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Shop: The Season's Lace Dresses That Are As Versatile As They Come

The art of lacemaking dates back to 16th century Europe, where it was painstakingly handmade. Its costly price tag meant that it was reserved for the rich and royals. Of course, we now know that this fabric has since been made popular and more easily accessible, and frequently used in contemporary and affordable designs, such as Self-Portrait that made it a signature since its early days.

Above, our picks from the season.

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Self-Portrait guipure lace mini dress, US$336.50 (S$456.37) from Net-a-Porter
Designer Han Chong uses soft pink cream satin guipure to contrast the architectural detailing of this piece. The effect? It’s feminine yet edgy. Give the monochrome trend a spin with a pink clutch in a deeper hue. Aijek marianna embroidered bustier dress, S$279
Like Self-Portrait, local label Aijek is known also known for its lace designs — albeit in simpler cuts and silhouettes. Finish this strapless number with delicate necklaces and rings. Whole9Yards leaf lace dress, S$626
Singapore label Whole9Yards’ romantic spin on the LBD lends itself to statement bracelets and ear perfectly. Alexander McQueen engineered sheer lace dress, US$7,170 (S$9,723.95)
Featuring a high neck and laddered frills on a tiered skirt and neckline, the dress is made to stand on its own. Go full McQueen with studded boots. Erdem faux pearl-embellished velvet dress, US$2,745.71 (S$3,723.84) from Net-a-Porter
Known for his juxtaposition of fabrics and romantic patterns, designer Erdem Moralioglu marries English velvet, lace and faux pearls in one. Coach washed silk dress, S$895
With a high neck and long sleeves, it’s modest enough for the office but perfect for post-work drinks too. Finish with studded leather boots. Gucci floral and eyelash-lace midi dress, US$5,900 (S$8,001.58)
Inspired by rebrode lace from the Renaissance period, this floral lace Gucci number channels the vintage vibe, but can easily be made contemporary with lace-up knee-high leather boots and a cross-body bag. Mango buttoned guipure dress, S$129
Not only is it in an appropriate length for work, the neutral blush pink hue of this Mango dress will flatter most skin tones and is a fuss-free outfit when you’re time-starved in the mornings. Finish the look with chunky rings. Topshop lace plunge asymmetrical slip dress, S$136
With a cute asymmetric hem and a low back, take this Topshop dress to the office — but with a shrunken cardigan you can easily shed after hours. Lulus lace pleated halter maxi dress, US$78 (S$105.79)
If full-on lace isn’t your jam, try this Lulus number that tempers lace with pleats.