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Lace is often associated with two very different extremes: Racy lingerie and grandma's doilies. But this winter, the fabric proves to be more versatile than you'd expect: A lace blouse offers the perfect dose of formality for an office holiday shindig. Yes, it is possible to be both naughty and nice.

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1. For the purposes of work, even if it's am office holiday party after hours, keep the look decidedly out of the boudoir. Opt for a camisole in a solid shade underneath the blouse, preferably black.

2. Lace can be tricky: It can read either too innocent or too edgy - and you don't want too much of either. Instead, stick to sophisticated black, like the ladylike looks at Dolce & Gabbana's fall presentation (above left) for the most refined interpretation.

3. Remember that you're dressing for a work function, not a full-out formal affair. To this end, pair lace with office-appropriate fabrics such as wools, tweeds or herringbones. It will read less red-carpet that way.

Styling by Sarah Jay (www.sarahjay.ca); hair and makeup by David Goveia for TRESemmé/Judy Inc. (www.judyinc.com).

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