a young woman in green lace


Senior Member
Dear all,
this is the title of the story by Dorothy Parker.

I wonder if green lace actually means
1) a dress made of green lace, or
2) just a collar or some other small detail of her dress?

Thank you.
  • dermott

    Senior Member
    B.E. via Australian English
    Strictly speaking, it could mean either. A particular dress detail, especially if it's striking, could warrant the reference. But a dress made of green lace would be my bet.

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    There was a play by John Bowen with the title The Coffee Lace, which puzzled me enormously until I read it and discovered that this was the name of a coffee-coloured dress.
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