Q. I'm seeing lace everywhere. Is it appropriate for work?

A: Lace is showing up everywhere right now—including in the office. To keep the look more boardroom than bedroom, choose a lace-detailed top or bottom (dresses have too much of an "evening" vibe) with a conservative cut and toned-down palette—like this bordeaux pencil skirt or navy blouse. You want to balance the fabric's delicacy: Pair it with a knit turtleneck instead of a silky shell; wide-leg trousers, not tapered; structured totes and chunky jewelry in lieu of daintier accessories. Finally, limit the motif to one piece per outfit: Whether it's on your shirt or your skirt, lace should stay in just one place.

From Left to Right: Turtleneck, $240, whiteandwarren.com. Skirt, $29, spiegel.com. Necklace, R.J. Graziano, $75, 212-685-1248. Belt, J. McLaughlin, $65, jmclaughlin.com. Bag, Talbots, $99, talbots.com. Boots, Me Too, $129, nordstrom.com Blouse, $98, and pants, $148; both anntaylor.com. Skinny Belt, Jessica Simpson Collection, $28, jessicasimpsoncollection.com. Kari PVC Bag, Cornelia Guest, $220, bloomingdales.com. Pumps, J.Crew, $325, jcrew.com

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