Rooney Mara did not disappoint in her black lace Givenchy gown from the designer's Spring 2012 couture collection at last night's 2012 Met Gala. And not only did she not disappoint, she made quite the sexy statement in her dramatic sheer lace skirt with killer thigh-high side slit. Black lace is something that every girl needs in her closet for many reasons. The first being Rooney Mara, but also because it's a classic that will remain relevant for years to come. And depending on the cut and fit, it can be super sexy, like Rooney's, or sophisticated. Inspired by Rooney, we've picked a handful of our favorite black lace dresses for you to shop now!
Lace cropped up on the prettiest looks at Valentino, Erdem, and more of the Spring collections we loved. Now we're eking out the same ultra-feminine pieces to give our seasonal wardrobe a girlier tilt. From the prettiest kinds of little lace dresses (perfect for cocktails or even a music festival) to a sweet lacy romper, you may find that each of these isn't just absolutely adorable, but incredibly versatile. We zeroed in on easy silhouettes, gorgeous hues, and unexpected detailing for lacy finds with statement-power. Click on for 15 lace-adorned pieces that will make you feel really pretty.
The navy lace Diane von Furstenberg dress that actress Emily VanCamp wore to an LA event honoring her show Revenge is pretty, but it's the pairing of the navy dress with yellow Brian Atwood sandals that really excites us here. The navy lace brings elegance to the yellow, while yellow lends major spunk to navy. And it's a color and style combo that can be worked off the red carpet for work and for play. At the office, tuck a navy lace blouse into a black pencil skirt and finish off with yellow pumps and a black cardigan. Then for play, pair a navy lace top with black skinny jeans and yellow flats. If you love Emily's pretty-cum-sassy look as much as we do, shop similar pieces for everyday below.
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We saw ladylike lace all over the Spring runways, from designers like Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Nanette Lepore — and whether in traditional black and white or brighter hues like red, lime green, and blue, we caught the urge to jump on the bandwagon. It's one of those materials that can instantly go from sweet to sexy, depending on your choice of shoes and accessories, and looks pretty and feminine no matter what. Today we're looking to get the trend for under $100 — and it just so happens there are some amazing finds that come in under budget. Click through to shop!
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.