I often keep tabs on my traffic reports, and the two questions that always send new people to our page is “what jewelry to wear with a black lace dress”, and “what makeup to wear with a black lace dress”. I have often felt that the search engines were mistakenly sending these people to my page, and they must have left feeling frustrated and disappointed, because until now that has never been the subject of any of our posts. So, here it is, I am finally taking a stab at answering these two questions, and I figure this could be helpful for our brides come date-night.
If you are out for answers, please note I am not a professional make-up artist, however I am confident that I know what looks good in that department, and with all posts I do, I have included photo references, so you don’t have to apply my advises with fear. Same goes for the jewelry suggestions, I am a designer of an amazing vintage inspired wedding dress line, but on my off days I am a pretty savvy fashion gal, who loves jewelry, costume and fine alike. Although I find that I usually end up wearing only the costume varieties:-), hmmmm…..I wonder why that is.
The makeup for a black lace dress is not much different from the makeup for evening looks. This isn’t to suggest all black lace dresses are for evening, but I have a feeling the searches are for dressier style lace dresses. Black lace speaks sensual, classy, chic, mysterious, sexy, and sultry. The makeup should match the mood you are after from the list of adjectives I have just listed. With that said, my favorites are:
1. THE SMOKY EYE with neutral lips, blushed pink cheeks, with curled dark lashes – the emphasis is on the eyes, and all other elements are intentionally left minimal or downplayed. This look screams bold and sexy, and is the most common and earth-shaking evening look.
2. BOLD LIPS with strong defined brows – this takes your lips to the next level, so the emphasis remains on the lip. For this look think bold and eye-catching colors, such as the universally sexy red lips or a bright hot pink, or bordeaux shade. This look is one of my top pick for its elegant and sophisticated appeal.
3. RIMMED EYES with dramatic lashes, and the (optional) artificial lashes – this look gets an A+ for its simplicity in applying, yet its mysterious and alluring look. I often do this look, when I am on a rush out the door. To achieve this look, you simply rim all around the inner rims of your eyelids with a jet black liner. The blackest eye pencil you can find. When I go for this look, I go for the MAC smolder eye pencil.
That is all I have for makeup, now onto jewels. The jewelry you would normally reach for, with your other cocktail looks will go great with your black lace dress.
1. EXTRAVAGANCE and shine – the look you would go for in your diamonds, zirconia, crystal, and rhinestones, think lux and ultra luxurious. I personally love a chandelier, drop earring, with loads of bling. If you choose to go with look with a statement earring then I would go without the necklace, and just do an equally glitzy cocktail ring.
2. BAROQUE – another look I am head-over-heels in is the rich baroque jewelry. I could never speak jewels with a black lace dress, any lace dress for that matter, without highlighting decadent baroque jewels. The master of this look is Dolce and Gabbana. This look is so timeless and again earth shattering, that it really is my number one pick. The baroque look was popularized and trendy in 2012, but this look has been in from the renaissance days and will continue on forever, so no need to worry about your look, coming off as dated. On a side-note, this is why I do not follow trends.
3. MINIMALISM – as seen in many of the photos, minimal jewelry also goes with a lace dress, if you are the more subtle type. This is perfectly ok also. Minimalism reads chic, so if you prefer a simple diamond stud, your watch and a ring, that is ok, but don’t forget your bright red stained lips.
That was a quick crash course in makeup and jewelry for a black lace dress. I only touch on some of my all-star favorite looks, so drop us a line in the comment section if I missed some key information.
Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to see our very own black lace dress!!
OMG….this wide leg jumpsuit is absolutely amazing. It is the perfect jumpsuit you’ll be wearing on your honeymoon, long after the wedding bells have dropped ringing. It is shown here in white, but also available in a variety of colors.
It is available in white, and soon to be available in black, nude and blue.
It is an absolutely lightweight and comfortable jumpsuit, perfect for summer. If like me, you happen to live in Los Angeles, then you can wear it year-round. The legs are unbelievably wide, and what I love about it is that at first glance it resembles a sweeping maxi dress. In the photos I am holding it up, and doing the ‘karate kick’ poise to let you know that it is indeed a pant, but if I did not do that, you may never know it was a jumpsuit.
Let the summer breeze begin, the wind will not blow this one away. The overall feel of this jumpsuit is very relaxed and casual. The bodice has a lazy draped effortless plunge look.
Being cotton gauze it is semi-sheer, and although, it has tons of draping and folds, it is somewhat transparent. Don’t let this turn you off though; it is the level of transparency most would be comfortable with, as it is not the least scandalous. However, if it bothers you, a simple slip short/boy short will alleviate any concerns that may continue to nag you.
The waist is elasticized and there is a thin sash belt attached. This is how it was photographed, but if you are someone who likes to change up the look of a piece with accessories and belts, then this is the perfect piece to have fun with. Layer on a brightly colored belt and jewels, for a fabulous finish.
OK…..that was a bit of rambling, but the key takeaway is:
1. This white wide legged jumpsuit is the perfect effortless summer piece.
2. It is great for ALL.
3. Available now at dreamersandlovers.com
To see and shop more jumpsuits click here.
We have just listed our new kaftan maxi dress, a dress / 2-piece ensemble crafted from lace that zooms in and entirely captures the effortless and free-spirited feel of the hippie era. As much of the dreamers & lovers line, this piece is inspired by those years. Personally, I have always loved a kaftan, also correctly spelled caftan. I would buy a ton on my vintage hunts. I would sell about a half of my finds and kept the other half I could not part with. They really do transport you to another time and place. Whenever I wear one I am immediately dreaming of sunny beaches, and the beautiful sunset.
Whilst they are fabulous, many shy away from kaftans for a variety of reasons. Some of the reasons I have heard spanned from “I am too short”, to “it looks like a muu muu”, or “I am too tall”. As the title suggests, kaftans are a good way to highlight effortless style. I feel these misconceptions have been voiced by many simply because the fit was off. As with any article of clothing, the fit has to be right and flattering, but because of the misconceptions surrounding them and the generally looser silhouette, it is more important to get the fit entirely right when wearing a kaftan.
Most people who love kaftans will rave about the comfort factor, or it being carefree, breezy, and effortlessly glam. Many also love it because the fit is overly loose and in their minds this reads forgiving to their bodily sins. While a loose fit is great, I think too much fabric can overwhelm the body, especially one of a petite frame. I am six-feet tall, and while I like looser silhouettes, I prefer those that are proportioned to my body.
Kaftans are pieces you can wear all summer long if done in the right fabric. Silk is great as it is light, and airy. Cotton kaftans are also great as it is also light and allows for sufficient airflow. Polyester on the other hand can sometimes be tricky in the height of summer, depending on where you live, it may be too hot for summer. With this said if you were planning a vacation, it would be great to invest in a caftan or two, as it is nice to travel with. You will find that a caftan is perfect for poolside, or to have a cocktail or two on a balmy night.
The dream-ers lace caftan is a great choice for many reasons. The beauty is stupendous, and being lace, means it is very unique. There are simply not many lace/crochet kaftans around. We did find another lace caftan sold through net-a-porter, designed by Miguelina. It is safe to say Rachel Zoe made this quite popular when she wore one of the designers’ pieces out. Seeing how fabulous this looks on her, I do hope someone with a petite frame reading this will see that petite women can rock a kaftan and look AMAZING doing so. (photo taken from, ( http://www.singer22.com).
rachel zoe in Miguelina caftan
Another plus for our dreamers lace kaftan maxi dress is it is flattering on the body. As mentioned before, this factor is not a contributing factor, but rather the principal. By creating vertical lines on the upper portion this creates a flattering silhouette. In general, it is known that vertical lines cause the eyes to move up and down, instead of the opposing over and across. This small detail allows the body to instantly appear taller and slimmer. The deep-v neckline in itself capitalizes on the vertical lines and further enhances the illusion of this dress. Besides, when wearing a looser fit dress that is also a maxi-length, it is not a bad idea to reveal some cleavage. The fact that the lower skirt portion is also partially sheer adds to the sex appeal of this dress. Muu-muus appeals to some, but this was not the look that we were after when we created this dress.
close up of dream-ers kaftan
While most caftans are one size fits all, we wanted to capture something different here. This is offered in four sizes- XS, small, medium, large, and XL. It is a looser fit, but this is relative to your size, further ensuring that the fit will enhance and not take away from your body’s shape.
The final feature worth highlighting here is the VERSATILITY of this dress. Purchasing this dress means you will be getting a ‘bang for your buck’. This one dress can be worn three ways. It can be worn as shown as a full caftan maxi dress. The upper portion can be worn separate as a mini dress/swimsuit cover with a slip underneath, or over slim pants/ denim/ cut-off shorts as a tunic. Lastly, the bottom/inner piece which is a slip with lace sewn on to the bottom half can be treated as a skirt. Throw a sweater or a longer tee over it, and it immediately transitions to a maxi skirt. We love how Miley Cyrus paired her maxi skirt with a simple tee for an effortless summer look, or how the Dagmar skirt is paired with a brightly colored sweater. We chose to pair ours with a loosely fitted tee and opted to belt it. Whichever look you love, remember no need to go out and buy all three pieces. You can purchase the one dreamers vintage inspired kaftan maxi dress and get all three looks.
dream-ers convertible lace dress
Now I would not consider this post complete until I inject a turban somewhere here. I have seen many women wear turbans so beautifully and gracefully, and if you are one of those women, a kaftan is a great pairing for this, so glam…..While we are talking about pairings, it is worth mentioning that these look great worn with either flat sandals or wedge heels, totally flexible. Might I add, while we did not belt our caftan, it looks great with the waist cinched with a belt as well.
image via pinterest.com
Are you ready for the kaftan plunge? We would love to hear your thoughts on this. Also, the person who mentioned they were too tall for the kaftan, meant that the length would not be long enough to have that flowing bohemian look she loved and dreamed of. The good news is that our dream-ers kaftan is fully customizable. This can be done in a TALL length as well as a PETITE length.
Our popular boho bell sleeve mini lace dress has garnered quite a bit of attention, and as a result of tons of request this new off-the-shoulder boho lace dress was born.
available now at trendsetter vintage.com
We received so many emails from clients telling us how much they loved their dress, and so many request to make one for them with an off the shoulder option; you asked and we listened.
Being a small start-up fashion business, working out of a small studio, selling directly to our clients, we are able to truly listen and respond, and we feel privileged to do so.
This dress is versatile in that it can be worn either on or off-the-shoulder. The neckline is elasticized, and the details are beautifully sealed. Take notice of all the individual flowers hand sewn around the entire neckline. This extra step is time-consuming but truly beautiful. We pride ourselves on the small details.
available now trendsetter vintage.com
Different from our original bell sleeve mini dress, there is a lining sewn in to the actual dress, where as the slip is separate in the original. The scallop sleeves and neckline, and flowing bell sleeves remains the same, as is the uncompromising attention to quality.
The dress is currently being offered in white, ivory, and in black. There will be three brightly colored additions in the next coming weeks, think bright green, red, and yellow…..a true paradise of colors.
Just to reiterate, because we are small as we are, we are able to add customization, such as change sleeve length, dress length, etc. If there is a particular color you are after, you only need ask, as the embroidered lace is 100% cotton and can be dyed.
available now trendsetter vintage.com
Lace dress available now at http://www.trendsettervintage.com. I also think this could be a great casual wedding dress, for the off beat brides. What do you think? How would you wear this?
It is always exciting to introduce a new dress to the world, and equally exciting is the joy we feel in actually making the dress. This new dream-ers white lace short dress is the ideal example of the rewarding feeling that comes with making and shipping the final product. There is a true sense of pride which each piece made.
available at trendsettervintage.com
This exquisite dress is a detailed piece, in that we individually cut out flowers from the lace and apply each one by hand, and sew them on, again individually by hand for a seamless finish. These hand-finished flowers can be seen at the neckline, sleeves and hem, where the beauty of the scallop edges overwhelmingly stands out. This detail is so important in a piece, and it is what fuels the dream-ers line, and this cocktail lace dress heavily embodies our vision for the line. Whenever I see a well-sewn piece of garment, and brimming with details, I automatically assume that it is an ultra-lux expensive piece.
available at trendsettervintage.com
As a clothing designer lacking the formal training, I rely on my ‘eye’ and ‘vision’, and the first thing in a piece of clothing that draws me in is in the details. For me, it’s ALL about the detail. Spending a great deal of my working life at Chanel, it isn’t hard to see where the inspiration came from, although not entirely, it was a huge part of it. Personally, I did not want to create garments that just boast aesthetics, but ones that also spoke volumes with their details and workmanship. This particular white lace dress is as perfect on the inside as it is on the outside.
There are so many designers besides Chanel from which I have drawn inspiration. Many high-end designers automatically get the details right, and at the price point at which these pieces are sold, this isn’t an option, and rather it is expected. When you actually examine a designer piece loaded with details, one starts to appreciate how a designer has honed in on their vision, and the resulting beauty of how the seamstress constructing the garment has clung on to the designers’ vision. The meticulous laborious input really does justify the lofty price tag in most cases.
In gathering images to illustrate my point, I did not have to search for these such pieces, there were so many to pull from. Before I insert the pictures, I must mention that I am in no way comparing my pieces to these high-end designers. In fact, the dream-ers white lace dress retails at $315, while most of these designer pieces, I will be adding below are in the $15,000 – $30,000 range. With this fact, it is clear to see there is no comparison. I am simply highlighting the importance and sheer magnitude of details.
Oscar Carvallo dress
Alberta Ferretti dress
These pieces are beautiful beyond belief, and will leave you gasping for air. Enjoy! Which of these is your favorite? Would you spend loads more to be able to capture the details in your clothing?
Georges Hobeika dress
We would love to hear your thoughts on this.
All images via pinterest.