Edgy twists to classic style make lace no-frills affair

Kimberly Konwinski

Just because Labor Day’s right around the corner and you’re bringing out last year’s sweaters doesn’t mean you can’t soften up the seasonal demise of summer with a touch of lace.

Rolling over from this spring and summer, lace’s versatility can be applied to formal and casual events and almost any season with the right touches.

Celebrities such as Amanda Seyfried and Taylor Momsen have been seen wearing the sophisticated fabric both on and off the red carpet. Back by popular demand, designers such as Erdem, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana have been putting lace in their latest fall collections, oftentimes with an edgier twist by mixing rips and tears or adding heavier materials such as leather.

Designers are also modernizing the traditional look by mixing lace with elements from different eras, such as ruched sleeves and padded shoulders — signature looks from the 80s. Pairing simple chained necklaces with a lace top and skinny jeans is a good way to make a simple outfit more elegant.

From form-fitting lace dresses and skirts with risqué hemlines to low-cut tops paired with peek-a-boo bandeaus, this season’s lace trend proves to be anything but stuffy.

For a classic romantic look, girls can don a button-down top paired with a lace skirt and tights for an ultra-feminine look around campus. Basic lace long-sleeved shirts can be paired with skinny jeans and flats for a casual, street-chic look any day of the week.

“I really like how you can wear lace for almost any occasion,” psychology sophomore Soniya Al-Amin said. “I can have jeans and a lace top during the day for a casual look and then dress it up later by adding simple accessories or a jacket.”

Many retail chains such as Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe also sell other lace apparel, including lace cropped shirts, skirts and leggings. For an even better deal, you can check out thrift stores on the Drag, such as Buffalo Exchange, for a more worn-in, vintage feel.

Changing up your look to incorporate lace not only softens the dry days of fall but adds a touch of romantic flair to chillier nights. Plus, lace is not just a one-season kind of trend like chunky sweaters — lace can always be recycled and used again in warmer weather.