Has anyone else noticed that lace is in high demand these days? Lace is not just for your grandma’s fancy tablecloth anymore, but every piece of apparel as well. Being a child of the 1990s, I immediately think of frilly dresses with layers of lace trim and lacey headbands with obnoxious bows attached. But in 2013, lace has taken on a whole new meaning.
Many stores within the mall have caught on to this trend. I have seen lace shorts, tanks, shirts, and not-so-obnoxious 1990s headbands. After seeing this fashion in real life, I think the manufacturers forgot one very important detail: Lace contains holes.
Although I am in favor of lace making a comeback, I believe there are more tasteful ways to wear the trend. Lace, which is usually the only fabric on the back of the shirt, gives the essence of showing a little skin without being completely bare. The tees and tanks are generally paired with a bandeau top (aka a small piece of fabric covering the chest area) leaving the wearer to show said bandeau and back. When the two are paired together, the ensemble looks like you are beach ready, not class ready. I feel like the trend has a time and a place, but the classroom is not either. Plus, there’s always the factor of gaining an unwanted reputation. It also makes it harder to take anyone seriously when they are literally half dressed.
Maybe instead, try a solid tank or camisole underneath. Now, I’m not saying take it all the way back to the 1990s, but let’s be modest ladies. Lace can be very classy and tasteful if worn in an appropriate manner. No matter how much lace is on the shirt, if you can see what is hiding underneath, it is definitely not enough shirt. If you choose to “lace up” your wardrobe, wear something underneath so you aren’t giving the whole University an unintended show.