Pushing boundaries is the theme of 2011 and this January has seen lace reworked for modern times.
The pretty, delicate fabric was traditionally the domain of brides on their wedding day, but it has made its way onto the fashion stage in various forms, and fashion fans would be foolish to miss out on a chance to legitimately showcase the elegant trend.
The tender material creates a refined, ladylike look whether worn as a skirt, dress or petite top complete with a cardigan.
In order to dress for the season and not attract ridicule, lace dresses and skirts should be teamed with thick tights or leather winter boots to match the temperatures and to provide less of an excuse to shy away from this beautiful look.
Colour is an aspect of choice, as is what to wear underneath lace garments – although this should be practically thought about, especially if taking the trend to the office.
Dolce & Gabbana have created an eye-catching white lace one-piece with large floral print and a high round neck, teamed with a simple thin tan leather belt.
Collette Dinnigan, on the other hand, has showcased two pretty black lace dresses with round skirts, complete with cream under-slips which would look striking on a night out with the girls. In general, white lace lends itself to a pretty girly image, whereas black creates a dramatic and theatrical effect.