Shopping Time: Face the Lace

Sezonul acesta se poarta materialele opulente: dantela, catifea, brocart etc., asa ca pentru postarea de azi mi-am propus sa identific cateva piese vestimentare interesante din dantela. A fost o noutate (si) pentru mine, pentru ca pana acum nu m-a atras acest material. Iata ce am gasit:

EN: This season opulent fabrics (lace, velvet, brocade, jacquard etc.) are very much in, so for today’s post I thought I’d try and find a few interesting lace pieces. It really was ground-breaking territory for me (too), as I didn’t use to count lace among my favourite fabrics. Here’s what I found:


Red lace print lampshade dress from Dorothy Perkins; it’s 29,5£ until November 18th (everything is 25% off online with discount code DPFW3)/ 39,5£ otherwise; buy it here;
Rochie Dorothy Perkins de bumbac cu imprimeu dantela; costa 29,5£ (aprox. 170 ron) pana duminica, 18 nov. (folosind codul DPFW3 toate produsele de pe site sunt reduse cu 25%)/ 39,5£ (230 ron) in mod normal; o gasiti aici.

Incep postarea despre lucruri din dantela cu ceva care nici macar nu este din dantela, ci doar o imita cu ajutorul imprimeului :).
Dantela poate fi batranicioasa/ pretentioasa etc. si stiu ca nu toata lumea o agreeaza, asa m-am gandit sa va iau (si sa ma iau) cu binisorul si sa incep cu aceasta rochie din bumbac cu imprimeu dantela, cu alte cuvinte dantela pentru incepatori :).

EN: My post about lace debuts with something that isn’t even lace (it just has a lace print), go figure :D!
I know lace isn’t to everyone’s taste, as it can be perceived as a fussy/ old lady fabric, so I thought I’d go easy on you (and myself) and start off with this cotton dress that has a lace print – lace for beginners, so to speak :D.


Uttam London lace flapper style Beige Party dress with beading and tassels, also from Dorothy Perkins; it’s 16,5£ (with the discount code)/ 22£ otherwise; get it here;
Rochie Dorothy Perkins stil anii ’20 din dantela, cu franjuri si margele; o gasiti aici si costa 16,5£ (aprox. 95 ron) folosind codul de reducere/ 22£ (127 ron) in mod normal.

Asa cum am mai spus (si ma tem ca voi mai spune :)), mi-e foarte greu sa rezist unei rochii stil anii ’20, asa ca pe aceasta am adaugat-o in wishlist imediat ce am vazut-o!
EN: I’ve said it before (and I’m afraid I’ll say it again, sorry about that :)!), I find it very hard to resist a 20’s style dress, so this pretty little thing went straight to my wishlist as soon as I saw it.


Cream waisted lace dress, my third and final choice from Dorothy Perkins; it’s 33,75£ with the discount code/ 45£ normally; buy it here;
Rochie Dorothy Perkins din dantela, cu talia marcata; costa 33,75£ (195 ron) folosind codul de reducere/ 45£ (260 ron) in mod normal; o gasiti aici.

Mi-ar fi placut mult mai mult aceasta rochie daca banda din talie nu ar fi fost satinata (si dantela si satin… e cam prea mult!), in schimb are un mare avantaj: avand elastic la spate imi inchipui ca este foarte comoda.
EN: I would’ve liked this dress a whole lot more if that waist band hadn’t been so shiny (lace and satin do not a happy couple make in my opinion!), but it does have the great advantage of an elasticized back, which should at least make it pretty comfortable.


Asos Wiggle midi dress in lace, in teal and black (there’s also a cream version, but I don’t like it); it’s 35£ and you can get it here;
Rochie Asos midi din dantela (variante de culoare turcoaz, negru si bej deschis); costa 35£ (aprox. 200 ron) si o gasiti aici.

Unul din lucrurile care m-au atras la aceasta rochie este materialul, 65% bumbac, nu doar poliester sau nailon ca in cazul majoritatii pieselor vestimentare din dantela.
EN: One of my favourite things about this dress (gorgeous teal colour aside) is the fact that it’s 65% cotton, unlike most lace clothes which are usually made of 100% polyester or nylon.


Zara lace dress; it’s 60£ and you can buy it here if you live in the UK (or on your country’s online store if you’re lucky enough to have one);
Rochie Zara din dantela; costa 300 ron si o puteti vedea mai bine aici.

Rochia imi place (desi pare neiertatoare cu sunculitzele si nici nu cred ca e recomandat sa mananci atunci cand te imbraci cu ea :D), dar sigur as combina-o cu alti pantofi!
EN: I do like the dress (although it seems pretty unforgiving with fat rolls and I don’t think it would be a good idea to eat the day you’re planning on wearing it :D), but I’d definitely pair it with very different shoes!


Rochie Nissa din tricot si dantela; costa 560 ron si o gasiti aici.
(Sorry, this store only delivers within Romania!)

O rochie lejera, perfecta* pentru a incerca trendul baroc din acest sezon (*perfecta cu exceptia pretului, adica :D).


Asos skater dress with lace Peter Pan collar and placket, in green and mustard; it’s 42£ and you can get it here;
Rochie Asos cu insertie de dantela si guler Peter Pan (rotund), verde si mustar; o gasiti aici si costa 42£ (aprox. 240 ron).

De data asta doar un detaliu din dantela, sa nu ni se aplece :D.
Imi plac ambele variante de culoare (desi mustarul nu vine bine oricui – mie, uneia, mi-e frica de nuantele de galben), iar gulerasul Peter Pan, dragalas, arata bine, zic eu, alaturi de dantela cu conotatii mai sexy.
EN: Just a lace detail this time, so you won’t get sick from overexposure :D.
I like both colours (although mustard can be pretty tricky to pull off – I, for one, stay away from shades of yellow) and the cute Peter Pan collar is a nice contrast to the sexy lace.


Oasis Daisy lace dip hem dress; it’s 28£ and can be bought here or from Asos, here (it’s 45£, though);
Rochie asimetrica din dantela si chiffon, marca Oasis; o gasiti aici, 28£ (aprox. 160 ron) sau la Asos, aici(costa 45£ – 260 ron dar sunt mai multe masuri disponibile).

Ca si in cazul rochiei de mai inainte, imi place combinatia de copilaros si sexy, iar terminatia asimetrica ma atrage intotdeauna. (Mos Craciun, sper ca ai inteles aluzia :D!)
EN: Just like in the case of the previous dress, I love the mix of cute & sexy and an asymmetric hem always appeals to me. (I hope you got my hint, Santa baby :D!)


Rochie Tina R din dantela; costa 170 ron si o gasiti aici.
(Sorry, this store only delivers within Romania!)


Zara Grey dress with lace detail; it’s 40€ here;
Rochie Zara cu insertie de dantela; costa 230 ron si o puteti vedea pe site, aici.

Un caz de dantela “serioasa”, care poate fi purtata fara probleme la serviciu.
EN: A case of “serious, demure” lace, which can definitely be worn at the office.





 Lace Trim Shift dress by Annie Greenabelle, from Topshop; it’s 30£ here;
Rochie cu detaliu (guler) din dantela, de la Topshop; costa 30£ (aprox. 170 ron) si o gasiti aici.

O rochie simpla si draguta, cu aer retro-inocent.
EN: A cute and simple dress with a retro-innocent vibe.


Zara drop waist lace dress with feather skirt; it’s 80€ here;
Rochie Zara cu talia joasa, din dantela si pene; costa 480 ron si o puteti vedea aici.

Desi e destul de incarcata, imi place, insa intrebarea pe care mi-o pun de fiecare data cand vad o asemenea rochie statement (si foarte recognoscibila) de la un magazin mainstream foarte popular in toata lumea este “unde as putea sa o port fara sa risc sa mai vad pe cineva imbracat la fel?” Raspunsul este intotdeauna “Nicaieri” si de aceea eu personal prefer Traffic People, de exemplu (sau Maria Lucia Hohan, daca imi permit :D).

EN: Even though there is a lot going on with this dress, I do like it. However every time I see this kind of statement, easily recognizable dress from a high street brand that is hugely popular worldwide, I stop and ask myself “Where could I possibly wear it without risking to see it on someone else as well?” The answer is always “Nowhere” and that is why I’ll always prefer Traffic People (or Maria Lucia Hohan if I can afford it :D) to Zara and the likes.


Rochie Nissa, 600 ron, o gasiti aici
(Sorry, this store only delivers within Romania!)


Asos shift dress with lace detail and cut away shoulders, 100£, get it here;
Rochie Asos cu umeri decupati, 100£ (aprox. 580 ron), o gasiti aici.

Imi place la nebunie genul asta de decupaj!
EN: I love cold-shoulder clothes!


Zara Studio dress with leather peplum frill and lace bodice (apparently sold-out online);
Rochie Zara cu volan peplum din piele; costa 480 ron si o puteti vedea aici.

V-ati speriat :D?
Terminam cu rochiile in forta: creatia Zara, care reuneste nu mai putin de 3 trenduri ostentative (dantela, piele si peplum) nu este cu siguranta pentru cele care vor sa dispara in multime!

EN: Wow, what a show-stopper of a dress, isn’t it?
I wanted to finish the dresses line-up with a bang, so behold this Zara design that incorporates no less than 3 (loud) trends: lace, leather and peplum. It certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted, but I’m sure that there are people out there (and quite a lot of them judging by the fact that it’s sold out on the Spanish, UK and USA websites) who can wear the dress (as opposed to letting the dress wear them). But I’m not one of those people.


Zara lace skirt, 60$ here;
Fusta Zara din dantela, 190 ron; mai multe imagini aici.


A Wear Contrast Lace Pencil skirt; it’s 28£ at Asos, here;
Fusta creion din dantela A Wear; costa 28£ (aprox. 160 ron) si o gasiti la Asos, aici;


Warehouse lace collar blouse with button back, 40£; buy it from Asos, here;
Bluza Warehouse cu guler din dantela; o gasiti la Asos, aici, si costa 40£ (aprox. 230 ron).


Zara sheer lace peplum top, 70$ here;
Bluza din dantela cu volan peplum de la Zara, 200 ron, mai multe imagini aici.


Zara lace print blouse, 40€ here;
Bluza Zara cu imprimeu dantela, 170 ron, mai multe imagini aici.


Zara lace cardigan, 80$ here;
Cardigan Zara din dantela, 230 ron, mai multe imagini aici.


Bershka lace bolero, 30£ here;
Bolero Bershka din dantela, 190 ron, mai multe imagini aici.


Ravel Heaven lace shoes with ankle strap, Asos, 35£, buy them here;
Pantofi din dantela cu bareta pe glezna marca Ravel; ii puteti cumpara de la Asos, aici, unde costa 35£ (aprox. 200 ron).

Daca nu va surade ideea unei rochii sau bluze din dantela, o varianta mai subtila, dar foarte eleganta si feminina ar fi o pereche de pantofi din acest material. E clar ca nu sunt cei mai rezistenti pantofi (in cazul meu, la cat de impiedicata sunt, probabil ar fi de unica folosinta), dar cu siguranta ar face o rochie neagra sa iasa in evidenta.

EN: If you don’t fancy the idea of a lace dress or blouse, a subtler but very elegant and feminine option would be a pair of lace shoes. They definitely won’t be the sturdiest pair you’ve got (I’m so clumsy I’d probably kill them on their first night out!), but they’d definitely be apt to add some va-va-voom to a simple black dress!


Oasis lace Abigail ballet flats, 38£, get them here;
Balerini din dantela Oasis; costa 38£ (aprox. 220 ron) si ii gasiti aici.


Truth or Dare by Madonna lace-look Langlade Platform Heeled shoes; they are 130£ at Asos and you can buy them here;
Pantofi Truth or Dare by Madonna cu platforma; ii gasiti la Asos, aici, unde costa 130£ (aprox. 750 ron).

Iata si niste pantofi care par mai rezistenti (pielea perforata este cea care creeaza aspectul de dantela), insa nu mai sunt la fel de diafani ca cei dinainte.
EN: Here are some shoes that seem a little more hard-wearing, thanks to the leather-mix upper, but they aren’t as delicate and ethereal looking as the lace ones either.


New Look Black Lace Hard Case clutch; it’s 13£ and you can get it here;
Plic New Look din dantela; nu stiu daca il gasiti si in magazinele de la noi, dar il puteti cumpara cu siguranta de pe site-ul New Look, aici, unde costa 13£ (aprox. 75 ron).

Plicul poate fi si el o varianta discreta (si mai ieftina) de a purta dantela (asta, bineinteles, in cazul in care va doriti neaparat sa purati dantela – nu inseamna ca trebuie s-o purtati doar pentru ca este la moda!). (Sigur, cel mai discret mod de a purta dantela este lenjeria intima, dar nu voi aborda acest subiect :D.)

EN: A clutch can be an even more subtle (and cheaper) way to wear lace (if you really, really want to, that is! – it doesn’t mean you have to wear it just because it’s trendy!) (Of course, the subtlest way to wear lace would be as underwear, but we’re not approaching that subject :D.)


Plic Nissa din dantela , 180 ron, il gasiti aici;
(Sorry, this store only delivers within Romania!)


Louche gold lace collar from Joy; it’s 15£ and you can get it here;
Guler auriu din dantela; il gasiti la Joy, aici, si costa 15£ (aprox. 87 ron).


Glam long gloves Lace Elegance from Meli Melo; they’re 4,40€ here;
Manusi lungi din dantela, de la Meli Melo; costa 20 ron si le gasiti aici.


Asos cat ears lace headband; it’s 10£ and you can buy it here;
Bentita Asos cu urechi de pisica din dantela; o gasiti aici si costa 10£ (aprox. 58 ron).

Ta-daaaa! Cred ca am fost suficient de serioasa pana acum incat sa-mi permit un final glorios cu urechi :D. Las la latitudinea voastra posibilele modalitati de utilizare.

EN: Ta-daaaa! I think I’ve been serious enough so far to be able to afford a glorious finale that involves… cat ears :D. Feel free to think of appropriate circumstances to wear them.


Happy Shopping!

Mi-am cumparat rochia nr. 2, cea stil anii ’20, sper sa ajunga cu bine :)!
EN: I’ve just bought dress nr.2, the flapper one, hope it will be with me soon :)!