The fact is that party season usually sneaks up on us without warning. It's not that we don't know there are endless social events on the horizon, inching ever closer until, suddenly, it's the night before and we're pawing through our closets wondering just how they manage to be so full and so empty at the same time. You know, that old "I have nothing to wear" thing.
Save yourself the stress this season by getting a head start on party-perfect lace
dresses. At once classic, alluring and dressy, the lace dress is something you can count on for years to come. Some styles are best suited to nights out clubbing, but there are plenty of others that err on the more elegant side and add a touch of polish to the special events on your agenda. Here, a few we love:
The stakes are high. Lace dresses are absolutely everywhere, so it really takes something special to stand out. We think we've found The One in this Taylor Dresses Illusion Bodice Sheath Dress
($168, top). Not only does it make magic with metallic lace (so luxe!), it incorporates bold ruffle detailing along one shoulder and a sheer front and back yoke for a sexy finish. It's perfect for New Year's Eve parties, but you'll no doubt be tempted to wear it much more often.
Say the word "vintage" and we're all ears. This Ann Taylor Vintage Floral Lace Dress
($198, left) is well priced for all its charm and beautiful interpretation of a timeless look. It features an unexpected scalloped neckline and a white backdrop - the perfect setting for such exquisite black lacework.
By no means must you commit to black and only black lace, especially when there are so many other dazzling options to consider. This Nanette Lepore Amore Mio Lace Sheath Dress
($398, center) is a vision in a surprising shade called Cinnabar. The rich color sets such a dramatic tone, and it's a fun alternative to the usual eggplants and camels that tend to hog the spotlight during fall.
Another fabulous fall hue is magenta, and it's definitely the star of this V-neck lace dress by Nicole Miller
($410, right). The epitome of the ideal night-out dress, this festive number will put you in a feel-good state of mind in an instant. It's all gorgeous lace, hints of skin and flattering, slightly stretchy fabric. Count on Miller for these kinds of no-nonsense, always-reliable treats!
Want more affordable options? These gorgeous lace dresses won't break the bank:
I 'Heart' Ronson Lace Dress
EXPRESS Lace-Inset Rouched Dress
Lace-Overlay Cap-Sleeve Dress
My Michelle Lace Tube Dress with Pockets
Soprano Lace Inset Sleeveless Dress
Fire Lace Overlay Dress
Need more inspiration? Check out these finds at StyleBakery.com:
Six Cute Lace Dresses
Fall Trend: Loving Lace
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