Fall Fashion: Luxe Lace Accents

Thursday, August 14, 2008

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Diane von Furstenberg Finola Dress
Diane von Furstenberg "Finola" Dress

Available at: nordstrom.com

We are not quite into fall yet, but let’s start getting prepared early. Yes, I know diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but so is lace. What accentuates your breasts and your butt better? With both a sexy and mysterious look, lace has always been part of a vixen’s attire. But, I’m not talking about lingerie lace this time around. I’m talking about the lace that’s been seen all over the runways, peeking out from underneath skirts, and even wrapping ankle boots. There are so many designers creating lace looks for fashions other than undergarments. I know it’s a look worth flaunting when one of my favorite designers, Valentino, starts incorporating the lace look. It’s not the first time lace has been in introduced in the fashion world, but it’s the first time lace has grown on me.

Many different shades of lace popped up on the fall runways, but no matter what color there was a rich use of lace incorporated within this year’s fall fashions. This season, when you wear a lace dress no one will think you’re wearing your slip out-- it absolutely justified!

I personally prefer hints of lace when putting an outfit together, but I have chosen several different kinds of lace clothing that you may enjoy. There is something is so sexy about a knee length skirt or dress that shows a hint of lace-trimmed slip peeking out. Speaking of such attire, I found a great Diane von Furstenberg ‘Finola’ Dress [top left] that does just that. The dress overall is very sensual, giving that girly-girl impression, but the hint of lace peeking out at the bottom gives it the edge it’s otherwise lacking.

Karta Lace Tank Dress
Karta Lace Tank Dress

$339.00 (was $484-- save 30%!)
Available at: eluxury.com

The next dress I found is also by Diane von Furstenberg, but it’s got a lot more lace incorporated on the top and the bottom of the dress. The Diane von Furstenberg 'Olivette' Dress is more suitable for the fall months because of its heavier material. It has a raw-edged, lacy look. It is princess seamed, and I love how she used a black lace with the gray dress. The low back gives it a sassy look, great for a cocktail party.

My next choice is a babydoll dress that can be used as a top with some cute jeans during the colder weather. There aren’t many left of the Arden B. Babydoll Lace Trim Tunic, but it’s very cute. It’s got lace in a few spots and it’s a sexy addition to any pants, or it can be worn solo for the bold and beautiful women out there.

Although we are moving into fall, I fell in love with this white Karta Lace Tank Dress [right]. The fact that it’s white grabbed my attention and makes me want to purchase it now so I can wear it before the hot weather wears off. The dress features floral-patterned lace, and it’s fully lined-- don’t worry! It is a very straight silhouette, so there are certain body types that may be able to show off this dress better than others.

Lastly, I found a very simple and elegant lace dress by JS Boutique. It’s a lace sheath dress-- the lace overlays a satin dress. The dress is absolutely stunning. I love the white/black color combination. The adjustable satin belt cinches the waist, helping you create a sexy hourglass figure. And out of all the dresses mentioned, it is the most affordable.

Miuccia Prada, caught backstage at Milan’s Fall Fashion Week 2008, described her own unexplainable relationship with lace. “I still don’t understand why I like lace-- but it is such an accompaniment of women, through childhood, marriage, and being a widow,” said Prada. That seems to capture the allure of lace perfectly.
Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.