Five ways with Lace

Lace has stealthily crept back into favour

Lace has stealthily crept back into favour. It looks glam again, sexy rather than frilly or fussy. Here are five of our favourites that you can buy now.

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Heartfelt recommendation

One of our team has this dress, and they wear it a lot. Really – a lot. The Carine Roitfeld collection for Uniqlo came out last year and, in the manner of most celebrity collabs, it sold out. However, Uniqlo has been savvy and restocked. Get a nude bra, make sure you adjust the dress straps and you’ll be so happy. Promise. Silk camisole printed dress, £69.90, Uniqlo

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The rules are ours to break

Yes, it’s a nightie – but we prefer not to be bound by rules and will shop in any department we choose, thanks very much. The vertical lines on this slip are a nice touch – they give it a bit of a 1920s Modernist vibe. Throw it on over jeans and a T-shirt. Floral lace night slip, £30, Topshop

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Girl with the co-ord set

This top and skirt keep things pared back and non-frou-frou, using the lace to form stripes rather than florals or cutouts. The high neckline is very current, too. We could see Rooney Mara in these – they have her mix of feminine and forward-looking. Stripe lace top, £40 and stripe lace midi skirt, £55, both Oasis

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Magic number

There are three classic ways to look good in a black lace dress, and we think this one will work for all of them with different accessories. There’s the Mafia widow look (massive sunglasses, wide belt, heels), bohemian Stevie Nicks-type (lots of silver jewellery, ankle boots – very much as it’s styled here) and full-on goth (slightly higher boots, red lips). Free People Laurel lace dress, £148, Asos

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Be equipped

Ah, Equipment. Wherever there is a French lady stereotype talking about her perfect capsule wardrobe and her solitary red lipstick, there will be Equipment. Its shirts really are the business, and this navy lace one is a decent twist on the classic silk number. (Also it’s on TheOutnet.com – discount!) Equipment Brett lace top, £86, TheOutnet.com

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