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Last Update: August 14, 2017
Black Lace Blouse
Size 12 -
Lace Maxi Dress
Size 14 - 24W
Navy Lace Bell Sleeve
14 - 24W
Plus-size lace clothing and fashion can be
vintage inspired with a feminine,
sweet and romantic
feel or killer, pin-up femme fatale. Looks span day to evening with
light, sheer chiffons mixing with
more delicate looks and sturdier crochet lace combining with heavier cottons. Eyelet, Battenberg, and crochet laces are more
common in summer, resort and
while more delicate French lace is used for
trims on everything from
lingerie to tops.
Stretch laces are popular choices for evening
and skirts. Lace prints sometimes come into
fashion as well.
Lace is a classic in
special occasion and
formal wear . Cocktail dresses
are particularly popular in lace during the
holiday season, Valentine's Day, and the wedding
season. Silhouettes range from swingy
trapeze dresses to more figure conscious sheath
styles. Vintage fit-and-flare
mid-twentieth century silhouettes have been
particularly popular in recent years.
Some years see even the more delicate laces
used in more casual styles such as peasant blouses,
tees and even inset panels in denim. A
mixture of lace and leather can create the
unexpected in a
trendy, fashion forward way. For lace
tights check the
is another intimates category that will
frequently use lace for more vintage and
are particularly popular the last few years with all age groups. Younger, trendy fashionistas will wear them more
casually as day dresses, while more mature women
still prefer more sophisticated cocktail
styles for events such as weddings.
While white and black are
exceptionally popular, colored laces in pale
tints and richer
hues are also on trend. Some of the best
examples have a vintage feel referencing the New
Look silhouette of the 1950's or the art deco
and flapper styles of the Roaring Twenties.
Bohemian crochet lace graces
tops, and cardigans are referencing the sixties and seventies.
Part of traditional holiday
fashion, lace joins velvet,
sequins, embroidery, and beading
as must-have items for the winter party season.
Metallic silver and gold often join black,
white, cream, and red lace at this time of year.
Some years other colors of lace such as teal,
pink, or blue might trend. Lace often
carries over into Valentine Day fashion as a
transition fabric to the warmer seasons.
Spring and summer sees lace mixing with other
feminine details such as
pretty floral prints
or filmy chiffons. Some years
resort wear trends early
with laces used in beach cover ups, dresses,
pants, and tunics.
Shopping Resources for Lace Fashion in Size 12 +
Some of the best resources in
lace for young plus-size trend setters are at
in size 14 to 24W.
offers the largest size range from XL to 6X,
with black laces being the most reliable options
in tops and dresses, but as colored lace trends
in those too are many times available here. More
sophisticated, contemporary looks with a
trendier edge are regularly available at
for size 14 to 28W.
Those who appreciate vintage
styles will enjoy shopping
which has a growing collection of
retro, modern boutique indie designers that
frquently play with both neutral and colored
laces, and hourglass silhouettes in size S to 5X.
is the best source for beaded lace flapper
dresses in size S to 4X. Take care in both, as sizing can run
small, but it's worth figuring measurements for
both as quality tends to be worth the effort
often carries unusual lace styles with goth,
steampunk, or bohemian flavors in size 2 to 28W.
leans more in an artsy, BoHo direction with lace
hems, trims, and inserts frequently used in
designs for size 2 to 24W (Petite and Tall to
Lace Jacket Dress
Size 8 -
Sheer Black Lace
Size XL - 3X
Embroidered Lace Shirt
14 - 24W
Upscale department stores such as
Lord & Taylor,
remain the best resources for contemporary style
shoppers and are especially good for dresses in
size 0 to 24W.
has been a long-time lace fashion specialist
offering both tops and dresses in size 10 to
is the most reliable resource for lace jacket
dresses and dresses with sleeves. Super size
divas in size 16 to 34W will have additional stylish options
Catherine's which has been
increasingly stylish in recent years.
For luxury designer shoppers both
Saks Fifth Avenue
have excellent plus-size collections that
frequently include lace trims, details, tops and
cocktail dresses. Neiman's is especially
good for those with a bohemian aesthetic, while
Saks has more of a "ladies who lunch" spin.
Lace wedding gowns and bridesmaid
dresses can be special ordered and customized
through manufacturing wholesale sites such as
Light in the Box
in size 2 to 26W.
Plus formalwear specialist
is another excellent resource for brides with
sizes available from 14 to 34W.
Kiyonna has moderately priced lace wedding
gowns designed specifically for fuller figures
size 10 to 32W.
Kiyonna also carries lace cocktail dress styles,
often with a vintage flair.
During the holiday party season
more formalwear is available from some of the
upscale department stores. Look for
designers such as Tadashi Shoji, Kay Unger, and
Marina Rinaldi at
Saks Fifth Avenue.
carry cocktail dresses and formal dresses
all year with many lace options in white, black,
and colors frequently available in size 14 to
Lacy bras, panties and lingerie
in full-figured styles are a sure thing at both
Lace trimmed chemise and babydolls
are regularly stocked at
Hips & Curves,
which also is an especially good resource for
lace stockings and thigh highs. During the
holiday and winter shopping seasons lace tights
are also often available from the plus specialty
retailers such as