Black Lace for the Fuller Figured: Is It Wearable?

Sarah Conley
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Hanky Panky's Signature Lace Tee

They say trends happen in threes -- spot a look twice and it's a coincidence, but three times and you've found a bona fide trend. Black lace made a comeback on the runways of Tadashi Shoji, Emilio Pucci, and Balmain. It was even used to update Louis Vuitton's classic Speedy handbag for Fall 2010. 

Taking a cue from the major design houses, retailers like Banana Republic and Topshop have incorporated the material into their fall collections.

Translating trends from the runway to reality can often be difficult (and generally isn't made any easier when you're above a size 12), but wearing black lace this fall couldn't be simpler.

Can you use your curves to make the most of this trend? Oh, yes, you can ... if you play by these rules:

Choose a versatile piece

Lingerie brand Hanky Panky is known for their signature lace, so when they launched their plus-size boutique earlier this year, the Signature Lace Tee ($62) quickly became a favorite. Great for layering under low-cut tops or pairing with a solid black cami, this lace tee is as versatile as it is on trend.

Stay away from clichés

Madonna's "Like a Virgin" days were one of the highlights of the '80s, so it's probably best not to revisit her style. Highlight your fashion-forward choice by making the lace the focal point of your outfit, keeping the other details simple. Pair tops with clean lines and sleek silhouettes, like The Most Fabulous Pant ($34.90).

Accessories can make or break your look

Layered chains or pearls might take your look more retro than modern, so opt for simplicity instead. Try a thin silver chain or stud earrings to allow the sheerness of the lace to stand out. If you're taking black lace into holiday (highly recommended), try upping the sparkle with a rhinestone necklace, like the AE Mesh Rhinestone Necklace ($15.50).

Have you worn black lace this season? If not, what's stopping you? Share in the comments below!


Image via Hanky Panky


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