After a 2013 during which the openwork fabric ruled the runways, the streets and the red carpet alike, the lace trend bears a new level of sophistication for 2014, increasing its timeless beauty just when you’d think it can’t possibly get any better. Whether used as a feminine accent, or sported as an overall look, lace is ready to lend your wardrobe with some of its undisputed elegance this season. From tops, to skirts and sophisticated gowns everything points to a regained sense of femininity.

Alongside its timeless quality, the spring 2014 fashion trends bet on lace’s enriched versatility, having designers in pursuit of an enticing color palette, spread across a long line of refined silhouettes and cuts. Envisioned for a smooth transition between day and night, the lace garments became even more irresistible this spring. Learn how the trend progressed and how to make it work for you after the break.

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Lace clothing for spring 2014

By now it comes only natural to consider lace a substantial part of the spring wardrobe, especially as the dainty fabric did nothing but prove its relevance time and time again across the seasons. Both a must-have and the foundation allowing you to channel your creativity all throughout the warmer months, lace for spring 2014 reached a new height, coming across as impossibly refined, while undergoing an entire transformation. Feminine gone luxurious, lace has now modern written all over it.

All white.

Continuing to influence the runways with its ethereal grace, white met lace and the two of them together ended up shaping the one combination to rock all throughout spring and summer 2014. From pretty tops, to elegant ensembles and dainty dresses, there’s no limit to the number of ways allowing you integrate the two in your wardrobe. Key to sporting the trend this spring is to fully embrace your feminine side.

Lace trend spring 2014
All white lace at Balmain, J.Mendel and Elie Saab, S/S ’14


From austere whites, to delicate pastels, the transition appeared to be smooth on the spring 2014 runways. Subtle shades of powder blue, lilac and light yellow managed to perfectly complement this season’s gentle take on lace. At Burberry Prorsum the lightweight fabric redefined the key silhouette of the season, while at Tadashi Shoji and J.Mendel it was effortlessly worked into gorgeous graphic patterns.

Lace trend spring 2014
Pastel lace at Burberry Prorsum, Tadashi Shoji and J.Mendel

Jewel tones.

Last season, the novelty stood in designers trying to integrate lace in bold and unexpected colour palettes. This spring instead, the fearlessness was replaced by an inspired selection of beautiful jewel tones, ranging from emerald green to fuchsia and cerulean blue. Trust these shades to instantly elevate your looks to a state of modern romance, built as always upon a quiet elegance.

Lace trend spring 2014
Jewel toned lace at Elie Saab, Monique Lhuillier and Michael Kors, S/S ’14

Super sheer lace.

Taking lace’s heavenly texture as departing point, the designers showed no boundaries in trying to gift the openwork fabric with an entirely new line of transparency. Going from sheer to super-sheer, this spring encourages you to show a little more skin, while keeping things tasteful and super-stylish. The best way to do it is by playing upon contrast in pairing the light with the heavy.

Lace trend spring 2014
Sheer lace at Burberry Prorsum and Joanna Mastroianni, S/S ’14

Daytime lace.

Key to effortlessly sporting lace during the day is to keep things simple and basic. A lace pencil skirt paired to a classic button-down, a lace top worn under a boyfriend blazer, or a pretty dress that doesn’t come across as too revealing are just some of the examples that will help you keep things on the sophisticated side, even during the early hours.

Lace trend spring 2014
Daytime lace at Honor, Isabel Marant and Nevenka, S/S ’14

Lace as an evening statement.

At night is when lace is granted to morph into a full statement. The most breathtaking lace gowns walked the runway at Naeem Khan, Marchesa and Tom Ford, embodying glamour, romance and dark sensuality with the same ease. A pretty red lip and an easy hairstyle, much like the folkish milkmaid braid, are the only accessories needed when all the charm is meant to be lying in the dress.

Lace trend spring 2014
Lace gowns at Naeem Khan, Marchesa and Tom Ford, S/S ’14

Modern-inspired lace.

What spring 2014 brought to everyone’s attention is a particularly exciting take on the trend, as modern-inspired lace managed to melt the graphic creativity and the fine details into one effective new style. The lace’s unexpected metamorphosis, a cross between the cut-out and the sheer trends, paints the future in bright and beautiful colours, reminding us that the best is yet to come.

Lace trend spring 2014
Modern-inspired lace at Jill Stuart and Oscar de la Renta, S/S ’14


The trend in 2013

This spring brought along a series of updates on the lace trend and while some elements remained unaltered from previous seasons, others evolved towards achieving a higher state of perfection. Sweet or plain sexy, black or white, subtle inserts or a lace odyssey, find out what’s going to define your style.

A touch of lace at Giambattista Valli S/S ’13

Ladylike lace: defining colors

  • Classic renditions of black lace and white lace, alongside various juxtapositions of the two continued to dominate the runways, proving themselves equally relevant this season

Lace garments on the runway at Oscar de la Renta S/S ’13, Lela Rose S/S ’13 and BCBG Max Azria S/S ’13

  •  Following along the lines of the neutrals the nude, tan or sand lace added even more profusion to the trend, as sported in light and ultra feminine combinations

Lace garments on the runway at J.Mendel S/S ’13, Blugirl S/S ’13 and Tadashi Shoji S/S ’13

  • The novelty of the season hides beneath the many bold shades that were used in accenting lace’s power of seduction. We’re talking red, pink, blue, yellow, green and orange lace

Lace garments on the runway at Giambattista Valli S/S ’13, Roberto Cavalli S/S ’13 and Jason Wu S/S ’13

Layers of sheerness

Going hand in hand with the sheer clothing trend, the lace garments are also envisioned to appear either thick and subtle, or rather transparent thus more revealing. Built upon different numbers of layers, lace can be used to tease or to allure this season. Follow the lines of your silhouette when choosing how sheer to go for spring and choose according to the occasion. If you are planning to wear lace during the day opt for the thicker version, while at night flaunt your figure by sporting lightweight sheers.

Lace garments on the runway at Chadwick Bell S/S ’13 and Dolce & Gabbana S/S ’13

How we were wearing lace in spring 2013

Lace staples

If you’re looking to invest in new lace garments this spring, some items can prove themselves more versatile, while others are easier to style. Think in terms of your existing wardrobe and what would immediately fit in. Are you looking for an all-day kind of lace staple, or something more on the luxurious side? Once you decide that, here are some of this season’s lace staples to take into consideration:

Lace garments on the runway at Balenciaga S/S ’13 and Jason Wu S/S ’13

  •  Asymmetrical and sheer skirts, to style with crop tops, oversized blazers, button-downs

Lace garments on the runway at Carven S/S ’13 and Just Cavalli S/S ’13

  • Short shorts, slim trousers and feminine jumpsuits to team with delicate, sheer blouses

Lace garments on the runway at J.Mendel S/S ’13, Roberto Cavalli and Giambattista Valli S/S ’13

Lace garments on the runway at Oscar de la Renta S/S ’13, Valentino and Burberry Prosum S/S ’13

Lace accents

If some women think of lace as the ultimate expression of femininity, others prefer to avoid it instead. While it remains a matter of personal taste and style, choosing lace doesn’t necessarily translate to a head-to-toe look. For a subtle take on the trend, pick garments featuring delicate lace accents, either side panels, a lace cleavage, lace sleeves or a lace hemline. If that doesn’t work either, try styling your looks with the right lace-inspired accessories. Everything works as long as you feel comfortable.

Lace accents on the runway at Ports 1961

Types of lace

There are many different types of lace, and various methods for producing it – so many that we won’t go into them here. The long and short of it is this: the trend continues to be less about stretch lace, and more about antique-style lace. Fabrics that look like a more traditional needle or bobbin lace (even if they’re machine made). Generally, go for a wider net, a more unique pattern, a sturdier fabric – rather than a thin stretch lace, and remember that quality is key.

types of lace
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