Stripped off any organza or tulle, lace has unrivalled ways of adding sheer femininity to day and evening looks. Whereas bohemian crochet lace dresses are recurring trends for summer, winter festivities are best marked in a blood red and black lace party dress. Chiffon has similar credibilities: be it a romantic poet blouse or a full-blown mermaid dress, chiffon equals sensuality and decadence.
A romantic nod to Edwardian dress or retro reference to 1970s bohemians, vintage lace can be dressed up or down with ease. Pair a semi-transparent tea-length vintage lace dress with a mannish flannel shirt and pay tribute to Kurt and Courtney’s immortal grunge looks at the summer festival; or opt out of your usual A-line office attire in favour of a floral applique long-sleeve lace dress for a memorable impression. For chiffon, channel your inner Cher with a pair of perfect fitting flare jeans to go with a semi-transparent silk chiffon blouse for an effortless everyday look.
Not yet convinced of lace and chiffon’s versatility? Find evidence in the style files: Grace Kelly’s elegant vintage lace wedding dress from 1956 cement lace as a glamourous option for formalwear; and crochet vintage lace skirt suits as modelled by Twiggy in the 1960s prove that lace work for the everyday too. On the androgynous side? Look out for the Avant Garde interpretations of chiffon and ruffles in unexpected materials and garments like leather biker jacket and denim skirts – eye-dazzling drama and future vintage by the likes of Alexander McQueen and Junya Watanabe.
OfV says: From sheer and chic to high impact frills and ruffles, chiffon and lace can create fabulous silhouettes and conceal as much as they reveal. Whether you like to float in layers, rock a touch of Victoriana or are a master of the art of perfect cloth placement, Open for Vintage has a fabulous collection of vintage lace dresses and vintage chiffon pieces to add the lightest feminine or nostalgic touch to your day or evening look. With their rich historic sensibilities, we dare to say that vintage lace and sheer is the most alluring.