I have a love/ hate relationship with lace - sometimes it looks so chic and elegant, then a brand like Lipsy makes a trashy bodycon you see on a dozen girls every Saturday night, or the Kardashians wears it and there goes my affection. But lately there's plenty of ladylike lace thanks to the delicate lingerie-as-outerwear trend so I'm re-introducing it to my wardrobe.  Here are some of my favourite lace dresses this season.

Black Isabella Lace Insert Dress from Whistles
For Sunday brunch: Isabella Lace Insert Dress from Whistles: a modern way to wear lace this season, with a sculptured cocoon shape, lace insert panels and cut out neckline

TOPSHOP high neck short sleeve lace print mini dress
For a night out: High Neck Lace Print Dress from Topshop:
chic yet colourful jersey dress with lace print

Reiss navy blue and black lace insert bodycon dress
For desk-to-drinks: Neo Black Lace Bodycon Dress from Reiss: stretch fit figure-hugging
dress in navy blue and black panel overlay with slash neck and long sleeves

For a casual weekend (with trainers): Swing Dress with Lace Sleeves from ASOS:
relaxed sixties-style swing dress with loose lase sleeves 

For the office: Zarita Lace Dress from Diane von Furstenberg: sleek officewear for the
modern woman in rich purple with eyelash fringing on the neckline, sleeves and hem

Chic Phase Eight black lace minidress
Perfect for the Christmas party season (oops, I said the c-word and it's only October): 
Ebony Lace Dress from Phase Eight in chic black with a fitted body and scallop edge hem and sleeves

CHRISTMAS!  Time to start planning all that jazz soon..