Archive for August 2016

On Lace

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.

Crochet

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.

Leavers (“eyelash”)

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 

Deciphering Dress Codes

All hosts and event planners must surely wish for their events to be outstanding and memorable. Invitation cards (or Facebook invites) are usually the first sign of this – I’ve received simply gorgeous invitation cards that I stick up on my wall like postcards. Unfortunately, these often come with befuddling dress codes which then need to be deciphered and decoded – garden party? Dressy casual? Smart casual? Formal? In this article, we’ll give you a quick guide to the 3 most common dress codes and give you outfit ideas for each one that’ll make sure you, at least, are an outstanding and memorable guest at your next event!

Smart Casual

-          What your host wants to say is: “Look put-together, but I still want to see your personal style!”

-          This means: think of it as going to a classy restaurant on a weekend, or “Sunday best” in the old days.  It’s okay to be a little adventurous or feisty in your outfit choices (think interesting prints or colourful accessories), but remember to respect the occasion, particularly if there’s a guest of honour (and it’s not you).

-          Don’t: go overly casual (T-shirts, flip flops) or overly formal (blazers or skirt suits). Try to err on the side of conservative, too – so open-toed shoes are okay, but spaghetti straps may not be, depending on your host and the venue.

-          We’d go for: a flowy dress or skirt, with ballet flats or open-toed wedges. Try our Florals Fall on Sides Dress for some good ol’ feminine fashion. An added bonus for flared dresses? More space for the buffet line.

-          If you’re feeling adventurous: try our Poised At Crossroad Dress if you’d like something a little more body-hugging! The elaborate embroidery details on this one are so on point, you’ll be making even Greek goddesses jealous in your outfit. 

Cocktail

-          What your host wants to say is: “I want you to dress up and have fun!”

-          This means: popular style blog StyleCaster recommends “short dresses that are party-ready”, and calls for dressy styles fit for twirling, paired with heels. Go ahead, take out that dress you bought that’s a little too short for the office but still fit for a princess.

-          Don’t: read “party-ready” as “I thought I was going to Zouk”. ‘Cocktail’ is also known as ‘semi-formal’, which should give you some idea of which part of your wardrobe to pick out!

-          We’d go for: a colourful dress with nude pumps. Or, if you’re relying on the fail-safe LBD (Little Black Dress) to do the trick, pick one with a little twist – like our Oxford Aspiration Trench Dress in Black. Pair it with out-of-the-box accessories, like tasseled heels, put your hands in your pockets (yes, it has pockets), and go!

-          If you’re feeling adventurous: try understated sequins! Socialite Olivia Palermo recently wore a sequined pencil skirt with a plain off-the-shoulder blouse to an event which called for cocktail attire, and she totally pulled it off.

Formal

-          What your host wants to say is: “It’s a super big day for me. I’d love for you to be part of it.”

-          This means: go full out with maxi-dresses and sky-high heels! “You aren’t expected to look as if you’re en route [to] the Oscars,” writes StyleCaster, but this is definitely still one of the highest dress codes you’ll likely receive in the mail.

-          Don’t: underestimate the occasion. Your host will have put a lot of effort into the venue, decorations, et cetera – it’s now up to you to dress for it.

-          We’d go for: our I Will Bead There For You Dress speaks your dedication in volumes. It comes in three gorgeous colours, with an asymmetrical hem cut that’s sure to make you stand out from the crowd.

-          If you’re feeling adventurous: try a jumpsuit! Be careful, though –not all jumpsuits were created equal. If you’re curvy, for example, you’ll want a style with a defined waist and flared pants, whereas if you’re more athletically built you can go for more straight cuts. Take your inspiration from none other than actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, who has arguably made pants fashionable again.

Credits: Thread Theory, Business Insider, Tibi, Glam Radar