Thinking Of Lace As Edgy & An Easy Lace Alteration

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Lace fabric is usually thought of as a romantic, sweet and feminine element in fashion, and while I feel it certainly can be, I also tend to find it quite edgy. The visual of skin peeking through sheer lace can be sexy in a daring kind of way, and in my opinion, lace is at its best when paired with elements that contradict its syrupy sweet reputation, such as leather, wool, and suiting.

For me, the type of lace is also important. I prefer nothing too flowery or doily looking, but rather open and geometric in design. And eyelash lace is alway nice for peeking out of cuffs, hems, and necklines. I also take my lace how I take my coffee…black.

And now for a fun fact about lace…did you know you can cut lace without it unraveling? Because I didn’t until this blouse arrived, needed the sleeves shortened by one lace pattern, and wondered if it was something I could just do myself. It turns out, lace generally doesn’t unravel, especially when cut along the thin, open-work elements. In this case, the “eyelash” element of this lace was easily trimmed to shorten the sleeve without unraveling. The only sewing I had to do was shore up the side seam with a simple knot where I made the cut to make sure that part wouldn’t come undone.

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Shirt Marissa Webb (old) (similar) (similar) (similar)
Vest Rachel Zoe (old) (super similar)
Jeans Rag & Bone (old)
Clutch Proenza Schouler (old) (similar) (similar)
Shoes Gianvitto Rossi (also love these)
Sunglasses Celine
Jewelry Vria & OroCatbird, and vintage

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Vest has been slimmed
Shirt has had the sleeves shortened

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