Lace 3 (Business)

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Lace for the 50's, 60's & 70's

Lace for the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s: the business version

Quote of the day: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams

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.

Lace for the 50's, 60's & 70's  Lace for the 50's, 60's & 70's

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!

Dress: KLD (similar here)~~Skirt: mom made it (similar here)~~Blazer: Casual Corner (similar here or here)~~Shoes: Nine West (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Pin: (similar here)

Lace for the 50's, 60's & 70's  Lace for the 50's, 60's & 70's

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.

Top: H & M (similar here)~~Blouse: Limited (similar here)~~Pants: Express (here)~~Shoes: Me Too (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Lace for the 50's, 60's & 70's  Lace for the 50's, 60's & 70's

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.

  • Kathleen McDermott

    Well Jodie, I think you know I would love lace. Pretty, delicate, airy, feminine – all things to love. Lace can make a variety of statements depending on its form and color. Nicely done in these outfits. I like lace tops and layering pieces, but also have lace skirts and dresses, lined of course. Love lace trim too, and lace of all colors (I have camisoles in pastels, brights, neutrals, black, patterns, you name it). Lace accents on shoes also pretty. A girl’s gotta have lace – lots if it!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think it’s so fabulous that you like the feminine details so much. I guess you could call me a slow learner…but at least I’m trying!
      I had a dress that my dad had bought me in Switzerland that had a lace petticoat that I hated (until it was too small for me)—now I find lace endearing!!

  • You all are so cute and stylish!!!

    • Thanks Cyndi….it’s hard work keeping up with you :)!!

  • Amy Ann

    Perfect office looks! I love how polished it all looks.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds