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Is lace hard or soft?

Hi everyone,

I am in need of some advice regarding lace. I am planning to buy a dress with a lace overlay, but I am not sure whether the lace material is hard or soft. I have never owned anything with lace before, so I have no idea what to expect.

I am concerned that if the material is too hard, it might make the dress uncomfortable to wear. On the other hand, if it's too soft, it may not hold its shape well. Can anyone shed some light on this? What's your experience with lace - is it generally hard or soft?

I would really appreciate your input as I am keen to make an informed decision before making my purchase. Thank you in advance!

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Hi all,

In my experience, I've found that lace can be both hard and soft depending on the type of lace you're dealing with. Some lace materials have a coarser texture to them that can be scratchy against the skin, while others have a much softer, more delicate feel.

Having said that, I think there are other factors that come into play when wearing a lace dress. One of the biggest things to consider is the lining of the dress. Many lace dresses are lined with a softer material to make them more comfortable to wear for extended periods.

In terms of the dress' structure, it's definitely possible to use a harder lace material for a more structured look, but again, the lining will make a big difference here as well. It all comes down to personal preference and the overall design of the dress.

When trying on a lace dress, I would encourage you to pay attention to the quality of the lace itself and how it affects your comfort level. Run the material through your fingers to get a sense of its texture, and see how it feels against your skin.

At the end of the day, I think whether you find lace hard or soft is subjective and depends on a variety of factors. Ultimately, you should go with what feels best for you and what looks great with the rest of your outfit.



I have worn a few lace dresses, and I agree with what some of the previous posters have said. It can be challenging to determine whether lace is hard or soft since this really depends on the design, quality and composition of the lace.

In my experience, lace dresses can feel hard when the lace is thick and heavy. The weight of the lace can cause it to be stiff and unyielding, which doesn't feel comfortable against the skin. Additionally, some lace materials are stiffer due to being heavily embroidered or adorned.

On the other hand, soft lace fabrics tend to be thinner and more delicate. These types of laces are usually more comfortable to wear because they drape more naturally and are less likely to create uncomfortable friction against the skin.

When trying on a lace dress, it's essential to pay attention to how it feels against your skin. If the dress feels itchy, scratchy, or uncomfortable in any way, it could be due to the lace material. However, most lace dresses are designed to be comfortable to wear, so this shouldn't be too much of a concern.

In conclusion, the feel of lace dresses really depends on the specific dress you are wearing, how it's constructed, and what type of lace has been used. Therefore, it's important to try on dresses and assess their comfort level for yourself before purchasing.


Hello everyone,

From my personal experience, I would say that lace can be hard or soft, depending on the specific dress design and the quality of lace used. When it comes to the texture against the skin, some laces tend to be rougher while others are more delicate and silky.

The weight and thickness of the lace also contribute to how it feels. Thicker laces may feel more rigid, while thinner, more delicate laces tend to be softer and more comfortable to wear.

Additionally, as some previous posters have noted, the lining material used in the dress is another big factor to consider. A good lining material such as silk or cotton can make all the difference in how the dress feels against the skin. It provides a soft and smooth barrier between the lace and the skin, and it can enhance your comfort level.

Lastly, as with most things in fashion, personal preference and body shape should factor in when deciding which lace dress to buy. Some people may prefer tight-fitting lace dresses, while others may prefer something more flowing and comfortable. Ultimately, choosing a lace dress that makes you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin is the most important thing.

To sum it up, lace can be hard or soft, depending on several factors, including quality, weight, thickness, and lining material. Based on your personal preference and body shape, you can choose a lace dress that suits your comfort level and enhances your confidence.


Hi there!

I've had plenty of experience with lace clothing, so I hope I can be of help. I find that lace material can vary in texture depending on the specific garment. Some lace can be quite rough and scratchy, while other lace can be very delicate and soft to the touch.

In terms of a dress, I think it depends on how the lace has been incorporated into the design. If it's a thick lace, it might be a bit harder to the touch and create a stiffer structure. However, if it's a thinner lace, it could be much softer and more comfortable to wear.

Another factor to consider is that it's common for designers to add lining to the underside of lace dresses, which could make the material feel less abrasive on the skin.

Overall, I would say that lace can be both hard and soft. It's really important to touch and feel the lace material before purchasing a dress to make sure you're comfortable wearing it.


Hi everyone,

I have a few lace dresses, and I would say that lace can sometimes feel a bit hard but not always. When lace is used as an overlay on dresses, it can feel stiff if the overlay is stiffer than the fabric it is layering on. However, softer lace fabrics can also be used as overlays, which then feels soft.

Additionally, the lining of the lace dress plays a significant part in how comfortable the dress feels. Softer linings such as cotton, nylon, or silk can offset any rough feeling from the lace overlay.

The quality of the lace used will also determine whether it feels hard or soft. Cheaper and more synthetic laces will have a rougher texture than more expensive ones that are often made from silk or cotton. Thicker or more heavily adorned laces will also feel more structured than lighter and sparser laces.

In conclusion, while lace can sometimes feel a bit hard, this isn’t always the case and will vary depending on the lace used and how it is constructed. The lining of the dress can offset any roughness from the lace overlay, and the type of fabric backing the dress will affect how it feels against your skin.


Greetings everyone,

I have a lot of experience wearing lace dresses, and from my personal point of view, I would say that lace can be hard or soft depending on some factors. When it comes to the physical feel, some laces might feel rough based on the texture of the lace even when such lace is thin.

In addition to that, the lining material used in the dress will also determine whether lace in dresses is hard or soft. Fabric linings such as cotton and silk can moderate the feel of the lace since it acts as a buffer.

Furthermore, the weight of lace fabric also plays a vital role in determining the feel. Lightweight laces tend to feel softer on the skin while heavyweight laces made from synthetic fibers could be rougher on the skin.

Lastly, the overall design of the dress plays a significant role in determining if the lace is hard or soft. When lace embellishments are sparsely used in a dress, the dress is likely to feel softer. When lace is applied more heftily, the dress is likely to be stiff and hard.

In conclusion, lace could be either hard or soft, and determining which quality to opt for will depend on the intended use of the dress and your preference. The texture, quality, weight and dress design of the lace, as well as the lining material used, will determine the feel of the lace in the dress.



I have a couple of lace dresses in my closet, and from my experience, it depends on the type of lace and how it's used in the dress. For example, a dress with a lot of lace details might feel a bit rougher than a dress that uses lace more sparingly.

Furthermore, a thicker or more structured lace may feel harder to the touch, while a thinner and more delicate lace will feel softer. It can also depend on the fiber content of the lace – synthetic fibers tend to be stiffer than natural ones like cotton or silk.

Another thing to note is that the way the dress fits you will also affect how the lace feels against your skin. If the dress is too tight and the lace is rubbing against you, it can feel rough and uncomfortable, regardless of how soft the material actually is.

In conclusion, lace is neither inherently hard nor soft. The texture and feel of the material can vary depending on several factors, such as thickness, fiber content, and dress design. When trying on a lace dress, it's always a good idea to pay attention to how the material feels against your skin and opt for a dress that suits your comfort level.


Hi everyone,

I recently got married wearing a bridal dress with elaborate lace detailing, and to be honest, I found the material soft and comfortable. The dress had multiple layers, and the lace was used in a way that made it flowing and brought out the beauty of my dress.

I think the choice of lace material you go with will also depend on your personal style, preference and planned activity. For instance, if you're going to be wearing the dress to a wedding, you may prefer a softer lace that's breathable, while a formal dinner party may call for a dress made from sturdier lace.

So, it's essential to determine the look you're trying to achieve with the lace dress. If you want a dress with more structure, then a harder lace material may be what you're looking for. I recommend trying on different dresses with lace to get a sense of what feels best for you and then make a buying decision from there.

Overall, I consider lace to be soft and malleable than being hard, but again it all depends on the lace quality, design, and use in the garment.

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