Lace appeared on the fall 2011 runways at Chanel, Jason Wu, Elie Tahari, Valentino, and a slew of others, forecasting a trend that has legs off the runway as well. The scalloped edge of this lace top has a delicate, dated look, but the T-shirt cut keeps it versatile and modern. It’s made of cotton, so it’s soft against the skin rather than scratchy (a problem when comparing cheaper versions from fast-fashion chains). It’s the kind of crossover piece that can be worn on its own now, then paired with a blazer when cooler weather hits.
Lacy Waves top, $148 at Madewell or online.