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How to style lace-up detail

1. Short-sleeved graphic T-shirt (Andy Warhol) 2. Lace-up leggings 3.Bomber jacket 4.IGC x NOTA leather sneakers
1. Short-sleeved graphic T-shirt (Andy Warhol) 2. Lace-up leggings 3.Bomber jacket 4.IGC x NOTA leather sneakersPHOTOS: ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH, BIMBA Y LOLA, DOROTHY PERKINS, H&M, IN GOOD COMPANY, MANGO AND ZALORA, PULL AND BEAR, TOPSHOP, TUI, UNIQLO, ZARA
1. Corset sweatshirt 2.Embroidered straight crop jeans3. Brushed hoop earrings 4. Farah Arrows Gold sandals
1. Corset sweatshirt 2.Embroidered straight crop jeans3. Brushed hoop earrings 4. Farah Arrows Gold sandalsPHOTOS: ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH, BIMBA Y LOLA, DOROTHY PERKINS, H&M, IN GOOD COMPANY, MANGO AND ZALORA, PULL AND BEAR, TOPSHOP, TUI, UNIQLO, ZARA
1.Only black lace-up dress, 2. Handle braided bag and 3. Contrast fabric high-heeled sandals
1.Only black lace-up dress, 2. Handle braided bag and 3. Contrast fabric high-heeled sandalsPHOTOS: ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH, BIMBA Y LOLA, DOROTHY PERKINS, H&M, IN GOOD COMPANY, MANGO AND ZALORA, PULL AND BEAR, TOPSHOP, TUI, UNIQLO, ZARA

The criss-cross string design is so versatile, it can be found on anything from leggings to dresses

How do I style lace-up pieces?

Lace-up detail, or the use of string to create criss-crosses across fabric, have been all the rage recently, borrowing from an amalgamation of hippie and boho styles of the 1970s.

It is extremely versatile - it can function to show off a cheeky peek of skin or as a statement detail on a piece of clothing.

Because of its versatility, such detail can be used to adorn anything from lingerie to flowy bohemian tops.

So how does one incorporate lace-up pieces into one's daily wardrobe without looking overtly raunchy?

For a fashionable weekend look, add a touch of edge with leggings or trousers that have lace-up details down the side.

For those who seek comfort and a more dressed-down ensemble, an oversized sweater with lace-ups is always a winning option.

STREET VIBE

For an edgy look that oozes street-style cool, pair leggings with mesh and lace-up panels at the sides, with a retro tee and a satin bomber jacket for the ultimate athleisure look.

1. Short-sleeved graphic T-shirt (Andy Warhol), $19.90, from Uniqlo

2. Lace-up leggings, $76.90, from Topshop

3. Bomber jacket, $55.90, from H&M

4. IGC x NOTA leather sneakers, $239, from In Good Company


CHIC AND COMFORTABLE

Comfort need not be achieved at the expense of style. Throw on an oversized sweater with corset-style lace-up around the waist. Avoid looking sloppy by styling it with embellished jeans and metallic sandals.

1. Corset sweatshirt, $55.90, from Pull and Bear

2. Embroidered straight crop jeans, $89.90, from Mango from Zalora

3. Brushed hoop earrings, $34, from Abercrombie and Fitch

4. Farah Arrows Gold sandals, $225, from The Tui Collection 2017


SEXY NIGHT OUT

Elevate a girls' night out look by sporting a little black dress that laces up at the front. Balance out flirty femininity with an edgy statement clutch and eye-catching strappy heels.

1. Only black lace-up dress, $63.90, from Dorothy Perkins

2. Handle braided bag, $175, from Bimba Y Lola

3. Contrast fabric high-heeled sandals, $119, from Zara

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2017, with the headline 'Lace-ups are downright fun'. Print Edition | Subscribe