Louche meets ladylike, leather meets lace. It’s an unexpected combination, but they come together in a striking balance of urban cool and feminine sophistication. Shopbop Fashion Director Kate Ciepluch is loving lace dresses with leather jackets right now, and the hard/soft theme promises to stick around come spring. I talked to her about what makes the look special, where to wear it, and what lesson in dressing we can glean from this unlikely duo.
Amie: What is it about this look that makes it so special?
Kate: It’s a bit unexpected. A lace dress is sophisticated and girly, while the shearling jacket is rugged and casual, yet they look fashion-forward, sexy, and cool together.
A: What is the energy behind this look?
K: It has a London feel to it. This is a city girl who is ahead of the curve. Putting a gorgeous outfit together makes her clock tick and gives her confidence.
A: Where to wear it?
K: This is a great outfit to wear to a chic holiday party because it’s stylish and warm!
A: Who should wear it?
K: This is the perfect ensemble for someone who typically prefers a casual/low-key look. A lace dress is such a timeless frock—a good investment—so give it a try and pair it with an aviator jacket to feel more low profile, less overtly sexy.
A: How can this combination’s sensibility be applied to a spring wardrobe?
K: When done in the right proportion, playing on soft and hard can result in a very pulled-together aesthetic. It lends a sense of stylish proportion to a look.