Lace provides elegant details

01/02/2012 5:00 AM

01/02/2012 6:26 AM

In the spring of 1939, Coco Chanel said this about lace: “I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.”

Lace was around a long time before the famous designer and always has had a very special place in fashion. Whether it’s as delicate as a spider web or made to look more durable and dramatic, lace adds interest, romance and femininity to any garment.

The little black dress is a wardrobe staple, but it’s importance is heightened if it has a lace trim, lace overlay or inlay or if it is completely made of lace. Today, lace is mass-produced, but in the past decade, it’s been made more durable and more affordable. And now a huge variety of stretch lace is available.

If you’ve decided to wear black on New Year’s Eve, perhaps because you need a good reliable dress for after-five the rest of the year, take a look at the ones with lace details.

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