Lace Layer

Quay Australia My Girl 50mm Cat Eye Sunglasses in Tortoiseshell/Brown || Free People Hepburn Mini Dress (size 0) || H&M V-Neck Satin Camisole Top (past season; size 2) || Salvatore Ferragamo Ginny Crossbody Bag (also here) || Castañer Carina Canvas Wedge Espadrilles (more Castañer espadrilles here)
Two of you bought the Hepburn Mini Dress featured here, then wrote to ask how I addressed the deep armholes “situation.” If I were more comfortable with my body, I might have said, “go braless!(?)” But I am only slozy in private, so my favorite way to wear tops or dresses with deep armholes is to add an inner layer–and that can be a t-shirt, or a bralette, or a camisole.

And my base layer of choice–when the item in question has not only deep armholes, but also a deep neckline–is a lace longline bralette or a lace-trimmed camisole. The lace fringes add not just additional coverage, but also visual interest. It’s all upsides.

A few more Free People items in my closet are currently on sale at Macy’s, and I would recommend the following:

Free People Sweetie Pie Lace Blouson Bodysuit I own this in three colorways, and while that is excessive, buying just one isn’t. The fit is true to size, but the style does run short, so if you are 5’6 or taller, you may need to size up.



Free People Sweetie Pie Lace Blouson Bodysuit (also sold at Nordstrom, Free People, Saks Off Fifth, and Zappos)


Free People Sonny Harem Jogger Pants I own these in black, have been sleeping in them, and have plans to buy another pair; they are so soft. The pants have a relaxed fit (see “harem” in name), so your normal FP size will do. Use code SHOP25 at checkout for an extra $10 off (valid through 09/09/18).

Free People Sonny Harem Jogger Pants (also sold at Free PeopleNordstrom RackZappos, and Yoox)


Free People Sydney Bodysuit Runs large (1-2 sizes) with deep armholes, but the sale price is so reasonable ($16.50 in four colors) that I am willing to overlook its issues and still recommend it.

Free People Sydney Bodysuit (also sold at Shopbop, Free People, Zappos, and Lord + Taylor)

If you need something to add to your cart to push it over the free shipping minimum ($49), I own the Ideology Performance Ankle Leggings and would recommend them; the almost 5-star reviews speak for themselves. And the cropped length is almost perfectly “full” length on 5’2 me.

Happy shopping!

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