Lace is everywhere! We see it on jeans, t-shirts, dresses, and of course, wedding gowns. It is even being sewn on to boots, barrettes, and just about every other article of wearable art imaginable. Lace has been prominent in fashion since the 15th century, worn by British royalty. Today, lace has returned to runways everywhere in women’s formal wear.

When I think of lace, my thoughts immediately go to the legendary Jessica McClintock and her lovely lace Gunne Sax tops, skirts, dresses, and bridal collections. Throughout the formal and prom world, a major change is occurring. Country and vintage lace designs are less common, and instead we’re seeing more elegant and avant-garde silhouettes being used.

Some of my favorite lace prom gown creations are from the website : example, The Elegant Long Sleeves Mermaid Black Lace Evening/Prom Dress in black and nude boasts a zigzag cutout across the bust, full-length sleeves, and a stunningly frilled mermaid bottom. The entire dress is covered in a rich black lace and also features an interesting scalloped collar.

Although I miss wearing my lace Gunne Sax blouses with tight jeans and cowboy boots, seeing so much beautiful lace in so many unique places definitely softens the edge.