When it comes to elegant dressing, black lace dresses always come to mind. The material is timeless, and ones in black are the most stylish and chic of them all. The look of lace has also undergone lots of changes from its prim beginnings in the Elizabethan era as embellishment for the period’s audacious dresses to the nearly-naked, full-length sheer Longchamp concoction Kendall Jenner wore at the high-end brand’s 70th anniversary party. Whether classical in style or truly modern, lace will never fade from fashion’s famed halls of rich, luxe materials. Get the latest in black lace cocktail dresses thru this handy guide.
- How can I update the look of black lace?
Answer: There are many ways that you can give life to regular black lace dresses. For one, you can pair the frock with a rockstar-ready leather jacket. Trim down a frilly lace dress’s frothiness with a pair of Oxford shoes. Layering is also key in giving black lace dresses a new twist. A filmy black lace dress thrown over a pair of black super-skinny jeans and high heels is one adventurous look that you need to try at least once.
- What pairs well with lace in fall and winter?
Answer: Come winter, lace is still a strong contender for favorite cold season material. It pairs well with plenty of clothing pieces in fact. Black lace winter dresses cheer up otherwise drab, masculine-looking bulky overcoats. You can pair a black lace dress with a camel coat during nippy days and nights, worn along with a complementary bag and ankle boots. A lace dress in solid black will also do well with a red coat during fall’s nippier days, worn with chic strappy sandals.
- What jewelry suits black lace dresses?
Answer: The jewelry that you wear with a black lace dress depends on the period of time that you need to dress up. Choosing jewelry for daytime is easier since all you need is a single casual piece or two and you’re done. Nighttime though requires more prep and thought. You can still wear a good 1-2 pieces of jewelry but make it an upgrade from your daytime pieces—make sure those pieces are bold and will create a statement. A pair of flashy earrings in your favorite gemstones is a great pick. You can also opt for the brilliance of Swarovski crystals. If you want something classy and timeless, you can opt for a pearl necklace as highlight. Beaded necklaces with diamonds or other gemstones are also ideal for black lace evening ensembles.
Our Top Picks
MEROKEETY Women’s Sleeveless Lace Floral Cocktail Dress
- 65% cotton, 35% polyester
- With pull-on closure
- Full lace mini dress
- Great for any occasion
The MEROKEETY Women’s Sleeveless Lace Floral Cocktail Dress is a wardrobe must because it’s something that you can throw on and enjoy all seasons, at all occasions. In the summer and spring, it’s great to wear with heels or flats whether day or night. In the winter, you can pair this lovely piece with your choice coat and chic boots and you are ready to go. The dress is made up of quality polyester material too and along with great tailoring, makes for an excellent fit.
ASTR the label Women’s Sleeveless Lace Fit & Flare Midi Dress
- Made from 100% polyester
- With zipper closure
- Has hidden back-zip closure
- Full-on lace dress
Something dainty, sweet yet still sexy—that is the ASTR Women’s Sleeveless Lace Fit & Flare Dress. Another black dress that is a cinch to wear in spring or summer despite the dark color. Very comfortable with a fit that matches your shape well. The dress comes with adjustable straps too for a proper fit and it gives off a profile that is laidback yet romantic. Looks great with sandals, even with a leather jacket on. A great dress to wear at night due to its chic looks.
HOMEYEE Women’s Chic Lace Flare Party Dress A062
- 95% polyester, 5% spandex
- With zipper closure
- Has V neckline
- Knee-length skirt with side zipper
The HOMEYEE Women’s Chic Lace Flare Party Dress A062 is another fit and flare dress that aims to show off your lovely curves, accented by the elegance of black lace. It features a V neckline, fit quarter sleeves and a vintage-style skirt that looks awesome on all figures. The dress is not that complicated to style and it suits plenty of occasions from nights out with your girlfriends, date nights to weddings and proms. The cut is very flattering, the material high-quality and it’s easy to put on and take off too.
Salimdy Women Sexy Lace Mesh Bodycon Dress
- Made with high-quality polyester and lace
- Retro-style backless floral lace dress
- With sexy V neckline
- Gives flattering fit
If you are proud of your curves, show them off by wearing the Salimdy Women Sexy Lace Mesh Bodycon Dress. It exudes sophisticated and sexy, feminine allure by way of its figure-hugging cut and swathes of black lace and mesh. The dress also comes with its own lining and it’s crafted from only the finest, high-density lace with good breathability and flex. It is soft, lightweight with a bit of stretch to accommodate various shapes. A very nice piece for curvy gals to wear.
Verdusa Women’s Sleeveless Scalloped Hem Fitted Lace Bodycon Dress
- 70% cotton, 30% nylon
- Has round neck
- With zipper closure
- Features Guipure lace mesh
This Verdusa lace bodycon dress has the classic romantic black lace look but complemented well with a modern fitted cut and short length. The dress gives a great fit—it will fit the contours of your body like a glove would. If you are the type of loves ultra-feminine details, this one has plenty of Guipure lace and mesh details that you can fawn over. The dress is pretty much something that you can wear for special occasions, parties, for weddings, semi-formal events, date nights and club nights.
Lark & Ro Women’s Corded Lace Puff Sleeve Dress
- 60% cotton, 27% nylon, 13% rayon
- Fit and flare design
- Allover stretch lace
- With short puff sleeves
Want something a bit on the subtle side? You can pull off this Lark & Ro Women’s Corded Lace Puff Sleeve Dress. The dress has a nice fit and flare silhouette accented by puff sleeves and a crew neck for a dreamy look. The fit that the dress gives is super-flattering—whether you’re curvy or narrow, this one will work for you. The material has a nice cut too and you can move freely in it. Very soft, quality fabric with beautiful lace details at a lovely price.
To cop a look that is sophisticated and chic, you cannot go wrong with black lace. Black lace cocktail dresses will never run out of style—it is an easy piece to work with since it suits a good variety of accessories, footwear and a host of other clothing pieces.