The History of Lace

20 May 2017   Comment



Lace is a decorative, beautiful and exquisite art that began in Europe in the fifteenth century.  Netted fabrics have been dated back to primitive civilizations, but the more decorative types we are accustomed to originated in the fifteenth century.  Lace is an ornamental openwork fabric formed by interlacing, twisting, and braiding threads.  Lacemaking is a work of art and was a unique way for a “maiden” to make a living.  Lacemaking was an industry that was influenced by the social and political life from the early 1500’s to the early 1900’s.   The birthplaces of lacemaking are most commonly referenced to as Flanders and Italy.



Lace was a very time consuming production and was considered an expensive luxury item because of it.  Lace was made by needlework or by bobbins.  It could take months to make just a couple inches of intricate lace.  Families would pay fortunes for real handmade lace and would compile collections of it to keep for generations to ornate wedding gowns and different garments for years to come.



In the fifteenth century lace was heavier.  From the late 1500 to 1630’s lace became more floral.  It had more floral motifs and patterns with various filling stitches that were called modes.



From 1630 to the late 1600’s, the patterns developed more frequently and started to incorporate more than just floral designs.  Lace started to have figures, scenes, birds and small animals on a net or mesh background.



In the 1700’s lace began to show dots, flowers, sprays, sprigs, and leaves scattered, creating an intricate and exquisite beauty of ornament and perfection.  Handmade lace continued till World War 1, and then became more of a lost artwork.  Machine lace made good reproductions of almost any type of lace and made handmade lacemaking obsolete.

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Today lace is still considered a look of elegance and beauty.  Lace dresses were once just considered bridal and used for weddings and bridal events.  Now lace dresses are worn for all occasions and events – formal or casual.  Lace is timeless and can be worn for any special occasion.  It makes you feel girly and look classic and chic.  We love lace dresses here at Lily Boutique!  Some of our most popular and favorite dresses of all are solid lace dresses!   We have so many different styles and colors of lace to choose from.  Our prices on our lace dresses are the reason we have so many repeat customers.  We love giving such great quality lace dresses at affordable prices for everyone!  Making our customers look their best without having to spend a fortune is our main goal!

Here are some of Lily Boutique’s most popular lace dresses; our Nila dresses, Aris dresses, Love Story Rhinestone dresses and our Carrie dresses.  These dresses are made of a beautiful floral lace overlay and come in several amazing colors.  We love the fit and style of all these elegant lace dresses.  Check out our online boutique for more fabulous lace dresses like these!


From Left To Right Top To Bottom: Nila Crochet Lace Capsleeve Pencil Dress in Antique Pink, $45; Nila Crochet Lace Capsleeve Pencil Dress in Mint Shimmer, $45; Nila Crochet Lace Capsleeve Pencil Dress in Sage, $45; Nila Crochet Lace Capsleeve Pencil Dress in White, $45


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Congratulations to @lmayolv, our April $100 gift card winner!

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Wedding season has arrived! We love the richness of jewel tones, as they create a lush color palette full of emerald greens, navy blues, deep purples, and dark plums. These tones work so well in any season. They pair perfectly with vintage lace, wooden tables and warm candlelight.  We love the bold flower choices that jewel tones have to offer. Adding in a little silver or gold is the perfect accent to these regal tones.

For décor, we love rich candlelight paired with dark wood. Lush velvet accents will also add a unique texture. These jewel tones offer a richness for both indoor and outdoor weddings.  Full green leaves, flowers in different shades of purple, plum and burgundy pair together for the perfect wedding bouquet.  Here are a few of our favorite Pinterest Inspired Ideas:


This gorgeous bouquet can be found here.


This gorgeous idea can be found here.


First, choose whether or not you want your bridesmaids to be monochromatic or in different colors. Lily Boutique has so many beautiful bridesmaid dresses to choose from in these jewel tones. We love pairing several different shades of greens or purples together. This gives your bridesmaids options and gives them a chance to show their personalities when they don’t all wear the exact same dress. Another option is to pair a jewel tone color such as purple with a neutral color like grey. Having your brides is shades of purples and greys would look splendid on your big day! As a bride, vintage lace or a bohemian style dress would complement this color scheme the best.


Emerald and Teal Dresses

Emerald is such an elegant color! It is rich and vibrant and will compliment most every skin tone. Teal is a beautiful rich color that pairs perfectly with gold or silver accents. We love the romantic and ethereal style of the Dramatic Simplicity One Shoulder Chiffon Maxi Dress in Emerald Green. This gorgeous one shoulder maxi would make a perfect bridesmaid dress!

This group of embellished dresses have an extra touch of glamour!

If you are having a more casual wedding opt for one of these beautiful dresses. They each have long sleeves and interesting details. The Fall For You Bell Sleeve Hippie Chic Dress in Forest Green would be perfect for an outdoor fall wedding. It has a fairy-tale feel to it that would be perfect in a “wooded” setting.


Navy and Blue Dresses

Navy colored bridesmaid dresses are a classic staple at weddings. They create beautiful, yet simple statement pieces to any bridal decor. Navy dresses make a vibrant plum, emerald, and gold flower bouquet pop. We love the romantic style of the Wedding Date Lace and Chiffon Dress in Navy.  The waist has lined lace insets which extends the delicateness of the lace to the front of the dress.

We love each of these navy maxi dresses! Each one has a unique style. If you want a bold glamorous look, try the Bold and Beaded Maxi Dress in Navy. If you are wanting to keep with bohemian vibe, the Abundance of Embroidery Strapless Maxi Dress in Blue is a fun and perfect choice!


Amp it up by delving into regal sapphire blue color like the Lace Doll A-Line Dress in Blue. All of these gorgeous lace dresses compliments a vintage style wedding. Pair these dresses with vibrant bouquets and neutral accessories.


These chiffon dresses are simple and elegant. The French Twist Strapless Chiffon Dress in Navy is a simplistic style that flatters most every body type. We love the simple twisted detailing in the front.


Purple and Plum Dresses

When you think of winter, sugary sweet plums come to mind! Plum is a gorgeous color for anytime of the year as well. We love plum paired with navy, gold or emerald green. It looks fabulous next to a bride’s white or cream dress.  You cannot get a more romantic style dress than the Ruffled Romance Maxi Dress in Plum Purple. The cascading ruffles are a subtle statement piece.

If you are looking for a classic strapless bridesmaid dress, the Dreaming of You Chiffon Drape Party Dress in Berry is a perfect choice!


Burgundy Dresses

Burgundy is a deeper hue of red. This color is perfect for Fall or Winter weddings, and it pairs beautifully with silver or gold accents. We love the burgundy and ruby red colored chiffon and lace in the Fairy Flutter Burgundy Lace Asymmetrical Hem Midi Dress.  This dress would look gorgeous paired with a flower crown and a lush green backdrop. This is one of the prettiest bohemian style dresses we have seen!


Grey and Gold Dresses

Grey bridesmaid choices have becoming the new neutral choice! Grey is a great subtle choice that will make any jewel toned flowers and decor stand out.  Gold sparkly dresses have also become extremely popular as a glamorous statement look.  These dresses can mix and match with all of the other jewel toned colored dresses. The Bridesmaid For You Strapless Maxi Dress in Grey is the epitome of a classic maxi length bridesmaid dress. The flattering fit will work for everyone.  The Scale Up Gold Sequin Party Dress is a unique dress choice! The best part of this dress is that the gold sequins form a scale-like pattern and can create different designs when they are brushed a different way. This is such a fun and unique look!


Lily Boutique not only has gorgeous and affordable bridesmaid dresses, we have ideal dresses for Bridal events! Check out all of our ivory/white dresses here.

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Congratulations to @freefall4life, our March $100 gift card winner!

Thank you to everyone who has shared their photos so far!! We will draw a random winner every month and everyone who has shared photos previously will still be entered to win.

We love seeing our beautiful customers wearing Lily Boutique! Use the hashtag #lovelilyboutique on Instagram wearing your Lily Boutique clothes and you’ll automatically be entered to win.

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We love the look of flawless lace and especially in an eye-catching blue! Blue is a calming color that inspires confidence and harmony.  It can be worn throughout the seasons and never becomes outdated.  Everyone looks great in blue and our boutique has so many cute blue lace dresses in different styles and hues!


You will definitely make a statement wearing our Over the Top Crochet Pencil Dress in Periwinkle!  This dress is absolutely stunning and gorgeous!  The crochet lace bodice can be worn on or off the shoulder giving you two different looks.  The pencil figure-flattering cut and crochet top makes this sexy chic dress a one of a kind!   Brides could wear this cute blue lace dress to their rehearsal dinner or showers.




Lily Boutique’s Ice Blue Crochet Lace Overlay Dress is a beautiful metallic lace pencil dress!  This dress is perfect for any social event or formal dinner.  The short sleeves sheath cut and unique uneven crochet lace hemline completes this dress.  The ice blue color is absolutely stunning!



We are head over heels for our Something Blue Crochet Lace Midi Dress!  This cute blue lace dress is perfect for any outdoor event, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.  The delicate open crochet lace has a unique looped pattern throughout the dress.  It has a modest midi length skirt that is lined to the mid-thigh.  Pair this with a great pair of nude heels and some pretty jewelry for your next night out.


The Crochet Lace Mesh Illusion Neckline Dress in Blue will give you a stunning and sophisticated look.  The bold crochet lace and the mesh illusion neckline are perfect for when you want to look beautiful without feeling overexposed.  It has a classic fitted pencil cut and would be great paired with pumps or strappy heels.  This junior boutique dress could be worn to a wedding, cocktail party, or summer gathering.



Striking is the best way to describe our Lacey High Low Sheath Dress in Blue!  The color combination of the contrasting off-white liner and blue lace makes this dress pop!  The dress is a sheath cut, has capsleeves, a high low hemline, and an open back.  This cocktail dress is perfect to wear on a date night or to a dinner party.  Add heels and some delicate jewelry to complete this striking look!



Sexy and sultry describes our Pushing The Limit Bodycon Dress in Royal Blue!  This dress has a beautiful royal blue bold lace with a contrasting nude liner.  The striped mesh material accentuates the inset of the waist and along the hips.  The deep open back and the deep V shaped neckline create a racy nightclub vibe.  This dress has a sheath cut and is made of a thick bodycon material that hugs your curves.  Party and dance all night in this gorgeous lace bodycon dress!


Our Prettiest Pixie Crochet Lace Open Back Maxi Dress in Sapphire Blue is a dramatic lace maxi dress that is girly and a little bit sexy at the same time!  The top of this maxi dress is made of a beautiful lace fabric attached to a semi-sheer chiffon full length maxi cut skirt.  The open back design completes this dress and makes it perfect for any formal party or event.



Lily Boutique is an affordable online boutique for all your junior dresses!  Our Ethereal Girl Lace Panel Maxi Dress in Periwinkle Blue is a flowy, angelic maxi dress that will make an impact effortlessly and is only $50!  This dress has a rounded neckline and a banded empire waist.  The full length maxi skirt has slits on each side and a lace trim bottom.  We love this dress paired with nude or metallic strappy heels and a clutch for a formal event.  You will look amazing in this cute blue lace maxi dress!


We love the touch of lace in these beautiful maxi dresses!  The crochet lace top of our Mandalay Bay Open Back Wrap Dress in Navy/Off-White makes this dress a perfect sexy summer wrap dress!  The mandala patterned rayon skirt has a wraparound tie side.  Wear this great dress on your next vacation with a cute pair of wedges.  You’ll love to show some sun-kissed skin in this beautiful maxi wrap dress!


Lily Boutique has great styles and cuts in junior dresses!  Don’t forget that we love to see your pictures wearing our online boutique dresses on our Instagram!  Use #lovelilyboutique to enter in our monthly $100 gift card giveaway!





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Congratulations to @kristenlmason, our February $100 gift card winner!

Thank you to everyone who has shared their photos so far!! We will draw a random winner every month and everyone who has shared photos previously will still be entered to win.

We love seeing our beautiful customers wearing Lily Boutique! Use the hashtag #lovelilyboutique on Instagram wearing your Lily Boutique clothes and you’ll automatically be entered to win.

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Calling all 9 to 5 girls!  Getting up and dressed for work can become such a boring routine, wearing the same outfits over and over.  It’s the perfect time to spruce up your work wardrobe!  Who says you have to wear the same old dull dresses and style of your peers?  Feeling confident and comfortable at work is a must to make for a great work day. Ladies who work in a creative environment can get away with a little more of a ‘fun’ look at work–but we also have some great traditional work options that will project a serious style as well.  Lily Boutique has so many affordable and cute dresses perfect for any office or workplace.  Create your own style and stand out at work to help you get through those long days!


How cute is our Work Or Play Black and Ivory Tweed Dress?  This dress is absolutely perfect to wear to work and as its name states can be used for several other occasions as well.  It is made of a black and ivory boucle fabric that reminds us of an expensive Chanel piece.  This dress has a rounded neckline, short sleeves and an A-line cut.  Black fabric piping on each sleeve and at the bodice adds contrast to this chic look.  Pair this with a great pair of black pumps and you will look professional and ready for your work day!


Want to be comfortable and still look chic at work?  Well then we have the dress for you! Our Wrap It Up Tie Side Dress in Black Stripe is the perfect comfy office dress.  This adorable wrap style dress has a flattering cut that works for nearly everyone.  It has a crossover V neckline, an empire waist, and a crossover skirt, giving it a wrap look.  This is a great transitional dress that can be worn from season to season.  The options are endless when accessorizing this cute dress– have fun and add your favorite pop of color to make it your own style.



We love the classic and timeless look of a gorgeous black lace fitted pencil dress!  Our May Flowers Lace Pencil Dress With Fabric Piping in Black has beautiful detailing and a flattering cut ideal for the office.  This dress is a timeless piece that would work well for your work wardrobe.  It has a V neckline and a fitted pencil cut with a banded empire waist.  The fabric piping at the bodice of this dress adds contrast and makes this dress figure flattering.  Pair with a great pair of black heels and you are ready for that dreaded Monday workday!



How fabulous and unique is our Daring and Demure Red Lace Peter Pan Collar Dress!?  We love this chic and fashion-forward look with a ladylike touch.  This dress is made of a heavy textured fabric and has a high rounded neckline, long sleeves, and a slight A-line cut.  The best part of this dress has to be the ivory lace peter pan collar and sleeves.  How amazing does the contrast of ivory and red paired together look?  This dress will have all your associates wanting to steal your style!





Lily Boutique has so many cute dress options – just look at our Something Extra Crochet Lace Neckline Dresses!  These dresses come in three beautiful color options – Jade, Orange Coral, and Off White.  These pretty sheath dresses are a great classic look with a little something extra.  The beautiful neckline and sleeves are made of exquisite sheer crochet lace.  The attached skirt has a classic sheath cut that makes it perfect and comfortable to wear to the office.  Dresses like these are great just to have on hand for those unexpected events that come up!



We love all these fabulous fit and flare dresses for work!  These looks are a bit more casual so they are perfect for a laid-back creative work environment. You will look lovely in our adorable Oh So Lovely Scalloped Belted Dress in Navy!  This cute dress is made of a textured polyester and spandex blend with a scalloped neckline and A-line cut.  It has an included belt that wraps around the waist, creating contrast.  The belt is removable allowing you to add a different belt or sash- creating a new look!  Navy is a good neutral to wear to work and we love the fun scalloped twist!  Adding a cute jacket or sweater would pair perfect with any of these cute work dresses!



Looking for a more casual and comfy dress that is still appropriate for the office can be hard.  Look no further cause our Edelweiss Embroidered Dresses are perfect for a casual Friday!  These dresses are made of a gauzy fabric with a rounded neckline, elasticized empire waist with a drawstring that can be tied in a bow or left to hang and comes in two cute colors – Mocha and Blue and Ivory It has a flowy skirt, three quarter sleeves with button cuffs.  The best part of these dresses has to be the contrasting embroidered designs at the bodice, sleeves, and hemline of the skirt.  This is a great summer work dress that is loose and comfortable to wear!



A very elegant and demure dress perfect for the office is our Lovely and Ladylike Capsleeve A-line Dress in Peach!  You’ll manage to look polished and sophisticated at the same time wearing this dress!  This dress is made of a flowy fabric with a keyhole button closure in the front.  The pieced together fabric adds detail and interest and an exposed back zipper completes this look.  Pair with a cute pair of nude pumps and you are ready to go!


Let loose at work wearing our Let Loose Bell Sleeve Black Lace Trim Dress!  This loose flowy dress is adorable with its bell sleeves, and rounded neckline.  Our favorite part is the black lace trim on the sleeves that creates the perfect amount of contrast.  You could even pair this with a cute pair of black leggings or tights for a new look! These options are perfect for a casual work environment.




Our Rosie Collared Shirt Dresses are the classic wrap style shirt dresses that will make a cute work dress or even just a classic wardrobe staple to have for nearly any event!  These dresses come in three great colors – Red, Taupe and Black.  It has a crossover surplice neckline with a collar and a flowy A-line skirt.  An included fabric sash wraps around the waist and can be tied into a bow in the front.  These dresses will pair great with nude or black pumps and will give you years of wear!







Lily Boutique is the online boutique for all your cute work dresses!  We have so many different options for the 9 to 5 gal to choose from.  Don’t break the bank buying a new work wardrobe; we have so many cute work dresses that are affordable.  Step outside of the box and create your own appropriate work style with Lily Boutique dresses!






















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Shopping for red lace dresses online is a breeze at Lily Boutique. With hundreds of options to choose from, you’re sure to find something to suit your style. Red is perfect year-round, and it works especially well for Valentine’s Day or the holiday season.  Red lace is also a cute idea for bridesmaid dresses! Nothing says ‘romance’ more than red lace.  Lily Boutique has the perfect red dress for your next event!

We have red lace dresses in sleeveless, strapless, off-shoulder, capsleeve, and three quarter sleeve styles to accommodate any look you’re going for. We’ve got a great selection of red lace pencil dresses, sheath dresses and A-line dresses.


This seleciton of red lace pencil dresses are sultry and gorgeous!  They’re perfect for a date night, especially Valentine’s Day!  Any of these would be a total knockout at your work Holiday party! We absolutely LOVE the midi length of the Game Changer Red Lace Midi Dress.


This selection of lace sheath dresses are a brighter more “tomato” red. One of our favorites is the High Low Point Lace Sheath Dress.  It has a sleeveless cut which is modest and a high low hemline which adds a unique feature. The bright red lace against the nude liner makes it pop!


This selection of red dresses are three quarter sleeves!  These lace dresses are a pretty option for the girl wanting a little more coverage!  The Simple Yet Stunning Lace Open Back Three Quarter Sleeve Dress in Red is a best seller!  It has a gorgeous open back design which is a little flirty.  You can’t beat the price of the Doily Routine Lace Dress in Bright Red at only $23.95!! That is such a great deal for such a gorgeous sheath dress.  You can find several more fabulous deals on our Sale page!



If you don’t want just a solid lace dress, these are great options for you!  The Love and Lace Party Dress is made of a gorgeous textured lace with matching sequins throughout the fabric that add a touch of sparkle to this look.  Both the Tie Back Lace and Chiffon Capsleeve Dress and Boho Glam Dress in Tomato have lace at the top of an A-Line style.



Burgundy is a gorgeous deeper shade in the red color family. These tones tend to flatter most every skin tone; making them a perfect holiday option!





As you can see, we’ve got something for everyone! What is your favorite?

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Congratulations to @kylliekay, our January $100 gift card winner!

Thank you to everyone who has shared their photos so far!! We will draw a random winner every month and everyone who has shared photos previously will still be entered to win.

We love seeing our beautiful customers wearing Lily Boutique! Use the hashtag #lovelilyboutique on Instagram wearing your Lily Boutique clothes and you’ll automatically be entered to win.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram to stay in touch:

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We are so excited to show you another fabulous Look For Less!  We have found the perfect Lily Boutique dress that compares to Diane von Furstenburg’s $368 Nisha Lace Dress at Nordstrom!  We have a couple great matches for only $44 and $46!  Yes, $44 and $46!  We love bringing you such exquisite dresses at these low affordable prices!  You should not have to break the bank to look stylish and chic!

Our Aria Crochet Lace Mesh Illusion Neckline Dresses are a great match to Diane von Furstenburg’s dress!  This dress is just $44 and it comes in two color options – Scarlet Red and Sage.  No matter the color you choose, you will be the envy of every girl in the room!  These dresses are exquisite with their bold floral lace pattern and mesh detail!  We hope you love these dresses as much as we do!


From Top To Bottom: Aria Crochet Lace Mesh Illusion Neckline Dress in Scarlet Red, $44; Aria Crochet Lace Mesh Illusion Neckline Dress in Sage, $44


Our Crochet Lace Mesh Illusion Neckline Dresses are another great match made of crochet lace with a mesh illusion neckline–this is perfect for when you want to look chic without feeling overexposed!  For only $46 you can add this amazing dress to your closet! This sophisticated and gorgeous dress has a fitted pencil cut and also has a semi-sheer mesh back and comes in three color options – Vanilla, Pink and Blue.  This would be a cute dress to wear to a wedding, cocktail party, or social gathering!  Pair this with a great pair of pumps or strappy heels and your look is complete!


Check out our online boutique for many, many more gorgeous lace dresses!  Lily Boutique is the store for all your dress needs!

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