5 Ways to Dress Down Lacey Looks

Lace may be the preferred fabric of Victorian damsels and romance novel heroines, but the fabric doesn't have to feel frou-fou.

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Lace may be the preferred fabric of Victorian damsels and romance novel heroines, but the fabric doesn't have to feel frou-fou. We paired a jersey and lace tank dress by Rosamosario ($505 at Net-a-Porter) with strappy K Jacques sandals ($245 at LaGarconne) and a versatile orange wrap ($9.90 at Uniqlo locations) for a low-maintenance look that can transition from the beach to dinner in a snap. A twinkly Topshop necklace ($28 at Topshop) adds just a hint of bling.
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For a dressier look (that still doesn't feel "overdone"), we paired Collette Dinnigan's navy lace crop top ($195 at Net-a-Porter) with a draped J.Crew silk skirt ($158 at J.Crew) and nude metallic-heel flats ($178 at J.Crew). Marni's glitzy geometric earrings ($470 at Net-a-Porter) add an artsy appeal that keeps the look fresh.
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Carven put a quirky twist on classic lace by adding the material to a slouchy peach sweatshirt ($306 at MyTheresa), which we styled with Uniqlo's teal pleated skirt ($19.90 at Uniqlo locations) and twisted strappy sandals from Topshop ($90 at Topshop). J.Crew's tan satchel with contrasting black piping ($238 at J.Crew) pulls together the color-palette (and is perfect for schlepping work stuff).
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For this look, we complemented a turquoise lace Diane von Fursteberg skirt ($252 at MyTheresa) with a navy peter-pan collar top ($75 at J.Crew) and Marni's glittery teal blue necklace ($450 at MyTheresa). Hot pink calf hair loafers from Avec Moderation ($352 at MyTheresa) add an unexpected pop of personality.
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Malene Birger dressed up a simple khaki sweater dress with black lace panels ($495 at Net-a-Porter), which we, in turn, gussied up with shiny patent Zara boots ($99.90 at Zara) and a twisted rope bracelet ($3.80 at Forever21). Zara's metallic gold and black clutch ($89.90 at Zara) adds a shimmery texture while picking up the warm tone of the dress.
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