There’s something unabashedly pretty about lace dresses—no doubt the reason they’re so popular with brides the world over—but this season, both high-street and runway designers are buying into something a little bit different. We might not go as far to call it “edge” exactly (lashings of lace will always feel at least a bit ladylike, after all), but thanks to button-down shirtdresses, rich autumn colour palettes and, in the case of one very special Kitri dress, ’80s-style power shoulders, the new influx of lace dresses have a lot more to say for themselves (just check out the Dolce & Gabbana A/W 17 collection).
Of course, there are still delicate lacy dresses on offer, but why not toughen things up by teaming a super-pretty frock with a pair of statement boots—we’re big fans of over-the-knee styles right now—and some carefully chosen bold jewellery?
Keep scrolling to shop our pick of the best lace dresses out there right now.
Move fast—this Mango beauty is selling quickly.
This is what we call dreamy, especially with some sleek sock boots.
Wear with kitten heels and fierce earrings.
Super cute—we'll be teaming it with leather.
Hello, party season!
We can see Alexa Chung in this.
Does anyone do lace quite like D&G? We love the black trim.
Bring the glamour.
Just add killer boots.
Time to channel your inner Madonna.
This one looks far more expensive than the price tag.
Who says lace can't be super casual?
Under £100? We'll take it!
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