Lace for the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s: the business version
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Just like any item of clothing, wearing lace to the office depends on your business environment and how you pair it. As I’ve reiterated in many past posts, a nice blazer, shoes and appropriate jewelry can be the keys of a befitting work attire. Since lace is “holey” or see through, it is important to consider what is under your lace item. A camisole or tank top works great for this situation. Of course, a jacket or cardigan over the lace is another solution to this concern. In casual lace (here) and more formal lace (here) I’ve shown other ways to style these exact same pieces of clothing.
50’s Outfit (Dress): I’m sure it seems strange to put a skirt over a dress (to see the dress link here), but it can be an effortless way to go from the office to a special dinner! By doing this, my dress looks like a suitable business top under my jacket. And after work, I just pull off my skirt and I’m ready to party!
60’s Outfit (Top): Nancy’s cranberry colored blouse is slightly sheer, thus the lace top acts as a camisole piece to make it acceptable for a job setting. Even though she is wearing two shirts, they are both very lightweight, and thus not overly warm.
70’s Outfit (Tank top): A small amount of lace showing under a jacket can be very tasteful. I think it’s helpful that the neckline is straight across and not v-neck for a work environment. Since this tank top is actually reversible to a v-neck, it would be easy enough to turn it around if you dare.
Tank: Vanity Fair (similar here)~~Jacket: Alfred Dunner (similar here)~~Pants: JM Collection (similar here)~~Shoes: Bijou! (similar here)~~Necklace: Tommy Hilfiger (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Ring: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Thanks for visiting my styling blog! Is it inappropriate to wear lace at your workplace?
Photography by Kari Strand Photography
Another way to add lace to your collection is with a scarf. It can actually be the real thing or a just a print that looks like it.