Lace top, three ways (part 1) – The work look

Over the course of several years while I’ve been discovering my personal style and learning how to dress myself, I’ve found a few items of clothing that defy categorization and instead work seamlessly with any outfit and for any occasion. And since I’m all about getting the most wear out of my clothes, I thought it might be helpful to style these items for three separate situations, broadly speaking: work wear, evening wear and weekend wear.

I am starting this mini series with a white lace top, which is definitely one of those items with seemingly endless styling possibilities. Today I’ve styled the lace top for day time and work wear. I think lace as a fabric generally reads quite dressy so it fits in quite easily into a smart work wardrobe. I’d also like to acknowledge that there are obviously hundreds of iterations of a white lace blouse. The one I picked has a geometric pattern rather than a more traditional floral one. It also has a high neckline and long sleeves because that’s just the cut I find most flattering for my pear shaped body. You can pick any other kind that’s more in line with your style. If all over lace is not your thing, you could also opt for a plain white top with a lace trim instead. I will be linking a few suggestions at the bottom of the post so definitely check those out.

White pants and lace top with leather jacket

leather and lace with coach penny

lace top with white culottes and coach pennyComing back to the outfit, I decided to go the minimalist route here with clean lines and just two colors to create a polished and smart spring/summer look. I’ve already worn the white culottes from club monaco twice before (here and here), so it should come as no surprise to see them in action again.   The brown leather jacket is another staple piece in my warbrobe and I actually reach for it more than my black one. As this is a spring/summer look, I finished the look with some tan lace up block heels (definitely a must have for summer in my humble opinion).

lace top with white culottes

leather jacket and lace top

white lace top and white culottes

Finally, I’d like to point out that I realize this exact look may not work for you if your workplace is very conservative. In that case, feel free to switch out the sandals for some pumps and replace the leather jacket with a white blazer for a sharp, office appropriate look. The styling here is merely a suggestion and you definitely don’t have to recreate the whole look head to toe. Instead, take from it what you like and reinterpret it suit your taste and lifestyle. After all, that’s what personal style is all about, isn’t it?

Thank you for reading. As promised, I’ve linked lots of lace blouse options below for your browsing pleasure. Enjoy!


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  • Love this top! It’s a beautifully unique take on lace 😍

    • Nandita

      Hi Erin, I agree. It’s definitely what attracted me to the top in the first place. Plus I’m a sucker for high necklines!