Classy Holiday Party Dresses Under $150

If you’re going to a holiday party in the next few weeks, you’re probably on the lookout for something pretty special.  But with lots of Christmas gifts to buy this year, who wants to blow a bundle on a party dress?

What can you wear that looks fabulous but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? Here are six festive holiday party dresses, all under $150.

1.  Evergreen Elegance

Green is a color that symbolizes holiday time, but many of us never think ever to wear it. That’s a pity because green can look stunning. This emerald-green lace taffeta fit and flare dress is proof of that.  Jewel tones like this come across as very festive and luxurious at Christmastime, and don’t you love the bow? Continue reading “Classy Holiday Party Dresses Under $150”


7 Pretty Lace Party Dresses to Wow This Christmas

Christmas is a romantic, sentimental time and so it’s no surprise that a pretty lace dress is a perfect choice for a festive cocktail party or special holiday gathering. If you have any doubts about whether lace is for you, take a peek at these modern, chic lace holiday party dresses that look nothing like Victorian lace doilies!

Red Lace by the Fire

Nothing says Merry Christmas better than a beautiful red lace dress. This pretty wrap style is always popular but the romantic puffed sleeves make things new and  different. This bolder shoulder is part of that throwback to the 80’s we’re seeing in fashion at the moment.  It’s Dynasty all over again, but in a more gentle way. Continue reading “7 Pretty Lace Party Dresses to Wow This Christmas”


What’s New in Eyelet Tops, Dresses & Pants for Summer

Eyelet tops, dresses, and pants have long been considered girly, sweet, and a tad old fashioned; not exactly the kind of vibe you are after if you’re 40+. But more recently, eyelet has grown up.

eyelet top-cream-Deborah Boland

It has morphed into something more modern, mature like this pretty cream eyelet tee I’m wearing. Sometimes it can even little bit edgy. Here’s what makes eyelet different and new.

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Eyelet Dresses, Tops Take on New Shapes

Did you wear an eyelet dress when you were a little girl? Was it white, and full with a big pink ribbon? …How things have changed! Now, thanks to crisp, laser-cut patterns and body-skimming shapes, eyelet lace dresses are more grown up and sophisticated.

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We’re seeing a lot of simple, clean shapes and minimal detail, with the only focus on the eyelet itself. Instead of looking childish, the newest eyelet dresses and tops look chic.

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7 Ways To Ace Lace In The Daytime

Long gone are the days when lace was saved for special occasions and evening wear. Wear lace by day as part of a casual outfit to look modern and chic. Here’s how to do it right.

white lace top white jeans

1. Choose Modern Shapes and Styles

Lace looks old lady when you wear prim or outdated styles. Look for the casual pieces and streamlined cuts like a white lace t-shirt worn with white jeans. Does other popular day look? Sweatshirts with lace detail and all lace pencil skirts worn chambray shirts.

2. Choose High-Quality Lace

Just because you are wearing lace by day and not night, it doesn’t mean you can skimp on quality. If you cheap out by buying thin, stretchy lace, you are going to look like you got your outfit at the dollar store. 40+ bodies demand quality look chic, and lace is one of those fabrics where this really counts. Buy good quality.

3. Don’t O.D. on Lace

Too much lace is exhausting to look at and tacky too. Don’t overdo it. For example, if  you wear an all lace dress- don’t wear lace anywhere else. You can get too much of a good thing.

4.Experiment With Colored Lace

Playful colors counter the naughtiness of lace-making lace lighthearted and more inviting by day. Vibrant blue, red, green, and purple is popular.

5. Keep Hair and Make-up Loose and  Natural

This is key. We often forget about the total look. Stiff lace + stiff hair and lots of make-up look harsh and old. If you are going to wear lace by day or by night, keep your look  more casual.and carefree.

6. Aim for an Easygoing Look

Too much jewelry or a ton of accessories doesn’t look relaxed. Keep your look simple and sleek to make lace look lovely and daytime-friendly.

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7. Wear the Right Undergarments

When it comes to wearing lace, you need to use a little common sense, especially if you are wearing it by day. I saw an attractive woman in her late 40’s at the Heathrow airport in jeans and a white , see-through lace stop.  Everyone around her couldn’t stop staring at her very sexy, low-cut, push-up bra peeking through underneath. We all thought she must have had a secret desire to be a stripper! Don’t forget a camisole when needed if you are wearing lace.