Eco chic

Silver Ralph Lauren Black Label skirt, $399, The Trunk Show (281 Meeting St., Charleston)

This month’s quest: Finding top trends in “up-cycled” boutiques in a month when being eco-friendly is en vogue. If you’re looking for the latest fashion trends that are spotted in all the major style publications and on the racks of every fashion house, be sure to keep consignment shops on your must-visit list.

I went looking for everything lace and I found it in every style, fabric, design and brand name label for every budget.

Why I love it Take away the Victorian era of high-collar blouses and boned-bodice gowns and find that a retro-mini or an ultra-tailored jacket done completely in lace makes a girly look even more feminine.

How to wear lace Take the seductiveness out of the equation to make lace part of your everyday wardrobe. A streamlined heel or drapey T-shirt give daywear a graceful edge. Try these:

Black lace mini, $5.99, Uptown Cheapskate (655 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant)

Cotton lace jacket, $44.99 (sold as a skirt set), Consigning Women (21 Magnolia Road, Suite 110, West Ashley)

Silver Ralph Lauren Black Label skirt, $399, The Trunk Show (281 Meeting St., Charleston)

Red Valentino top, $25, Butterfly (482 King St., Charleston)

Hook-and-Eye top, $9.99, Uptown Cheapskate

Julia Jordan dress, $134, The Trunk Show

Vintage Jerro M. McMerny heels, $98, The Trunk Show

Lexi’s Eco-Friendly Look For Less Than $70:

Fashionista jacket, $21.99, Consigning Women

New York & Co. top, $5.99, Uptown Cheapskate

Vintage gold scale belt, $25, Butterfly

Juicy Couture brocade shorts, $14.99, Uptown Cheapskate

Got a question? Email Alexandra Munzel at alexandra@alexandrastyles.com.