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Lace. Love or Loathe?


Right, there are some patterns and fabrics that I’m always worried that I won’t be able to pull off. Florals is one of them. Lace is another.
Now when I think ‘Lace’, images of grannies and table cloths and old ladies’ tea parties explode into my head. I can easily see how a pretty young thing could rock a kind of classic yet edgy look with lace, but at the wrong side of 35, I do worry about running the risk of adding years that I really do not need.
So the other day, I was browsing through the sale. I had been totally seduced by the ‘extra 10 per cent off sale items at check out’ and I was in one of those moods where I had to buy something, even if I wasn’t totally in love with it. It was the day I ended up clicking the Tribal Trousers into the basket.
Anyway, I came across a little pale blue lacy dress by a concession called Rise on I was drawn to it because I have always dreamt about wearing backless dresses, backless tops, backless anythings. But have never been able to because of the load I carry up front. Sorry if this is too much information. Anyway, this was a little bit backless. It had a cut out that would expose a little bit of the back, and some lovely pretty buttons for interesting detail.
I had to have, it was only £15 and don’t forget the extra 10 per cent at checkout!!  I had no idea if I’d like it but I was feeling daring, so what the heck?
When it came, I peered at it through its plastic wrapping and once again, I could see the grannies and the tea parties. Oh no. But I was brave. I put it on and guess what fashion lovers? I LOVED it! You’re probably not surprised, why else would I devote a post to it?
So now I’m going to make you look at photos of me wearing it. This is, of course, the moment I have been building up to!!
Open your eyes woman!
Wedges, Pied a Terre, £75 on sale at Selfridges
Silver bracelet, Oliver Bonas
Black beads, and leather bracelet, Topshop

That’s better. But what’s so funny?
Oh yeah! This showing off lark!
The sort of backless bit.
Note to self: Get help with fake tan on the back.
So there you go. Another lovely fashion surprise and a bargain to boot! What d’ya think?
What bargain bits have you snared recently?
Can’t wait to hear from you
Photographs by Kerry Webber


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11 Responses to Lace. Love or Loathe?

  1. sarahbetty July 23, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    You look awesome. It really has a sexy edge to it and the backless bit helps that a lot. You could also stick a black blazer on top of it and wear it to the office..

    Sarah Betty

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  2. Some Style... July 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    uh, love the cutout on the back and shoes or amazing!

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  3. RRyan July 23, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    LOVE! I’m looking for an off white heavy lace dress to wear to a fashion picnic in the park. I have a cute eyelet dress, but… I want to have a lace moment.

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  4. StyleFrost July 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm #

    I love that dress! Lace looks great on you and what a bargain, Dorothy perkins is fab! x

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  5. SoCalFashionista July 23, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    Ree, it looks so great I love it! and I adore the contrast with your fab wedges!

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  6. kerry, a fashion lover July 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Love the dress! Like the unusual colour,normally lace is either black,cream or White. Great back detail & loving the blazer idea! X

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  7. Hayden Williams July 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    Ooh this is soo cute!! Really feminine but toughened up by the wedges!

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  8. Looking Fab in your forties July 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm #

    It looks great on you! You are young enough to get away with it! My daughters have loads, they had black lace dresses in the winter and nude ones this summer, so that tells me to leave this trend well alone!

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  9. nyc July 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    i LOVE the back cut out, makes the dress so surprising and interesting! nothing wrong with lace, at all. no grandma is wearing it like that. 🙂


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  10. Caroline July 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    LOVE it! Wish you had posted earlier so i could have included you in my lace blogger feature!! This looks great on you:)

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  11. Thrive on Novelty July 26, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    GORGEOUS! love it xx

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