Lace musings for the Boho Bride

Whether you are planning a vintage style wedding, a laid back country barn affair or you’re to be a boho bride on a beach it is likely you will have thought quite a bit about lace.  Delicate, vintage lace defines the style of the free-spirited bohemian. It is romantic, nostalgic and utterly feminine and the textile that most brides-to-be would love to wear on their wedding day.

For Sally Lacock working with finest quality French Leavers lace is key to creating timeless, romantic dresses that capture a bohemian nostalgia.

Here Sally answers some questions about wearing lace and offers some useful styling tips

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.

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Lace shadows through the sheer silk on the Lavender blouse to subtle delicate effect

 

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.

Slinky bridal skirt Bay by Sally Lacock
The slinky bridal skirt ‘Bay’ with Stevia top for minimal lace detailing
Mace A line wedding skirt by Sally Lacock
A line Wedding skirt with a full dramatic train at the back is made from the prettiest scallop lace

 

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.

Sally Lacock's favourite textles French Lace and Vintage Lace
Sally Lacock’s favourite textiles French Lace and Vintage Lace mixed together

 

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.

Edwardian lace wedding dress
Our bride Jill chose a fresh flower crown to pair with her Carly dress. Photo credit : Tori Hancock

 

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.

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Vintage lace veil with the boho Cate dress by Sally Lacock

 

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.