Shopping for 2012's most desirable lace dress: your online fashion guide
Get rid of the thoughts of your grandmas curtains; the lace dress has become a fashion favorite with designers and city streets alike in recent seasons. From sweeping floor-length beauties at Dolce and Gabanna to flirty minis at Matthew Williamson, this elegant fabric is a versatile designer favorite. And there are some gorgeous cheap alternatives for those of you on a budget. The Little Lace Dress has become a staple item in many boutiques and we’re here to lend you a helping hand in sifting through the countless online choices and finding your perfect Saturday night number. The lace dress is here to stay for 2012!
Take a look through our style guide before checking out our comparison tables where you’ll find the latest deals and bargain prices on lace dresses. Will you go for a white lace dress, a red lace dress or a navy lace dress? The choices are endless. The biggest challenge will be stopping yourself from buying one in ever color!
Shopping for 2012's perfect lace dress styles
Mini A modern take on the lace dress, mini styles are short and often figure-hugging. They come in an array of colors and sleeve lengths and look fabulous for a Saturday night teamed with heels. Dress it up with a leather jacket for a tougher look.
Vintage Here at Café La Moda we love nothing more than a beautiful retro find, and a vintage lace dress is the icing on the fashion cake. Leaning toward whimsical and glamorous femininity, the vintage lace dress will often be longer and less figure-hugging than modern styles so is a great option if you’re looking to cover up or just want to stand out from the crowd.
Shift A great way to wear the lace dress at work, the shift dress skims the waist and hips, making it an office-appropriate choice. Pair with a blazer and black opaques for a super formal but fashion-forward look. Cinch in the waist with a belt to take the shift lace dress from work to dinner.
A-Line An it’s-so-flattering-it-suits-everyone staple in every girl’s closet no matter her shape or size. Lace dresses for women cut with an A-line skirt highlight the waist while covering lumps and bumps and skimming the hips. It’s an all-round, fail-safe option to keep in mind when you buy your new lace dress.
Long-sleeved This is a great option for when the temperature drops because it offers a little more protection against the chill. Long sleeves are also a great solution for those who are conscious of their upper arms.
Styling your lace dress for 2012
If you’re aiming for a pretty look with your gorgeous new lace dress avoid overloading with jewellery and accessories. Stick to simple earrings or a bracelet and steer clear of necklaces if the neckline of you lace dress is high. An elegant black lace dress team with pearl stud earrings and classic heels will make much more of an impact than a dress cheapened with stacked bangles and statement jewellery.
Alternatively, to punk up and toughen your lace dress – great for a daytime to evening look - team it with grungy ankle boots, a cross-body bag and backcombed hair and smudged eyeliner. Just make sure those legs are in tip-top condition if you’re braving the bare-legged look.
A black or cream lace dress can work for the office if you aim for a classy look. Whatever you do, don’t go short, colourful or form-fitting. Knee-length, black lace dresses in a shift style are perfect in this instance and can be a pefect addition to your work clothing, sitting perfectly alongside your pencil skirts and blazers.
Recap your memory with our size guide before you buy your new lace dress to make sure you get the perfect fit:
Delivery and returns
It is always best to compare online independent retailers’ delivery and returns policy before you purchase lace dresses. The time it takes for your items to arrive will depend greatly on the retailer. You do need to remember that if you are buying from outside the U.S. the wait for your lace dress will likely be a little bit longer. It is also important that you check the retailer’s website for any additional shipping costs. Always make sure you are happy with the delivery terms before you confirm your purchase. Many websites offer free returns and exchanges. But read carefully, some websites will still require you to pay the shipping and handling if you return or exchange an item.