Layering With Lace

Every year, when summer ends and fall begins, women from New York to Minnesota ask themselves the same question: how can I dress warmly without looking like Randy in A Christmas Story (1983)?

Years ago, Gale Epstein, Hanky Panky’s President and Creative Director, taught me the trick of staying warm without bulking up or sacrificing feminine flair: layering with lace. Lace insulates and adds a dressy touch to your favorite fall and winter jackets and sweaters.

Hanky Panky’s Sportwear line began in one of the most venerable periods in fashion history: the 1980s. Says Gale:

Our long sleeved lace tops grew out of the underwear-as-outerwear trend we launched in the mid 1980s. These were camisoles and tops made of lingerie laces that peeked out of the power-suiting jackets women wore to the workplace. They filled a void at the time but the category has now extended to the very casual layering trends of this century.

Hanky Panky’s Fall 2014 collection includes several pieces that are perfect for fall layering, from Signature Lace classics such as the Unlined Cami and Long Sleeved Top, to the three new styles in our Sportswear line:

Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Top in Ariel Lace. Style No. 9BT324. $59 on hankypanky.com.

Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Top in Ariel Lace. Style No. 9BT324. $59 on hankypanky.com.

Cowl Neck Top: Lyocell with Leavers Lace. Style No. 48T504. $68.

Cowl Neck Top: Lyocell with Leavers Lace. Style No. 48T504. $68.

Cardigan: Lyocell with Leavers Lace. Style No. 48J304. $89 on hankypanky.com.

Cardigan: Lyocell with Leavers Lace. Style No. 48J304. $89 on hankypanky.com.

Hanky Panky’s Creative team also pulled together three ensembles to show you how to build “dressed” but comfy outfits this fall, using a few choice layering pieces from Hanky Panky ($48-$89), and your existing wardrobe.

Pink Zoe Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Top in Signature Lace. Style No. 8H4124. $65 on hankypanky.com.

Dress up your favorite black blazer with our Pink Zoe Long Sleeve Scoop Neck Top in Signature Lace (Style No. 8H4124. $65 on hankypanky.com). Shown here with a vintage black wool Ann Taylor jacket and amethyst necklace from Tiffany.

New for Fall 2014! Hanky Panky Cardigan in Lyocell and Leavers Lace panels (Style No. 48J304, $89), over our BARE Scoop Neck Tank in Taupe (Style No. 6J4354). Available on hankypanky.com.

New for Fall 2014! Hanky Panky Cardigan in Lyocell and Leavers Lace (Style No. 48J304, $89), over our BARE Scoop Neck Tank in Taupe (Style No. 6J4354, $48). Available on hankypanky.com.

Two Signature Lace Classics: Unlined Cami (Style No. 1390L, $48) and Long Sleeve Top (Style Non. 128L).

A customer favorite, our Signature Lace Classic Cami (Style No. 1390L, $48), layers beautifully under jackets, sweaters, button-downs and other tops, including our Signature Lace Long Sleeve Top (Style No. 128L, $48). The Classic Cami is currently available in 17 colors on hankypanky.com, and is an easy way to add a pop of color to your outfit.

Clara, Larissa, Senior Designer, Carrie & Anna

About Hanky Panky

In 1977, designer Gale Epstein created a hand-made lingerie set for her friend, Lida Orzeck, crafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. The original designs were the inspiration for the company name, Hanky Panky. Blending traditional with modern glam looks, Hanky Panky is a fashion favorite of countless celebrities.
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