I don’t think you can beat a pretty and romantic lace dress – they are just so utterly feminine. If you are planning a boho chic festival inspired wedding, a vintage tea party or a rustic country barn affair then the likelihood is you may well be considering lace for your big day.
For Sally Lacock working with finest quality French Leavers lace is key to creating timeless, romantic dresses that capture a bohemian nostalgia.
We asked Sally to share some of her expertise and styling advice when it comes to wearing lace on your big day. If you want to find out more about lace then take a look at Sally’s Brides Guide to vintage lace.
Can lace be too overpowering on some people?
On most girls a full lace dress is extraordinarily beautiful and will add a lovely nostalgic mood to a wedding, evoking the romance of a bygone era and lending a sense of the eternal to a memorable occasion.
But if you’re hesitant about wearing head to toe lace you could try something with a bit of a modern twist on classic lace. For our bridal tops Lavender and Juniper I’ve layered sheer silk georgette over lace to give a very subtle lace detailing. The result is a fresh and delicate look that hints at the intricate patterns of lace.
If you want to keep the lace subtle, pair it with a plain skirt, like our Bay bridal skirt or if you’re feeling a bit bolder, you could try it with a dramatic lace skirt. Our Mace wedding skirt is inspired by an Edwardian riding skirt and is made from beautiful scallop lace. Breaking up the lace with a sheer silk will really lighten the look.
I have searched for vintage lace wedding dresses but nothing fits me
Vintage wedding dresses are wonderful and have inspired a lot of my designs. However because many of the ones that survive have been tailor-made for the bride, it can be difficult to find one to fit or even that can be altered to fit.
You will also often find proportions are all wrong for our modern eye. Necklines are usually too high, waists sit in the wrong place and busts are too big. This is not only because fashion has changed, but undergarments have too.
If you’re lucky enough to find a real vintage lace dress that has not turned to dust, a good dressmaker might be able to alter it to give you a better fit. But it will only work if the fit is not too far off in the first place. You can read more on this subject in our post about altering a vintage lace wedding dress.
In most cases, the better solution will be to have a dress made to measure. It will flatter in all the right places and have modern proportions without sacrificing on authenticity.
I’m passionate about sourcing the right type of lace for the particular era to ensure the dresses have a truly vintage, romantic feel to them. If expertly worked, it is possible to achieve a gorgeous authentic vintage look that fits to perfection.
Which bridal accessories are best paired with lace for a boho look?
I am a big fan of floral garlands which particularly suit a country or outdoor boho wedding and look wonderful with lace. Many of our brides choose to accessorise with these as they produce such a relaxed, natural look.
I often recommend pieces made from vintage wax flowers and vintage millinery flowers as the colours have a softness that is difficult to find in modern items. Fresh flowers can be woven in too.
It really is about personal taste and the type of wedding you are having. But do take the whole look into account and consider how you want to wear your hair. Decorated combs will only work in hair with enough fullness and body. If you have short or fine hair you may want to go for a band or a garland that doesn’t need securing.
Try a simple soft silk veil either plain or edged in French lace and worn low to the back of the head for boho chic or if you are lucky enough to find one a vintage veil would be perfect. There really are no fixed rules, you can top off a simple dress with a wild flower garland or a jewelled crown. Your choice will reflect your personality and that’s surely the most important thing.
You can see more of Sally Lacock’s dresses in our Bridal Collections pages.