This is how you wear it right.

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I’ve always been one to mix feminine pieces with edgy (I hate this word) men-inspired looks – I can thank my tomboy childhood for that. I can’t normally wear a dress own; They usually feel too overdone, because my style is fairly relaxed.

There’s nothing like a leather jacket and lace dress combination. It can be worn for so many occasions from brunch, to an evening event with the switch of accessories.

Here are some of my styling tips. It’s all about adding an unexpected edge to your outfit to turn an ordinary look into something cool.

BOOTS

Nothing makes a lace dress more rugged than a pair of combat boots, or black boots in general. Either opt for a flat boot, or go for one with a chunky heel.

LEATHER

A leather jacket is the easiest way to dress a lace piece down. It automatically gives you the perfect balance.

MAKEUP

When it comes to make-up try and go for a look that is feminine yet strong. I love a darker eye (smokey browns and statement lashes. You can also go for a deeper red lips. If so, keep the eyes a little more simple.

HAIR

Keep your hair “un-done”. Opt for a messier look, as opposed to defined curls.

BAG SIZE

Instead of using a big tote bag, opt for a bag that’s just big enough. A bigger bag will give the look a more feminine vibe.

INTERESTING DETAIL

When choosing a dress try and choose a silhouette that is a little different. The reason why I chose this Acler lace dress was because of the asymmetrical hemline. It creates an interesting silhouette instead of being your usual run-of-the mill lace dress.

NAILS

Opt for a short, dark nail. I have been loving a navy/grey colour at the moment. It’s a nice change from black!

JEWELLERY

I love rose gold at the moment and if you’re after pieces that aren’t too feminine, opt for minimalist pieces that are interesting shapes. Steer clear of diamonds or colour pieces and opt for metals.

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SOME OF MY FAVOURITES

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WEARING

ACLER dress, WITCHERY bag, VINTAGE jacket, FOREVER NEW boots, SAMANTHA WILLS Jewellery, SPORTSGIRL earrings

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Author: Ally Carey

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayCarey

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