Luxe or Less: Blue Lace Baby

Jessica Stam behind the scenes of Flare's cover shoot. Source: Flare tumblr. Photo by Gabriel Steele.

Two of the biggest trends this fall are lace and all things blue, so it should come as no surprise that at least one designer decided to combine the two. Lacy, long-sleeved dresses in a deep rich blue showed up on the September 2011 cover of Flare magazine as worn by Jessica Stam, and on Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, during her tour of Canada. Their frocks were by Vionnet and Erdem, respectively.

Kate Middleton in Erdem. Source: Globe and Mail.

Those of us who aren't supermodels or duchesses will have to look elsewhere (read: fast fashion chains) for our blue lace fix. As it turns out, blue lace that looks elegant is hard to find at a mass retailer level. Lace tunics and racerback tanks and tees in boxy cuts--all intended to be layered over camisoles--abound. Chic ivory and black lace items are commonplace. But you have to look a bit harder for sophisticated blue lace pieces.

This was why I was lucky to have found this dark blue lace top at H&M for a scant $29.95. The luxe look of the lace belies the small price tag, and the pretty 3/4 sleeves with the scalloped edges mimic the demure appeal of the dresses pictured above.

For those who prefer their blue lace in skirt form, consider the ASOS pencil skirt (£30.00).

Finally, for tall girls who want something more adventurous than navy, there's this royal blue lace dress with a sweetheart neckline, courtesy of Topshop (£40.00).

Will you be wearing blue lace this fall?


  1. Ooh, I will! I've never tried wearing blue lace before, but I LOVE the pieces that you've picked!

  2. I think I will actually just because I held on to a blue lace dress so I guess I should wear it. hehe. I really like these top pics though, I think it can look very chic.


  3. hey lisa! how do you plan to wear that h&m top? i'm going to paris in september and that seems like a romantic top i want to bring there! thanks!

  4. Love the lace trend - but it will be a trend I go more 'less' than 'luxe' since I have a tendency to rip lace fabrics

  5. Oh my! Seeing this brings me back to the lace tops I used to wear in high school! Kid you not. I had one in navy blue, and one in a dark magenta. awesome!

  6. Sophia, I plan on wearing that top with the grey wool cigarette pants from the Banana Republic Mad Men collection, a chunky necklace and a bright lip colour. The top is a bit loose and boxy around the waist, so it's best to pair it with a slim-cut bottom. Skinny and straight cut jeans also work.

    Have an amazing time in Paris!

  7. Great lace picks! I love the blue pencil skirt. The blue H&M top looked darling on you at the BR event.

    One of my all-time favourite purchases is a lace top from See by Chloe. Cost me a whopping $450 but I have no regrets. Lace is timeless chic!

  8. I wish that navy lace top from H & M was a dress. But I do like your idea of pairing the lace top with your grey cigarette pants.

    I am on the hunt for a blue lace dress. I saw one at Jacob but it was short sleeve, I want a 3/4 sleeve instead.

  9. Aaahhh! I'm definitely going to get on this. I tend to buy all things blue anyway. :)

    Love the H & M top you picked out.



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