Prada made lace the hallmark of her Fall 2008 collection, and now everyone's carrying some form of the openwork fabric. Our intention with these "runway to real way" posts isn't to bastardize the work of great designers - we get it, there's no comparing apples and oranges - but we think inspiration can and should be drawn from the "source." The look on the left isn't something most of us could wear without feeling a bit ridiculous (ok, really ridiculous) in our fabulous, everyday lives - yet the look on the right is not only wearable, it's downright chic. A lace skirt, feminine blouse and on-trend patent oxford booties make lace work for, say, the office and drinks afterwards.
Top: Fitted cotton long-sleeve shirt at BananaRepublic.com, $59
Skirt: Modern Vintage Lace Skirt at Forever21.com, $29.80
Shoes: Tate Oxford Bootie at Payless.com, $24.99