Lace has got to be a girly girl’s closet #MVP (Most Valuable Player). Is it a print? A texture? A fabric? Lace has always been a feminine staple, but with the preponderance of lace styles splashed in shops recently, it’s quickly emerging as a power player not to be underestimated. And why not? Lace comes in so many iterations of patterns and colours. We love how it can take a work dress up a notch or take a bridesmaid’s gown to the next level. We love how we can wear it to the beach, to lunch, or to a dinner and dance function. In this article, we’ll take you through three common types of lace you’ll see in the shops and tell you the tips and tricks of the trade.
Did you know one of the first uses of crochet was for men’s fishing nets? Some even say that crochet began as the poor man’s lace since it was cheaper and easier to make. Crochet is now just as stylish as other types of lace, but its origins give you an idea to its hardy nature. You’ll often find crochet in more structured dresses – the holes in the fabric still give the appearance of lace, but the threads holding the fabric together would be sturdier, sometimes giving the appearance of a ‘print’.
Case in point: our An Oscar Date Dress. Swept up in tiers upon tiers of darling scallop crochet details and complete with your trademark winsome smile, you’re sure to feel your most graceful to date!
You can choose crochet for its structure, but you can also choose it for events where you just don’t want your clothes to be snagged! Recall its fishing roots and pick a pair of crochet shorts for your next beach party. Take inspiration from our photoshoot and pair our Seashell Soliloquy Shorts with a simple tie-waist top to keep you cool and stylish in the heat.
Broderie anglaise (“eyelet”)
This next one is a classic, and a personal favourite for its summery, daytime feel. Broderie anglaise is French for “English embroidery”. Incorporating embroidery with needlework, this style of lace is often also referred to as “eyelet lace” for the little ‘eyelets’ that are created by the stitches. The eyelets can be used as accents or all over – style icon Brigitte Bardot even used broderie anglaise accents on her pockets and sleeves for her gingham wedding dress in 1959!
Taking that tip from Bardot, we’ve updated the classic shirt dress with a touch of broderie anglaise ourselves. Our Spellbound Embroidered Shirt Dress is simply classiness embodied in soft cotton with a stunning lace hem. An added bonus – we added pockets! We think supermodel, Miranda Kerr, would approve this one.
Don’t get confused with eyelet lace – this final one is the most delicate of the lot. This lace is machine-made but has the fragility and sensuality of handmade lace of old. It’s called “Leavers lace” professionally after the name of its creator, but you may also know it as “eyelash lace” for the delicate threads that flutter like eyelashes at the hems. The ‘eyelash’ look is created when the lace is cut, leaving little filaments behind. The lace is usually cut along a scallop line, too, creating that super feminine look we love.
Just like its namesake, eyelash lace is quite delicate and may snag more easily than its sturdier cousin, crochet. Its gentle nature makes eyelash lace suitable for events like weddings or dinner functions. Try our Tulley, Madly, Deeply Convertible Dress for some serious princess feels – or go casual with our Lovelace Romper. Either way, you’ll be sure to be the belle of the ball!
Sources: Crochet.org; Coco Machiavel; BTS Lingerie; Wool And The Gang; Glamourai; People