Friday, August 22, 2008

Shut Up and Lace Up





One of the biggest trends this season is lace. One of the biggest trends this season is lace.Not that that bothers me too much, because I've always had a thing for delicate lace pieces... Prada showed a whole lot of it and it seems to be everywhere - there are lace skirts, shirts and dresses.
My latest (thrift) purchase is this lace jacket which I got at an op shop on my work trip.



Now its gorgeous and I love it, but it is also a really difficult piece to wear. I don't have anything in my ridiculously expansive wardrobe that suits it. Here are my problems -
  1. I thought that I could just throw it over one of my many black dresses and it would look chic. Wrong. It just looks stupid.
  2. Because of the light grey/blue/silvery colour of the lace, it actually looks best against another colour rather than just skin.
  3. That being said, I don't own many shirts that are elbow length.
  4. It definately looks more modern when paired with bright colours but I don't know if I like this.
  5. It looks ridiculous when paired with floral. It's just too much.
  6. I'm also not sure about the tie up the top. Would it be more wearable if I took this off? Should I then change the position of the tie to about waist height?

So please help me with this wardrobe dilemma. Tell how you would wear it, or what sort of thing to be on the look out for.

18 comments:

Lady Smaggle said...

I'd say move the tie. It's a bit granny up there. Also you could wrap it and belt it? Or put a little frog closure on it? Black might be too harsh for it. I'd watch the length of your skirt too. Keep it knee length or above or you risk looking very morman. I quite like the idea of wearing it with slouchy jeans and a scarf like really making it casual. Oh if after all that it still looks like crap you should sell it me. Because if you sell it to anyone I will hate you. :-)

Annie said...

Hard to say..! But it is pretty...

Skye said...

I've had a few of those lace jackets over time (they seem to turn up in op-shops, I think they come from old mother-of-the-bride outfits), and I always end up selling them because I just can't make them work for me.

So, no useful advice - just lots of good luck!

lc said...

i love the pattern of this lace - cheap lace looks, well, cheap, and this is so much better. you could always dye the jacket black or something dark, to give it more versatility and edge.

also, i wouldn't be sad to see that tie go.

esme and the lane way said...

Oh, it is beautiful!
I think the tie could work – maybe with a brooch too?
I am looking for something like this to wear in summer, with sleeveless dresses. I am really, really pale, so the blue grey would match! :) I would also wear it over black simple black/dark things with long sleeves... maybe something very structured?
I am sure you will come up with something fabulous, you always do! Can't wait to see! :)

Shay said...

try it over grey, charcoal, pale ashy blue. Tones similar to the lace itself will look sophisticated. I agree with the suggestion of removing the tie and belting it instead. Or perhaps it would work to move the tie down just a couple inches...

Missa said...

Oh my god, that's beautiful!

If it were mine I would probably try to wear it over something very basic and casual like a simple pair of jeans and maybe a gray tank top. So that it stood out but wasn't too dressy and I'm a fan of the bow where it is :)

Good luck, I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

I V Y O L O G Y said...

Yup! I was going to say, it would be better if the tie was around your waist or just under the bust.
I'd just wear it with a spaghetti strapped dress, maybe in light/pastel colours...?
Either way, it is absolutely gorgeous!

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jayne said...

wow never realized it would be so challenging to wear that, hmmm i would def move the tie around to make it more modern

Richel said...

I say wear it with a cream dress, or a dress in the same color family.

CoutureCarrie said...

That jacket is exquisite! I would pair it with a dark dress. Leave the tie . . .

xoxox,
CC

The Clothes Horse said...

Hmm...I quite like it. I think I would change the tie to a thicker ribbon. Also dyeing it. Black would look cool. Tie dye would be interesting...

fashion herald said...

I think the idea of pairing it w/jeans and a tank is a good one, but i wouldn't mess with the tie. And I'd be careful dying this as it looks very delicate, but it would be stunning in black.

Blogette said...

Love it. Looking forward to seeing how you style it.

esme and the lane way said...

I had an idea the other night – could it be worn under something, so just the cuffs peak out? Maybe a simple jumper with the sleeves pushed up?

elizabeth said...

what about a fitted long sleeve shirt (or tank?) underneath and then tuck both into a highwaisted bell skirt?

or wear it under an overallsish/jumper kind of thing

Mademoiselle Robot said...

I have a similar lace jacket, I just wear it with a black tee shirt, skinny jeans & an attitude that says "lace jacket? me? where?".
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