Feminine Lace with a Modern Twist

Fashion Blogger Lindsay Shores on Comm Ave in Boston
All Photo Credits: James Saulsky (@jsaulsky)

I love classic dresses that highlight a woman’s femininity and sense of tradition, and yet I also sometimes like the infusion of modern lines or edge. What I loved about this blue lace dress by Alexis that I wore to host the Style Collective Podcast Launch Party at the French restaurant La Voile on Newbury Street in Boston (read all about that event here) was that it combined traditionally feminine lace with modern, horizontal lines and lace-covered cutouts.

Lindsay Shores in feminine lace in Back Bay

Lindsay Shores in Blue Lace Dress

Lindsay Shores on Comm Ave in Boston

Lindsay Shores on Comm Ave in Boston

**The following part of this post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Sometimes when I am attending (or in this case, hosting) an event, and I feel like I could use a snap of boldness or something new and different, I’ll turn to Rent the Runway (RTR). This is a fabulous thing to do for a wedding if you feel like mixing it up without overfilling your already packet closet (if you’re anything like me) or spending so much on a dress you may only wear for one special occasion! Get 20% your first Rent the Runway order using the code FIRST by clicking here!

Not only does RTR have dresses and other outfits to rent for special events, but they also send you a free backup size and they have a wide array of beautiful accessories to complement your look. For this event, I chose a sparkly Rebecca Minkoff envelope clutch which was just perfect, added a glamorous touch to my look, and fit everything I needed!

For heels, I opted for my Sam Edelman classic strappy black sandals, which I love. I have these in white too and need to buy them in beige. They have a nice clean look and go with everything – plus, they have a lovely cushioned sole and are very comfortable!

Lindsay Shores in feminine blue

Lindsay Shores bringing Parisian style to Boston

I stepped out from the Style Collective party for this quick photoshoot on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Back Bay, which was designed in the French boulevard style by Arthur Gilman in 1856 (I knew I loved this boulevard for a reason!). You can read more on this history of Comm Ave and Back Bay in an interesting article entitled “Commonwealth Avenue Mall.”

Lindsay Shores of Paris, Meet Boston

Lindsay Shores, Paris-inspired Boston style infleuncer

Lace dress and clutch details

Rebecca Minkoff clutch details

You can rent this blue “Delila” Lace Sheath Dress and the Rebecca Minkoff Black Leo Clutch from RTR or buy my strappy sandals by clicking the links below. You can also shop a similar Alexis “Delila” Sheath in black in black under “Shop the Look” at the very end of the post!

Dress: Alexis “Delila” Lace Dress        Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff Black “Leo” Clutch

Heels: Sam Edelman “Patti” Ankle Strap Sandal

Photographer: James Saulsky

Lindsay Shores at La Voile

Once back at the beautiful French brasserie La Voile, I sat admiring photographs of French greats that don the walls, such as one of the ever-elegant Catherine Deneuve, a famous and beloved French actress. Being in La Voile felt like being back in France, and I became very pensive as I felt myself being inspired all over again by the intoxicating nature of the French way of life.

Do you love classic feminine style but with a bit of edge from time to time? Are you inspired by the French as I am? Do you love historic Back Bay in Boston? Answer in the comments below or leave whatever other thoughts you would like to share! We’d love to hear from you!

You can shop a similar dress in black, the Rebecca Minkoff clutch, and my Sam Edelman strappy sandals below! And don’t forget to share this post via the social media buttons at the bottom of the post for friends, family, or colleagues who are lovers of French-inpired chic! You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter with your e-mail on the right side of any blog page to receive weekly Paris, Meet Boston inspiration straight to your inbox!

À bientôt,



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  • Reply
    June 5, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    You look gorgeous! I used RTR for the first time last month for a work event and was very pleased with their service, even wrote a review on it. Would happily use them again and recommend them to anyone who has an event they need to get ready for.

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      Lindsay Shores
      June 5, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Thank you so much Erica! Yes I agree that RTR offers a fantastic service! They certainly help to keep my fashion game interesting. Glad you had a great experience with them as well! xx

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    Jenn Wang
    June 5, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Love this gorgeous lace dress! Blue is your color, girl! Also, love that you incorporated edgy details to complete the look!


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      Lindsay Shores
      June 5, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much Jenn! I thought the blue was nice and bold! xx

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    June 5, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    This is such a pretty outfit. That dress is gorgeous and love the color and detail of it.

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    The Southern Thing
    June 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    That is such a cute dress! I love the lace details!

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      Lindsay Shores
      June 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks darlin’! I love what the brand Alexis did with the lace! xx

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    June 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    This shade of blue is quickly becoming one of my favorite colors! And I’m obsessed with lace! You look gorgeous! xoxoxo

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      Lindsay Shores
      June 5, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much Mae! Doesn’t the blue have a lot of force to it? It was so vibrant, and that’s how I wanted to feel that day. xx

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    Ashley Inman
    June 5, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    This dress is gorgeous! I may just have to get the similar one in black.

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      Lindsay Shores
      June 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you Ashley! I know what you mean… the dress is kind of amazing in the black style! Very striking. I bet you would just own that look! xx

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    June 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    I love this dress!! It’s beautiful and I love how there’s just a little bit of skin showing between the top and the skirt because it just gives it that modern, edginess. So beautiful and classy! Also my favorite color 🙂

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      Lindsay Shores
      June 5, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much Hannah! That’s exactly what I was thinking about it! xx

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    June 6, 2017 at 12:04 am

    This dress looks gorgeous on you! The color and cut are perfect. Love the shoes too!

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    Brittany Daoud
    June 6, 2017 at 2:32 am

    Oh that lace is such an interesting design! It’s not something you see very often, but I love it! xo, B |

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      Lindsay Shores
      June 6, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you Brittany!! I thought it was different too, so it was fun to rent for this event! xx

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    June 6, 2017 at 2:54 am

    This lace dress is gorgeous! It would be perfect to wear to a wedding!

    Amanda ||

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      Lindsay Shores
      June 6, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you Amanda!! I agree, this style would be perfect for a wedding!! xx

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    Nicole @ Work|Wear|Wander
    June 6, 2017 at 3:02 am

    That dress is gorgeous and fits you so well! So stunning!

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    Alix Maza
    June 6, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Love the detailing!


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    June 7, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    This dress is just stunning on you! Loving that color.

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