White is a summer trend you want to own now. It's true, white has become a year round color. White tops and dresses, boots, bags and jeans are a go to staple year round. This summer designers have treated all sorts of clothing cut in white with a a more decorative, textural take. Using all sorts of laces, embroidery, eyelets, pleats and tucks, they have created so many different looks that should be added to your wardrobe. Count on Valentino to do some of the dreamiest dresses around. A structured lace dress, or an embroidered kaftan, or a mod inspired mini dress. Designers of all stripes have taken the trend and put their stamp on it.
The eyelet dress from Zadig and Voltaire on the left has a sporty feel, the eyelet adds the bit of edgy romance that speaks summer. It's chic and snappy. Sea goes in a different direction. This dress is more boho in spirit. Delicate details include lace and cut work embroidery finished off with delicate pin tucks. Put this on and you will float away.
The design of the dresses are very diverse. A detail may be the same on two garments, but the styles are completely different. The cool girl dress on the left has a beach vibe. The ruffle super short sleeve exaggerates a deep armhole look. The eyelet garment on the right has a ruffle neck and shoulder, and is very buttoned up, using delicate ball buttons. It verges on prim. but the handkerchief hem and embroidered details sweeten the look.
Here are some more examples of the many moods of white dressing. I love the fresh look of dresses trimmed with contrast embroideries or belted with a tough black belt.. And as you see on the rack on the right, these white dresses are romantic.
Dolce and Gabbana have a sure hand with white dresses. The tiered, shaped peasant dress on the left is accented with placed cut out eyelet embroidery. I love the nipped waist that is created with smocking. Want a sportier look? Try the sundress of the right. That too has a generous touch of eyelet cut work embroidery placed on the skirt .
I promise you, suits are having a comeback. And updated looks of the suit are especially important. Stella McCartney deftly adds cut work eyelet to soften up a jacket. Don't you love the look of a short suit? It's so clean and fresh. It's the change of proportion that sets it apart.
Other jackets look clean in white, but they have interesting details. The Zadig jacket on the left is super cool. The diagonal fringe trim absolutely makes the jacket. And should you want a safari jacket, how about this piece in eyelet trimmed with canvas pockets?
Zimmerman is a very hot Australian label, and rightly so. The crisp white shirt is done with a very intricate combination of appliques and lace. The contrast of the sporty shirt and the feminine fabric is key. Lace also makes great shrugs that double as blouses. This one is done in an very open lever lace.
The contrast between the delicate romantic white Victorian inspired blouse with the ruffle sleeve and the cut out embroidery and the Bash sporty eyelet camp shirt is interesting. Which look would you choose? Seeing eyelet and lace in such two different looks proves it is a trend.
The Maje white blouse and dress is echoed in the same pieces in blue. The lace is a nice heavy guipure lace. This is a lace with a lot of body, that gives the pieces substance. The white shirt from Isabel Marant has a tatted lace shoulder inset on a gauzy fabric. The feel is bohoThe techniques are very different, and so are the looks.
Zimmerman offers a white organdy shirt covered in appliques and lace, as well as a mini pleated bell sleeve shirt. Both will look amazing with with a printed skirt or pant. White eyelet blouses on the right can work with prints for a dressier look or work with jeans for a more casual take.
A clean white blouse with puffed sleeves is on trend with the lace up front. It also pays homage to St Laurent vintage styles. Work it with a white bag. The gauzy boho white blouses styled with puffy sleeves or off the shoulder are the new updated basics for everyday style.
Trust Sacai to upend the trend by doing a white asymmetric shirt trimmed with a lace cascade. A thoroughly modern take on a white lace shirt. While the Valentino white lace blouse and dress, and the red skirt with the white lace trim are are elegant and chic. There is lace everywhere.
How do you want to wear lace? No 21 does a spliced lace sweater mix. Sporty or femme? Or both at once. The Off-White eyelet denim jeans and jacket are street style luxe. Must have pieces for the summer.
White lace and embroidery have been around for ages. These vintage white pieces are spot on this season. If you are a vintage lover, you could buy on of these, or maybe some of the vintage inspired pieces from the contemporary designers shown above. If vintage isn't your thing, then there are so many modern pieces in stores now. Why not try this white lace Rose Assoulin blouse. It's super chic and so today. Lace, eyelet, embroidery, cut work, Pick your favorite, and go for it.
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