Top, Sir The Label
Necklace (worn throughout), model’s own


Dress (worn as top), Matin
Skirt, Aje

The ethereal fabric settles into an assured new space

Lace has long has been loaded with ultra-feminine connotations that bounce between conservative and coquettish, but this binary view of the decorative fabric is fast becoming a thing of the past. The new mood when it comes to wearing lace is one of ladylike louche, with designers turning out laid-back silhouettes that strike a balance between stitched up and unabashedly sexy.

A focus on airy shades furthers the reach of today’s languid lace shapes. Brights can skew twee, while black tends to imply after dark, but a pale palette bridges the day-night divide, looking effortlessly elevated in the process.

As for allure, elegant guipure-weaved pieces deliver in spades—just consider the quiet sexiness a covered up yet subtly sheer dress evokes by simply hinting at what lies beneath. It’s by blurring these traditional lines that new-wave lace hits its point home: the modern woman is multidimensional and her clothes should be too.

Shirt, Aje
Underwear, Eco Intimates

Bralette, Eco Intimates
Skort, Sir The Label

1920’s Vintage Dress, Chasing Unicorns Archive

Bralette, Endless Love Byron Bay
Shorts, Matin

Dress, Matin


Photography, Styling & Art Direction Wade Edwards
Hair Kyye Reed using Oribe @ Work Agency
Makeup Angie Barton using Armani @ Jane Artist Management
Model Casey Caroline @ IMG
Words Natalie Mell


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