Parties are the best lace to wear it...

Stylish and sexy, lace is enjoying something of a renaissance.

Stars including Martine McCutcheon, Penelope Cruz and Anne Hathaway have stepped out in lace recently with racy results.

There’re hundreds of demure styles on the High Street to choose from, so, although lace can be hard to pull off, you shouldn’t put a foot wrong.

Our top tip? Avoid the ‘tarty’ trap by choosing dresses with a nude or coloured layer underneath.

We love (from top left): empire line dress from Matalan, £20, 8-20; long-sleeved mini, £45, 8-20, Limited Collection at Marks & Spencer; scoop-necked frock from Killah at House of Fraser, £70, s-l; and pencil dress from Next, £54.99, 6-22.

Matalan 0845 330 3330
Marks & Spencer 0845 302 1234
House of Fraser 0870 1607270
Next 0870 2435 435