Of all the personalities lace can take on—sweet, sultry, romantic, goth Morticia Adams—a crafty-feeling version that resembles macramé is having a renaissance. Guipure lace, which connects the motifs with thicker crossbars in lieu of mesh or tulle, feels heavier than most, leaning in toward chunkier macramé and crochet. It’s the stuff your grandma’s kitchen curtains, tablecloths, and doilies were made of. And when used on cocktail and tea-length dresses—and in rich, vibrant colors—the result is dramatic without feeling overly formal. It’s textural and embellished, vintage-y and feminine. And somehow it feels just right for end of summer weddings and soirees. But the allure doesn’t stop there. The deep hues of these dresses will bleed seamlessly into autumn—just add tights and a moto jacket.
Alice + Olivia Corina Cap Sleeve Dress in Ivy, $495, Clique Boutique in Prairie Village (above)
The crew neck and cap sleeves are demure; the whimsical floral pattern, swingy skirt, and scalloped hem are anything but straight-laced. And remember this color—you’ll be seeing it everywhere.
Milly Gabrielle Dress, $495, Halls Kansas City in Crown Center
If you have an affinity for both romantic and edgy styles, this dress blends them seamlessly—and the keyhole in back is a bonus on humid August nights.
Darcy Dress in Mustard, $144, Anaphora in Prairiefire
A geometric motif in glorious goldenrod combines with a sleeveless, high-neck style for a modern feel.
London Times Navy Lace dress, $154, Miriam Garvey in Fairway
Paper-thin and nearly weightless, these chino-cargo-jogger hybrids have a looser, tapered fit. They’re as comfortable as pajamas, but refined enough to leave the house.
Adrianna Papell Fit & Flare Dress, $99, Miriam Garvey in Fairway
Rows of contrasting flowers come together in a slimming chevron pattern that’s versatile enough for day or night.