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Monday, 26 May 2014

Style Trend: Ladylike Lace

I was working in London last week and staying in a hotel just off Oxford Street, the perfect location for a quick whizz round the shops. What surprised me most was the amount of lace on offer - I knew it was a big trend for spring/summer, but it seemed to be literally everywhere from tops to jackets and trousers to accessories! I had something to exchange in one of my favourite shops Anthropologie (and I could only exchange!), and fell in love with this irresistible top:

Anthropologie Pieced Petal Top £108


Even though it was chilly all weekend I just had to wear it out on Saturday evening, when we met friends for dinner in Lyme Regis, and paired it with my cropped faux leather trousers from Zara and leopard print heels from Boden (ancient). It's such a feminine top, so wearing it with leather trousers or ripped jeans toughens up the overall look:



I adore the delicate sleeves:


Annoyingly I later this saw very similar one in Zara. I keep telling myself that mine must be much better quality and will last so much longer, but actually there is hardly any difference:

Zara Guipure Lace T-Shirt £29.99


I also liked this versatile lace top from Mint Velvet that could be worn casually during the day or dressed up for the evening:

Mint Velvet Cream Teardrop Lace Tee £69


And a gorgeous pale pink version from Boden, currently reduced in price (it also comes in navy):

Boden Sophie Lace Top £50.15


If you prefer long sleeves, Topshop has this simple sweater for a relaxed off duty look:

Topshop Lace Sweat £40


And another gorgeous version from Warehouse:

Warehouse Lace Sweat £38


And I adored this vest from New Look which I would wear under a blazer paired with boyfriend jeans:

New Look Cream Crotchet Vest £17.99


For something more sophisticated I adored this lace pencil skirt from Topshop, which would look amazing with a white cotton or chambray shirt tucked in, to dress it down:

Topshop Lace Pencil Skirt £60


And if you like to show more skin, this sheer fabric is a good way to do it, while still staying stylish:

ASOS Midi Skirt in Floral Lace £50


And a sheer midi skirt in white stripy lace from Warehouse:

Warehouse Lace Stripe Skirt £50


There are also lots of lacy trousers around and I kind of like them! I loved these jeans from Karen Millen as the lace print is so subtle:

Karen Millen Lace Print Skinny Jean £99


And finally, I saw so many lace clutch bags, but this one from River Island really caught my eye, it would add a fabulous pop of colour to a neutral outfit:

River Island Lime Lace Box Clutch Bag £30


So have you been tempted by anything lacy this spring? As always, I would love to hear from you!

Next time on the blog, a review of a fabulous waterproof jacket!

Abbi x


21 comments:

  1. That's so funny, yesterday I bought a lace top from good old H&M, not too sure how well it might last? Yours looks absolutely gorgeous.......You can just see that it's something special! xx

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    1. The H&M lace tops are fab, I was looking at one last week, I think with lace it still looks good even if it's one if the cheaper ones!
      A x

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  2. The Anthropologie top is amazing Abbi.....much nicer than the Zara one from what I can see! Worth investing a few more pennies in the better one! Looks ace with the leather look trews and leopard print! I have a really ancient Zara lace top....time to dig it out me -thinks! Thank for the inspiration! xx

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    1. Thanks Michelle, lace doesn't really date, so hopefully it will last a long time!
      A x

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  3. It's beautiful Abbi and one of those tops you'll have for years. I bought a pretty one last year so might get it out this week after reading this. Thanks for the inspiration x

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    1. Thank you! Hoping it will last a long time and will come out year after year!
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  4. I think yours is so much nicer than the Zara one, Abbi. Looks much better quality. I do love the Boden one too - very pretty. I'm a huge fan of lace in Spring & Summer. I'm sure you'll get lots of wear from yours. Lynne x

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  5. Wow what a stunning top Abbi & it looks fab with your Zara faux leather trousers, just gorgeous.
    Jane xx
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    1. Thanks Jane, I think I will be wearing it a lot!
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  6. I have just written a post on lace skirts..great minds eh? You are right there is so much about and I must admit I have been looking at your top in Anthropologie, I was waiting to get up to the store to try it on but now I have seen it on you it looks amazing, I do have one from last year which is similar but you can't beat the bright white look for summer..although I may have to chance it and wait until the summer sales! xx

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    1. It's a lovely top, hope you do get in the sake as it would be an amazing bargain! Off to look at your lace skirts!
      A x

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  7. Oh Abbi your top is gorgeous and will last much longer than the Zara effort!

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  8. Loving that lace top Abbi, super pretty and such a classic style. Agree, you'll be wearing it for years.

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    1. Thanks Emma, I think the general consensus is that I bought the right one!
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  9. As you know I love these tops. Your choice is much superior to the Zara one, that is for sure, and I love the whole blog post. H x

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    1. Thanks H, I looked for your new look online but I couldn't find it, otherwise it would have been in the list!
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  10. The Zara top is not a patch on the Anthropologie one. There isn't the detail in the Zara one which is in your lovely top - you did good!

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    1. Thanks Sue, I am feeling the love for the Anthroplogie one!
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  11. That is such a stunning top Abbi & its so timeless too! A great buy! Ax

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