Nada Shepherd knows a thing or two about love and all of its lusty manifestations. Take her spring 2010 collection shown at LG Fashion Week, for example. Entitled Infatuation models sashayed down the runway in boudoir-inspired frocks, sexy satin jumpsuits and, most prominently, varying versions of lace. We chatted with the Canadian designer to get her style advice on how to incorporate the lacy look into our spring wardrobe.

  • The boudoir was a huge influence for me for spring 2010, so when thinking about lace, lean towards loose, comfortable silhouettes that have movement; almost as if you were wearing lingerie during the day.
  • Black lace is always sophisticated, yet edgy. If the noir shade is too morose, then opt for a navy blue, or even a deep brown. White lace can look too bridal, too innocent almost. The lace pattern itself should be delicate and feminine.
  • If overt sexiness is not your thing and you’re looking for a more demure look, find lace pieces that you can layer, like a camisole under a sweater; a lace-inspired turtleneck, or lacy tights. You can still look elegant while sporting the trend.
  • What to avoid: Lace that is too body-con. There is a big difference between lace that is fitted on the body, and lace that is just too tight. It is a delicate fabrication and a garment that is too small may not be able to handle the stress at the seams; plus, you don’t want to channel that call girl look. Where it with confidence – and a killer pair of stilettos always helps!

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