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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Lace looks old lady when you wear prim or outdated styles.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.
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.
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