How to Wear Lace Trend for Women Over 40, 50, 60
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Some of the new fashions for spring and summer 2013 are so tricky you might be tempted to ignore everything and do nothing to update your wardrobe. However, one of the brilliant new trends is feminine, glamorous lace.
Sure there are ways you can wear the the lace trend all wrong, but lace is very flattering as long as you remember that you are over 40 or 50... and you are not going Easter egg hunting, not going to Cinderella's ball, and not going to be flamenco dancing on some table after having a bit too much wine (I hope).
If you are looking for something to wear to a wedding or a swank cocktail party, an all-over lace dress is great, and you can make a dress (like the one in the main photo) more casual by wearing it with a leather jacket, leggings, and some funky boots. However, to get maximum ROI (return on investment), just add one or two little lacy pieces to your existing wardrobe.
I recommend buying lace clothing and/or accessories that you can mix and match with pieces you already have. Get clothing that will multitask. For example, you can take a little lace t-shirt and pair it with a leather jacket, jeans, and flats for a casual look, or you can dress up your lace t-shirt with a velvet jacket, a short skirt, and high heels. And, while you can never go wrong with a black, neutral, or dark-colored lace dress for formal occasions, here are other ways to incorporate lace:
- Loose-fitting lace t-shirt
- Lace-covered shoe
- Lace Cuff
- Lace skirt
- Lace tights or leggings
- Lace purse
Lace Overlay vs Sheer Lace
When ordering online, you should check to see if the top, dress, or skirt you are considering is made of a lace-overlay fabric (usually black lace over a skin-tone fabric) or sheer lace fabric (where you can see right through to whatever's underneath). Both styles are good in different situations.
What Colors Are Best for Lace?
The best colors for lace depend on where you are going when you wear your lace. Some colors feel more formal and some more casual, but a lot depends on the type of garment, as well. A hip, loose-fitting, lace t-shirt is always going to have a different vibe than a lace sheath dress. But, with that in mind, here are the colors I like:
- Black Lace: Black can be as sexy as Marilyn Monroe on a hot summer’s evening. Just make sure your black lace doesn’t look too much like an undergarment or a nightgown.
- Beige Lace: Skin-tone lace can be really gorgeous or it can make you look like you’re from slutsville. I don’t think many older women can pull off a whole dress of beige lace overlay on beige-colored fabric. On the other hand, a small amount of skin-toned lace in a bodice can look sexy but not revealing.
- Metallic Lace: I like gold, bronze, or silver lace on women over 40, 50, or 60. If you have silver hair, a touch of silver lace is hot. If you have golden skin or blonde hair, try gold. And, I think everyone on the planet should give bronze a try. Most women have one metallic color that flatters them more than others. So, just try different shades until you start smiling.
- Bright Colored Lace: This is one of the new trends in lace for 2013. The trick with colored lace is to get something that’s bright, yet deep, like the green Valentino pantsuit in the link. However, you must avoid neon brights, which are only good for teenagers. Actually, almost any color other than neon will revive your old outfits in a heartbeat. But, keep in mind that too much pastel lace will make you look like an Easter egg, and lace that’s too bright will make you look like an aging punk rocker.
How Not to Wear Lace for 2013
There are some pitfalls with lace that you should avoid.
- Satin and lace can look like a slip or a nightgown.
- Tiers of lace can make you look childish and fat.
- Lace worn with a print must blend or complement the pattern.
- Don’t wear a sheer lace top with nothing but a bra underneath. I don’t care how edgy you’re feeling. Have some dignity.
Tips for Wearing Lace When You’re Over 40
- A small touch of lace can be casual, elegant, and modern. A lacey tee peeking out from under a jacket is fabulous. A t-shirt with a lace insert is easy to wear.
- Lace can be modern or Victorian, depending on what you wear with it.
- Sheer lace is a great way to cover fat or saggy arms
- Too much lace is too much lace.
- Too much white can make you look like a bride.
- Too much black can make you look like Morticia from the Addams Family.
- Too much jewelry can make you look like a Marie Antoinette wannabe.
The Modern Way to wear Lace
Lace works best when it’s a simple shape like a shift or a t-shirt. Sometimes, one lace accessory is all you need. Big lace prints are trendy, but can be harder to wear if not done right.
Take a tip from the Parisiennes: The easiest and most foolproof way to update your wardrobe is to wear lace tights or leggings. Afterwards, you’ll feel more confident trying the other trends.
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