I’ver never been a fan of lace, especially white lace. I’m not a girly girl and I don’t feel it represents me or my style at all. There was not a single fibre of lace on my wedding dress, the one day I MIGHT have made an exception to my lace aversion! But like every single ‘rule’ I have about fashion, it is made to be broken. Enter this absolutely exquisite cutwork lace dress from Marks and Spencer. As soon as I saw it, I wanted it. Like a lot of gems you can find on M&S, I think it looks well above its £89 ($134) price point. It also comes in a A-line midi skirt version with a Gucci-esque sport stripe waistband, but I prefer the dress.
I can cope with this lace because it is a foliate pattern rather than prissy floral one. I like the discreetly sexy short slip inside so that the light streams through the open lace at the bottom. And I like the minimalist black cord belt. You could change it a lot by putting any belt with it really… a dusty pink satin ribbon to match a pair of shoes, a sparkly silver one for evening, or a tan leather one to dress it down with a pair of flat summer sandals. Today, I decided to stick to the minimalist cord one it came with. It was SO windy and chilly today that I wore my favourite black satin jacket over it (seen here before). A biker jacket works brilliantly as well, but I just did that a few posts back. Maybe because I’m wearing my hair up (due to the crazy wind), every shoe I put on with this outfit made it look a bit prim and evening-ish, so for a daytime look, I went in the opposite direction and chose these black suede studded Isabel Marant boots. I realise they are not everyone’s cup of tea, but man, are they mine! Just like the cutout lace dress, it was love at first sight. The selling points for me were: a) because of the iconic unusual heel, it won’t look dated in a few years, b) the edgy silver studs because I love anything shiny as you well know! and c) the clever way the boot dips down in the front, elongating the leg when you wear it with cropped jeans, or a shorter dress that shows it off better than this one.
I’m just going to leave you with lots of photos of this dress photographed at Chiswick House, bathed in glorious Spring sunshine, as a backdrop. It is such a magnificent location; one we’re so lucky to have in West London. It is a dream, really, a villa set amongst 65 acres of wilderness and gardens. I wish I could move in!
Dress: Marks and Spencer (UK link)
Dress: Marks and Spencer (US link)
Midi Skirt: Marks and Spencer (UK)
Midi Skirt: Marks and Spencer (US)
Jacket: Barbera Bui (old)
Boots: Isabel Marant (sold out)
Sunglasses: ZeroUV Rihanna
Silver clutch: Uterque (old)