Lace dress designs are no longer grandmother’s old fashioned ones with high necklines, but funky trendy ones with short full skirts that are sexy and flirty – ideal for proms.
The most affordable ones are sold through Top Tier Style and eDressMe and cost between $50 and $300. The short lace dress styles in black, royal blue, baby blue and fuchsia are strapless with swishing skirts made from taffeta, tulle and lace overlays. Long ball gowns that have tulle underskirts or fluid a-line designs often have empire waistlines. Others are form-fitted and have slits and sheer lace insets at the waist. Faviana designs a series that has chiffon bodices and skirts in turquoise, teal, lavender and other trendy colors. There are sizes for everyone, from petite 0 – 4, 8 – 12, and even plus sizes up to 16.
The Liquorish collection offers vintage styles that are affordable (under $50) and have short full skirts with black lace overlays. The strapless bodices have sweetheart necklines – not so low as to be scandalous but still sexy. Pair these short lace dress styles with retro platform wedges and a set of stacking bangle bracelets and you’ll be the belle of the ball. Be careful with your undergarments, don’t choose the bra designs with clear plastic straps. It will ruin the look. Try jeweled straps that can hook into any strapless bra to keep it classy.
For $140 there is chic colorful lace and sequins strapless cocktail dresses in orange, bright blue, purple, lavender, light blue, silver and gold made by a shop in Los Angeles called the Sung Boutique. The lace dress creations feature youthful sweetheart necklines, empire waists with sashes, tulle skirts that are sassy and short with layers and layers, some with wire edge trim to keep them standing out, and soft chiffon shawls to toss around the neck or shoulders.
JS Boutique, Anna Sui and Queen of Heartz
For modest lace, dress designs try the JS Boutique. Some of the styles are classic lace overlays with higher bodices and slim skirts – still contemporary and sexy without being ostentatious. Prices are reasonable, with some of the black and white chiffon lace embellished items (which are knee-length) costing just $175. These are good for young ladies who need to wear a support bra underneath the dress. If you’re into retro alternative, give Anna Sui a try. The designs cost under $250, and although they’re crafted in lace, have an alternative edge that can pair with black tights and leather boots for an original look – formal without girly fluff. In a similar price range, there’s also the collection by Queen of Heartz – a vintage series that feature things like layered skirts with fringes and Oriental satin dresses in vibrant orange, purple and ivory.