Miss Manners by Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin

Save the Lace for Evening

DEAR MISS MANNER: More and more, I see TV newswomen wearing dresses made mostly or all of lace. I always thought lace was for evening. Am I wrong?

GENTLE READER: What time are they delivering the news? Or what era? Before World War II, even radio newscasters wore evening clothes, although not lace, as they were men.

Miss Manners is reluctant to pass out fashion citations for minor infractions, but delicate lace is indeed traditionally reserved for after 5 p.m. Courser lace, such as eyelet or crochet, is acceptable for daywear. All lace must be accompanied by the proper undergarments and -- if one is a being photographed or filmed -- due attention paid to any nefariously intended lighting effect behind it.