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I believe lace is extremely feminine. It has been used since the 16th century, however not with the same connotations as today. From late 14th to 17th century it represented opulence, royalty, wealth and status; through its intricacy as it was handmade and therefore expensive. Lace was worn by both men and women. During those times it was about over embellishing and over decorating garments, lace was used as one of the elements to do so. Lace moved out of fashion for men after the 17th century however it was still a part of women's clothing.
Women’s silhouettes became more structured as hoop skirts become less popular. Even though the silhouette and tastes have changed lace has been constant and pivotal element throughout the years; from the flapper era, Madonna to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge to Chanel.
Lace to me represents femininity, romance and nostalgia. It is lightweight, silky and soft. It is something that is appreciated by both sexes. In today’s society you do not think of masculinity when you think of lace which is an ornate delicate fabric. Society describes the modern man as tough, strong and rough. Therefore lace it explains why men and lace doesn’t mix and why that trend deteriorated through the years.