The Lace Accent

Clothes We Love - September
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The Lace Accent

01 of 07

WHY WE LOVE IT

WHY WE LOVE IT
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Formerly seen outside the bedroom only under cover of darkness, lace has now come into the light, but in a totally different guise. Instead of veiling bare skin, day wear treats it as an accent fabric that spotlights its intricacy rather than its intimacy. The result is unexpected-surprisingly not sexy, but it sure is pretty.

HOW TO WEAR IT
Stick to lingerie colors-black and nude-which add cheekiness to lace's newly reworked propriety. (Colors can take it from chic to cheap.) Make an inspired odd couple by pairing it with flannel, bordering a Donegal tweed, or under a sporty coat. A lace shoe is too much for day, but a bag is fine-just choose a shoulder strap, not a clutch.

Photos: (left to right) Erdem, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Jason Wu

02 of 07

Tory Burch Skirt

Clothes We Love - September
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Corded lace skirt, Tory Burch, $425; toryburch.com.

03 of 07

Rebecca Taylor Blazer

Clothes We Love - September
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Wool-flannel blazer with lace trim, Rebecca Taylor, $395; neimanmarcus.com.

04 of 07

Thread Social Dress

Clothes We Love - September
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Silk dress with lace, Thread Social, $465; threadsocial.com.

05 of 07

Haute Hippie Blouse

Clothes We Love - September
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Silk blouse with lace detail, Haute Hippie, $395; saksfifthavenue.com.

06 of 07

Giorgio Armani Bag

Clothes We Love - September
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Lace and metal bag, Giorgio Armani, $1,350; at Giorgio Armani, armanistores.com for locations.

07 of 07

Sportmax Crewneck Top

Clothes We Love - September
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Lace crewneck, Sportmax, $205; 212-674-1817.

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