Modern Lace, Victorian Sleeves

Club Monaco Lace Top in Charleston
Club Monaco Lace Top in Charleston
Club Monaco Lace Top in Charleston
Club Monaco Lace Top in Charleston
From voluminous sleeves, intricate lace, velvet, and high necklines, Victorian details are everywhere this fall. Whether a simple gathered sleeve or full-on high lace neck, you are going to want to embrace everything Victoria this fall. I think as a historian, I am particularly fond of this trend. I have always been fascinated by the history of fashion in general, but particularly the 18th and 19th centuries. If you also interested in the history of fashion, you might enjoy this video reenactment of a wealthy British woman getting dressed in the 18th century and this amazing New Yorker who loves to re-create 18th-century gowns.

But, back to this top. I was instantly enamored with it becuase of the red and maroon lace, but mostly for the Victorian ruched sleeves. What can I say, I cannot resist a puffy or voluminous sleeve. It would also look great with jeans, but since it was still pretty warm while we were in Charleston, I went with a black knit skirt and sock booties. I also like that while the sleeves are somewhat see-through, the bodice of the top is completely lined — no worrying about a camisole.

While this top is certainly the statement piece of this look, I would be remiss if I didn’t share these sock booties. Personally, I am all in on the sock bootie trend. It takes a typically unflattering look (ankle boots) and makes them infinitely more flattering thanks to their extremely fitted shape. Short ladies rejoice! I scoured the internets looking for a pair, but I struggled to find something that was both trendy and professional, and (becuase I want it all) still comfortable. I finally found this pair at Zappos and they are perfect — a sexy and trendy sleek shape, but with a chic wedge that keeps them comfortable and work appropriate.

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