One of my favorite styles for spring and summer is eyelet.  At first, you may think it’s too delicate of a fabric, or that it makes you look like you walked out of an Easter parade.  But eyelet can be worn a variety of ways, from soft and sweet to edgy.  It all depends on the color, size of the eyelet, the article of clothing, and what you pair it with! Here are a few options to try this spring:

Dress It Up

An eyelet dress is traditional in white. Ideal for summer, it brings to mind both the beach and garden.  This year many stores, like Old Navy, are showcasing a variety of dresses. Find them in cuts from A-line to strapless – and in vivid shades of pink, blue, orange and yellow.  The cut and stitching on this type of eyelet is big and bold. That means these styles can handle large accessories – like arms loaded with slinky bracelets and chandelier style earrings – without looking overdone. Dresses in these bright colors work well for all occasions from a wedding to the office. You can layer a cardigan, blazer or even leather jacket over top. Play it up with a statement necklace or add a leather belt to make the outfit really rock.

Bottoms Up

Eyelet shorts are so sweet and simple.  Then you put them on and you wonder, “What do I wear on top?”  Just like a dress or skirt, you can bring on the harder side or turn to neutral territory.  It’s your choice. Style the shorts or pants (capri style only please) with a beige pump or tan sandal, belt and bag to make the eyelet stand out.  Bring it front and center again by adding thin gold or silver bangles and stud earrings or even small hoops.  I bought a pair of red eyelet shorts from Target and added a thin knit black slouchy sweater.  Adding a pair of black wedge heels and thin gold accessories completed the look.

Think Small

Maybe you don’t feel comfortable enough with this ultra-feminine fabric to jump right in with a dress, skirt or pair of shorts.  Why not start small and add a pair of eyelet lace-up sneakers or leather lace-up heels with an eyelet design carved into them?  Soften an outfit with an eyelet infinity scarf.  Sweeten your look by throwing an eyelet leather tote over your shoulder.  The options and colors are numerous for both and add a touch of elegance to any outfit.

Eyelet is versatile, fun and perfect for warm weather.  It’s a girly fabric that is more casual than lace and one that works well with metal hardware, leather, rope and even suede accents.

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