn together or would look great separately.
Gabrielle Union looked sweet and chic at the Nintendo 3DS launch in Hollywood. Taking a cue from Spring's crochet and lace trend, the actress paired a textural shift dress by Sea along with a Theory camel leather blazer ($745). Off-white sandals, drop earrings, and a decadent oversized python satchel ($3,190) complete her inspiring ensemble — click our similar and exact picks above to get the same look! Also, don't forget to check out CelebStyle for lots more celebrity street style!
It's no secret that eyelet and lace are a must-wear this season. Their sweet, frilly vibe practically sings Spring in every form they take — on dresses, skirts, shorts, and tees. We love that you can rev them up or tone them down depending on your mood, and for those who fear their overt femininity, stay with us — we've got five fresh ways to outfit yourself in this Spring's lacy, eyelet pieces!