I’ve long loved winter white. When the skies are gray, and so is the clothing, a bit of lightness brightens things up. I’ve noticed a lot of winter white lace popping up recently, and I’m loving a short, wide-cut lace blouse in ivory (under a fall coat, of course).
You have to be careful with a lace top. Obviously, it’s see-through, so you need a nude or white spaghetti-strapped camisole. Second, it can look cheap and trashy if you’re not careful. That’s not to say you have to spend the big bucks on a lace piece, but you’ll probably need to see the top up-close and personal to judge for yourself.
With the focus on menswear and minimalism this fall, it might be nice to have a feminine piece to throw in the mix. Since these tops are wide-cut, make sure your bottom half is more form fitting—skinny jeans, tailored black pants, or a pencil skirt. Also, these tops are shorter, so go for a higher waistline and be sure to tuck in your camisole.
On the weekend, pair the top with dark skinny jeans and ballet flats, a pair of brown boots, or oxfords. Switch to heels and a clutch for a night out. For the office, tuck the top into black ankle-length slacks or a pencil skirt. If your office is very conservative, throw on a boyfriend blazer. Here are our top picks.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Bronte Lace Top, $398, Nordstrom.
Joie Lace Blouse, $198, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Neiman Marcus.
BB Dakota Baretta Lace Top, $35 , Piperlime.
Haley Lace Top, $29, Delias.