Laces and Brights: Feels Oh, So Right!

This summer there's so much to look forward to wear throughout the season! For me, it's not solely bringing in the new trends per se, yet it's the old that has caught my eye. Lace is back and where it's at... of course if you follow this blog or know me at all then you already understand how much I adore lace on a level that only a lace maker would probably understand... or fellow lace obsessive fashionista (The LOF/Ladyofashion).  
                        


For this season's summer trends, I'm also looking forward to wearing bright colours. Bold, bright hues are constantly a favourite in my wardrobe so for the summer I've been mostly thinking about pinks, corals, yellows, turquoise hues, and actually any variant of those colours (Yes, this would also include borderlines of the lovely fuchsias, and seafoams).

I decided to begin my summer with a shot of retro and contemporary, taking inspiration from Beds and, Crochet Lace to Chantilly, and even Venetian or needlelace, because to me it's all very good. I'm excited to wear lace in brights this season and have seen a few unique versions of it in shorts and skirt silhouettes, which have caught my eye sprightly with bold colour or by its beautiful charm in nudes.
The story of the seasons:  I love the root of lace (what the Italians called "punto in aria," stitch in air) in general, dating back even as far as the 15th century; with each era, season and time period there's an interesting way of wearing lace even in current forms today. I became an ardent lace appreciator when I worked at a costuming shop where creations of 18th and 19th century clothing for reenactments and theatre took place, since then I have been fascinated with lace making. We can thank Italy and Belguim for its popularity and elaborate groundwork at lace's birth, however every region now seems to have their own spin on styles of lace.

The myriad of colours and fabrics today blended by new and modified techniques for the lace lover is also intriguing to me as much as the artful process in initial creation. Here's inspiration to show my love for lace and brights; together making me anxious to wear colour with intermixing lace in an inspiring way this season.
                         


This post is apart of Kristy Elena's Full-time Fabulous blog event. To view other summer trends and read more from participating blogger's click here!


Further notes: Styles of lace, Lace origins 


The goods: Hat- Courtesty of Goorin brothers, Buckle Clogs-gifted/Spain, Coral-Lace Skirt- Anthropologie, Tee- Roxy, Chain bracelet-Gestalt Collection. (At right):  Turquoise leather belt: Urban Outfitters, Strapless dress- Love, Gold/Turquoise beaded headpiece- DIY (more to come!), vintage: Crochet cardigan with dyed floral pieces added -Ladyofashion, banded straw hat: Urban Outfitters *inspiration boards-ladyofashion
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  1. yum! i love both laces AND brights so i'm totally digging the trends you chose. you look fabulous in both outfits and my goodness girl, you have a kickin' bod!! 

    i love the story of the seasons that you posted as well!  love that italians call it punto in aria! lace really does look like a stitch in the air. =)

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  2. I am all for lace...You are fabulous in both pics, my dear Madison.
    Besos.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  3. I love how you show how versatile and romantic lace is!

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  4. Bo-Tarah Rose08 June, 2011

    That dress is adorable! I own something similar in black. I much prefer it in brights though! You're rockin it!

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  5. The lace on the skirt is great you look very hip!

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  6. LOVE this post. Lace is so hot, and you really know how to style it, lady!! You look gorgeous!

    xo

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  7. Caramellitsa08 June, 2011

    love this trend!! great post!! lace is so in this season just like winter!

    your blog is really pretty!! followed you :D
    kisses <3
    caramellitsa

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  8. Been trying to leave comments on your blog since last week without much luck. Let's hope it works this time. I adore the romance of lace - especially the antique/vintage variety. I like the way you styled this outfit and lace looks fabulous on you;-)

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  9. That's a great crochet shirt! Love the flower on the back

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  10. I've seen the lace trend look so good on people but I can't see it working on me :( I've been on the hunt to find a lace piece that I think I could pull off but no luck. But you look great!

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  11. Hotsymalone08 June, 2011

    You look totally adorable in all your shots.  Love the combination of lace with bright colors.  Especially am fond of that crochet cardigan!  Check out my online consignment store called octobermoonboutique.com sometime.  You might find some pieces there you like!

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  12. Lace and brights are a good pair!! never would of thought, I love how you put the netted knit top and the fedora together, awesome!!

    -Tee

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  13. The second outfit is my absolute favorite!

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  14. Oh I love lace! LOVE! I had no idea of the origin-"Stitch in air" how apt! I'm totally stealing that pink skirt with the lace overlay idea...it's so gorgeous and would've never thought of it!!! Thanks for sharing Madison. 

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  15. Brights & lace, perfect combo! You look gorgeous as ever, and I loved the story about the seasons! :) <3

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  16. So pretty! I love both these trends! That coral color looks so gorgeous on you!

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  17. Lovely, lovely looks on you, Madison! This post is gorgeous, and it's so fun that you added in that history about lace. It's amazing how old lace it, and yet it remains rather timeless. And the brights are such an unexpected and delightful combination, too!

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  18. i'm definitely looking into more lace this summer. love the belted dress!

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  19. Hhmmm, not certain why it would not have worked. Many people say they need to use Chrome or Firefox browser. (perhaps it's with DisQus or Blogger), but so glad that you stopped by to visit again any way.
    Thank you so much!

    Cheers,
    Madison

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  20. Hey there Bo-Tarah,
    Thanks lady... so happy that you also love brights! -xxoo

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  21. Hi Caramelitsa!

    Welcome & thank you so much! I agree, lace is quite timeless and can be worn throughout any season! :)

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  22. Hi Tara!
    Welcome and thank you for the kind words. Have a great day! 
    Ladyofashion ~ Madison!  :)

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  23. I love lace! Lovely story.. I didn't know that first lace was called punto in aria..interesting :)

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  24. Hi Jamillah dear! Thanks! Yes, I do love a bit of research & history you know! lol I find it fascinating. Cheers, my fellow lace lover! -xxoo
    ~hugs to you!  

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  25. sartorialsidelines08 June, 2011

    I love the idea of these trends together the way you merged in them in your looks - great idea!

    xoxo ~ Courtneyhttp://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  26. you show some really great way to wear these styles...so pretty!

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  27. I do believe you have the best collection of hats on the Blogosphere. You look amazing. I want to copy everything here.

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  28. I love the lace trends and all of your outfits! The coral-lace skirt is my favorite. Thanks for the history of lace; very interesting.

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  29. Thanks Ofelia! I felt that it was important to incorporate a little history in case many did not know, which seems to be the case, I'm so happy it was well received!  -xo

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  30. Oh thanks Casee dear! I'm very happy that you liked it! It is quite timeless, I think that's whay I love best about lace, versatile styles, history & it's timeless aesthetic. :-)

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  31. Hello Atymbre, Welcome! Thank you very much for your comment & reading this post!  :)

    ~Ladyofashion 

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  32. Yay, lace lovers! Thanks Audrey!  Can't wait to see pics from your trip...

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  33. haha! Hello Emily, a big THANK YOU! I do collect hats, and just absolutely love them.  Thanks for the wonderful compliment, dear! :)

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  34. Oh, thanks so much! 
    Looking forward to viewing your pieces. Have a great day!

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  35. Thank you my dear Sacramento! xxoo
    Besos!

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  36. Hey Kirsten!
    Thanks so much, I've had alot of practice with lace and cannot get enough! -xxoo  :)

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  37. Hi Mandi,
     So glad that you liked it, I dyed & sewed a floral design on the back of this vintage-crochet cardigan, theres also more on the sleeves... 
    Thanks! -xo

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  38. I feel that you could totally pull it off dear! Good luck on the hunt to find the right piece, I entirely understand..maybe start with a tank of some sort. -xo Thanks for commenting!  :)

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  39. Hi LaCara,

    So happy that you thought so... Thank you! :)

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  40. Thanks Cheryl! That turquoise belt is a favourite! Enjoy your week dear!

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  41. I love your outfits! The colors and combinations are fantastic.  You really know how to create a total look :)

    xoxo
    Cyrillynn

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  42. That coral lace skirt is so very gorgeous!

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  43. Thank you Sanja! Yes, the history of lace is quite interesting. ;)

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  44. Thank you Courtney! I love merging things together to create a unique look. -xxoo

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  45. Glad that you liked them! Thanks Krystal! :)

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  46. awww, Thank you!  I really appreciate that lovely compliment Cyrillynn! -xxoo

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  47. Why, Thank you! 

    Have an amazing rest of the week! -xo

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  48. Thanks so much for the lovely words Kristy! The Italians really know their fashion, but you already knew that one! hehe!  :) xo

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  49. Hope Adela Pasztor09 June, 2011

    i love that basket weave sweater! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  50. OMG!!! Lace and Coral together... I think I just had a fashion-gasm. Great trends!!! :)

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  51. These are such cute outfits. What a unique crochet top in that last photo.

    Thank you for visiting my blog the other day.
    Daphne.
    http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com

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  52. Fantastic take on the trend!! I love how you've incorporated lace and brights! Such a wonderful combination!

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  53. Thanks for the beautiful post Madison!! I love that you have provided a history of lace and its origin! Burano in Italy is a prime example of the fine craftsmanship of Italian lace. Lace is interesting as it can be modern and a throw back into the yesteryears thereby giving a vintage feel. I have a special fondness for lace. My grandmother was an artist and she used to crochet yards and yards of lace for hankies. It reminds me of the very un-complicated warm summer afternoons I used to spend with her while she crocheted lace. Thanks for sharing Madison.

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  54. Cashmereandcandy09 June, 2011

    Thanks so much for this post! I didn't know anything about the origin of lace (and nor did I think about it, really) so that was very educational! 

    I'm your newest follower!

    www.cashmereandcandy.com

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  55. I have to admit it took Miuccia Prada to make lace approachable to me... but now I like it. Great lac-y ideas in your outfits!

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  56. Loving the styling! Great pieces!
    Have a great day :)
    -Ellie

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  57. Madison, you rock and you are gorgeous! You put so much effort into your posts. I love lace but the story behind it makes it even more beautiful. xxx

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  58. Myrepublicoffashion09 June, 2011

    Gorgeous outfits. I especially love that dress. This summer I am loving....COLOUR!! :)SarahD

    PS Now following. :)

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  59. Thank you so very much! I'm glad that you liked this post. I adore lace and am always intrigued by the story of or clothing. -xo

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  60. Thanks  & welcome to the blog! :)

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  61. Hi Daphne,
    Thanks so much! 

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  62. haha! Thanks doll, I get that way too anytime I see V. Westwood, Sandra Backlund, Dries Van Noten, and Comme de Garcon.... lol + a few others. xo

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  63. Hi Hope,
    Thanks you for visiting and commenting, so glad that you liked the sweater too, it's a fav! :)

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  64. Myblissisthisway09 June, 2011

    gorgeous outfits! you look great :)





    myblissisthisway.blogspot.com

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  65. aww, Vix Thank you! That means so much, I do enjoy posts like these, but yes it is alot of work, so I thank you dear for acknowledging the effort! Lots of love,
    Madison:)

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  66. Hi Ellie,
     Thanks hon! -xxoo

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  67. Hi Sabine,
    That's interesting, but happy that Prada got you inspired to view lace in a different light. There are loads of beautiful lace in such diverse ranges even from 40s & 50s that I love from vintage embroidery to Oscar de la Renta. Thanks for the comment! -xo

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  68. Hello & Welcome to FASHION TALES!
     I'm happy that you learned something new. It seems many did not know about the origin of lace, I really wanted to share a bit about it instead of just a mere trending image. Thanks so much! -xo

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  69. Thank you Steph, dear! :)

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  70. Gorgeousglam09 June, 2011

    I love lace! Loving your outfits too doll!! gorgeous! xo

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  71. Hello dear, 
    Thank you for the lovely compliments. It's such a good colour! -xo

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  72. Hi there,
     Thank you so much! lace is a wonderful treasure in a wardrobe. :)

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  73. Loving the lace right now too! Looks fabulous on you!

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  74. Madison, Wow...I hadn't thought of combining lace and brights!  This is good inspiration.  Thanks for the encouraging comment.  About my Google readers, first I lost them, then I got them back, and now I have lost them again!  But I vow to figure this out!  The tutorials really help.  Debbie  http://thriftygirlvintage.com

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  75. Hi Debbie,
    Thank you! & thanks for telling me about the the transformation, I 'm happy that you switched, I'm still trying to figure out if I will indeed do the move too! -xxoo Happy weekend! 

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  76. Hi Missy!
    Thank you! have a great weekend! -xo

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  77. I'm really into crochet too! love lace!



    Shasie 
    Live Life in
    Style

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  78. Thank you dear! Enjoy your day! -xxoo

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  79. Sweet Veloso14 June, 2011

    I LOVE THE LACE!!!! I am just starting to comment on this event...that's how busy I am...I love the trend my dear...and everything suits you well....

    Look at your sexy body dear...

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens@mistytewest

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  80. haha! aww, thank you Sweet! Yes, J'adore lace! -xxoo
    I'ts okay, we get busy at times & here whenever you have time to visit. 
    Cheers dear! 

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  81. strawberry freckleface21 July, 2011

    Love that last open knit top!







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