28.5.10

Lace Is Way Too Pretty for Me!


I bought this dress in Berlin because it reminded my of Prada lace designs and of sexy 50s secretaries; but I never wear it. Don't get me wrong, I love the outfits in Mad Men just as anyone, but when it comes to myself a proper knee length dress like this just makes me feel totally overdressed. The last time I wore it I picked up a tennis ball and threw it to my coach which made the old, delicate lace rip. (It took me hours to fix it.)

Although when I look at these pictures I’m thinking maybe not all is lost. I guess what it needs is some kick-ass boots and a black belt with lots of metal - Plus standing in the bathtub and looking black and white.


How would you style a dress like this?
dress: vintage (integrety casuals), boots: givenchy, belt: 2nd hand

89 comments:

Joker said...

Lace! Is NOT too pretty for you.It suits everybody,depending on we wear it.With the boots and the belt you did it well.Now it suits you too.:) I like it.And that light...

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

That bath-tub shot is sublime, and lace is not too "pretty" for you, dear! Lace is not pretty - Lace is feminine - And you are all woman, right? I would marry it with a nice hat and perhaps gloves if I'm wearing the dress to tea or Sunday brunch. Opposites attract - lace dress with boots goes well, too, but am not too keen on the belt, though, but that's just me.

Since your hair is bright and red why not take a picture showing the contrast of red hair against white/cream lace with a splash of something green?:-)

SabinePsynopsis said...

Joker - Thank you!

FA&oF - Great tips, which I will keep in mind. So, next time it will be gloves and a nice hat (oh dear, I need to get these things first).

Dancing Branflake said...

You look awesome in lace! I really think it's the other way around- you're too pretty for lace.

By the way, I love that this post contains tennis. I hope your arm gets feeling better soon.

CHANTELLE said...

i beg to differ, YOU are too pretty for lace, doll :) i love how you teamed it with a gorgeous belt and killer shoes! have a wonderful weekend ♥

Ferferi said...

I would style it as you did or with sandals! Perhpas with a pair of pumps too. Hmm It could be styled in many ways whenI think of it...!

Maddy said...

Lace is definitely not "too" pretty for you! But I do like how you made it edgy with the boots & belt! A surprisingly great combo!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Dancing Branflake - Thank you! Yes, it's not too bad. I've tuned the tennis down a bit. Also my coach said more whole body movements, less arm only - so I'm practising that.

THESTREETFASHION5XPRO said...

great look...fabulous dress...amazing boots

Karoline said...

WOW, AMAZING!!

meggasus said...

Lace and leather is always a winning combination! ;)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Sabine you styled it PERFECTLY sweetie! I love how you toughened it up. That's exactly how I would wear it. You're amazing :)

Have a wonderful weekend, love! xoxo

Dusk said...

[gasp!!!!] Gorgeous Woman!! You simply must wear this!! I LOVE this! really love lace when it's not worn 'delicately'!! This is perfect styling!

You look STUNNING!!!...and damn sexy... even though we can't see your face, these images ooze Charlotte Rampling style sexiness!! All cool and edgy and elegant and dangerous!

RepublicOfChic said...

No, you're too pretty for lace! :P

Gorgeous shots as usual. Loving the unusual combination with the boots :)

Iva said...

WELL....I think it looks super beautiful on you!!!

michelle_ said...

this is a fabulous lace piece !
have a great weekend !
GLISTERS & BLISTERS

Angeles Almuna Design said...

Cool dress! love lace and it's coming back for next season, so...now you are prepare, just you need a good coat , a pair of hells( Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010) and a good accessory!
Kisses and thank you for your comment!

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marian said...

that is a gorge lace piece, so summery
xx
marian.

Sniff said...

The dress is really fab for summer, and I love your styling of it. I've got a pair of camel colored suede boots with cowboy style heels - if I had a similar dress I might have tried that combo to see how it looked, and maybe also a jeans vest or jacket.

janettaylor said...

How gorgeous!

Leia said...

fabulous dress!!!!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Lace is not too pretty for anyone - you included. You look phenomenal, Sabine. And the buckled boots are the perfect balance to add a little masculinity to lace!! :)

Dressing On The Side said...

you're totally on the right track. opposites attract (or atleast make things very interesting!) will love to see where this goes.

Haute World said...

I would definitely style it with leather as well. Something to give it a rock edge. Lace is something I hardly wear because white lace is a little too charming and black lace reminds me too much of my goth phase in high school...

Fee-AMore said...

I liked the way you styled it! I adored all the details and how stunning these white lacy looked against the black!

shari @ little blue deer said...

I would style it EXACTLY like you did! It's the only way to go, the boots make it. Definitely wear it, it looks fab.

Vintage Vixen said...

I know how you feel, Sabine, I have a vintage green lace dress that I have to work really hard at not to look too ladylike, 'cos I ain't no lady!

You've got it so right, ankle boots and a rock chick belt taking it from "lady who lunches" to "lady who raunches".

Fabulous, my dear!
Vix
xxx

BALLET NEWS said...

It's perfect !

Right now I'm trying to track down a lace jacket that is made from cotton and silk rather than nylon or polyester. You wouldn't believe how tricky it's proving to be....

Have a lovely weekend

Fé... said...

The lace dress is very feminine and beautiful. And I really love how you match it with funky boots! Kinda cool. You've got style girl!

Mat said...

really like lace, i'll leave the styling to you! but it looks lovely on you. is it true white or cream?

thanks for the feedback on the painting, i'm looking forward to doing more soon, i won't plan them, just see what happens. and that was the only okish picture of me! enjoy your weekend.

drollgirl said...

lace is tricky. real tricky. especially white lace. then again, black lace is so stevie nicks, that it can be tricky too.

but i think you were smart to rough it up with the shoes and belt. too girlie is usually a no-no in my book.

i am not making any sense! sorry about that! and i hope you have a great weekend!

Isabel said...

i love how you styled it! soft lace with an edgy belt and booties..LOVE
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naomemandeflores said...

That dress is so awesome! You should wear it more often!!!

Le Sigh of a Fashionista said...

I love the way you styled it! It looks AWESOME on you. You should wear it all the time, it's beautiful!

Carmen said...

Such a pretty dress, love it with the boots and the belt!

Carmen.xx.

Eliza said...

Oh I just love all that lace!! Hmm...to dress it up I might laye a few pieces over it. Like a solid colored sweater, a thick belt.. otherwise, if you're not wearing it often, perhaps it's time to think about modifying it? You could always make it shorter, of conversly, you could even turn the top half into a petticoat of sorts and keep the bottom as a skirt.

Anyways, your photos are lovely. I wouldn't give it up just yet :)

S.Elisabeth said...

Ha I would wear it in the girliest way possible by throwing in some light blue ribbon around the waist and some sort of cheerful pumps. But I love the way you styled it! Your boots and belt definitely dress it down!

Cindy Whitehead said...

I love how you styled it with the black boots (LOVE those!) and the belt - perfect!

INTRO TO MY LIFE said...

lace and leather, very sexy lol

p.s: im sure you can pull off any look

ediot said...

hi darling! thanks for stopping by. what a great blog you got. and that dress looks divine!

i would style it with sneakers- or docs.
and a denim jacket or a leather jacket.

hope youre having a wondeful weekend

xx ediot
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Winnie said...

Oh! Oh! This lace dress is not too pretty for you, it looks so stunning!

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

I think you found the perfect way to style it! Seriously, the whole outfit looks fantastic just like that! =)

pilcuis said...

I think you should totally wear it is so beautiful really!!

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Daphne said...

That dress is an incredible find!! The shape is so flattering and feminine. It feels like its out of a western! I think the boots and belt add so much! You really have styled it perfectly!
xo

Josie said...

I love this with the black boots! I agree; an edgy belt would really tone down the sweetness!
xxoo Josie
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Jennifer Fabulous said...

This dress is absolutely GORGEOUS. It takes my breath away. And to pair it with those black boots was pure genius. :)

apparellel said...

that dress is gorgeous and i think you styled it perfectly. the studded belt at the waist and the boots are perfect!

xxx
t

Kazuko said...

wow. and the boots... gorgeous. it's perfect. i've tried to think of any other possibility to wear that dress, though. nothing... You did it just the way it had to be done :)

sinnlighet said...

Wow ... you have such a great taste in your choice of photos for your blog, I'm just love everthing.... and your lovely mix of clothes & boots... WOOOW!!!

And, thanks for visiting Wabi & Sabi! (you are too kind with your comments)!!

Agneta

märta stockholm sweden said...

so beautiful!

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Margaret said...

oooh but this is so gorgeous on you!
you should wear it with studs or something to de-pretty it :D
xx

Romany said...

Pure awesome. I absolutely love it, you've styled it beautifully!
Romany
xx
p.s. re: nudity, I 100% agree with you. I'm pro unrestricted attitudes towards sex, but it's just becoming more and more crude. I guess only time will tell...

MaNAa said...

OMG beautifull dress you look gorgeous love it so much!

Cupcakes are fashion ! said...

You should wear it , it looks good !

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XOXO, C.

theredcurry said...

Oh you look gorgeous! So romantic!

Sara

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Style by Skeide said...

Woow love that amazing lace dress:)

Fashionistable said...

I think you are right the belt and the kick ass boots give it attitude. Go for it. Xxx

anni said...

absolutely stunning dress !

Margaux. said...

very pretty! I probably would never find the occasion to wear it, but I think how you have it styled is perfect. maybe I'd wear a leather jacket too

Phuong said...

great lace dress!

Susu Paris Chic said...

I just love love love the contrast and savvy play with textures and colors! Your fashion eye never fails.

Hugs from NY!

Angie Muresan said...

I LOVE how you wear it! And what do you mean, too pretty? A pretty dress for a pretty lady!

Marla Singer said...

lady, you look even prettier in lace! i love the dress so much and the boots rock <33

Miiicha said...

So pretty ! :) I really like it

notjustmedical said...

That's such a pretty white dress! I think even with just sandals it could work.

S
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Johanna Urban said...

Love <3

Have a wonderful day!

Johanna, Sweden
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Missy M said...

wow you look amazing!

Missy
High street + Couture =
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Audrey Allure said...

Such a gorgeous dress, love the lace!

Jen said...

This is a gorgeous look for you, Sabine - and so different from your usual style! It's a wonderful dress. x

annamargrete said...

Wow, I'm in love with that dress!!!

B.M.H said...

Love that dress!! Really and with those boots!!

Thanks for your lovely comment dear!

Kisses
Lara

Fashion Court said...

that lace is amazing! i'm not quite sure how i'd style it though. perhaps black tights/leggings for a bit of a contrast?

Yaryy said...

this dress is so cute! i love it..

ilovecoolthings said...

um eeeellllllllllllllllllllo?????? you are totally rocking that fucking dress! yeeeeehaw! Those black leather boots are killing me with the prettiness of the lace. Tres tres chic darling. Sexy but classy at the same time. It's sooo hard to reach that balance and you do it beautifully here!
x

Heather said...

perfect b+w shot! of course love the naughty/nice idea!

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

I think you styled it perfectly! Tough accessories make it look beautiful!

Pratishtha Durga said...

LOL. Lace and leather... what an awesome combination. Your lace dress is fabulous. In black and white and in color. It's perfectly styled.

Sunaina said...

omg this dress is too beautiful!
I like the way you teamed it with leather. I'd wear it like this
http://imagecache.asos.com/inv/x/7/222/1019348/cream/image1xl.jpg

or http://s3.amazonaws.com/weardrobe1/pictures/0015/9011/3661073741_a2548bb529_normal.jpg

Sleekit said...

You have styled this look so well, looks great and love the bath tub shot

Rocked some lace here
http://sleekitone.blogspot.com/2010/03/15-top-two-ways.html

Sleekit x

Jolly Josi said...

Loveee the lace !

Raquel said...

oh I'm a lace lover! this dress is perfect! I think you did a nice job with the contrasting with those boots and belt!
x

Passport Smiles said...

These boots are jaw-dropping.

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Meho M said...

I LOVE!!!!

the dress is unbelievably gorgeous, and i especially love the accessorizing with black boots and belt.

Wear it out, it looks amazing.

Meho xx

Marinka said...

I love your dress its gorgeous, I think I could not have styled it better, the boots are perfect with it!

Tanvi said...

Here via Fashion, Art and other fancies :o) Love it! ... this lace dress is gorgeous! Awesome shots! ... Shall be following you

valerie said...

cute!

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mm_megan said...

what a sweet dress! =) love the lace details, i'm into lace right now myself. i'll be following you. =)

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Julia said...

OH MY GOD! I looove this dress!