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Lace wedding dress glossary

Wedding Dress Lace: A Glossary of Terms

Lace is not created equal. Read on to decode the difference between the various types of romantic fabric.

Photo: Buffy Dekmar

Depending on how it’s used, lace can give your bridal look an utterly current vibe or a dose of retro romance. From Chantilly to eyelet, get the 411 on the different types of this timeless fabric.

Alençon:

Sometimes called the “queen of lace,” this French style (which dates back to the 16th century) has a distinct floral pattern outlined with corded detail. It’s characterized by its 3-D effect, and frequently decorated with seed pearls and sequins.

Chantilly:

Named for its origin in Chantilly, France, this delicate and dainty lace features flowers and ribbons on a plain net background. It’s the most fluttery and romantic of the group and popular for sleeves and overlay, since it has a sheerness that also gives off a sexy vintage vibe.

Eyelet:

This cotton fabric is sweet and summery. Embroidered cutouts give it a country-spun feel, while scalloped edges provide an heirloom quality. Since it’s very breathable, it’s the ideal choice for an outdoor, warm-weather wedding.

Guipure:

Cotton-based with dense interwoven patterns, this lace can resemble embroidery or macramé. It’s heavier than most lace and is usually limited to structured silhouettes, but its thick patterns make a dramatic statement.

Honiton:

A type of guipure, this particular style looks to nature for inspiration and it’s created by joining together round, heavy floral and leaf motifs. It tends to lend a regal, old-fashioned feel—for a great example, check out Prince George’s intricate christening gown made of Honiton.

Point D'Esprit

To create this lightweight lace, small oval or square dots are woven in a scattered pattern into a netted fabric. Add sweet texture when you layer this fun French style—which has a similar feel to tulle—over a dress or incorporate it into a veil.

Schiffli:

Another lightweight style, this machine-made lace has an allover delicate embroidered design. It looks great both as an overlay or as edging on a sleeve, hem or bodice of a gown.

Venise

Also known as “Venetian point” or “gros point,” this heavy needlepoint-type design uses floral sprays, foliage or geometric patterns and is often said to look like carved ivory.

-- Lauren Greene

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