11 Steps To Mastering Feminine Style

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    As much as we love borrowing from the boys, sometimes its nice get in touch with our feminine side, think: lace, miniskirts, and sheer stockings. As such, we looked to our favorite ladies with a capital “L”, from Alexa Chung (master of the gamine shtick) to Scarlett Johansson (a sultry siren of the highest order) to see how they pull off a softer look. Click through now for our tips for dressing like the fairer sex.

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    PHOTO: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

    1. Tie a bow in your hair.

    Forget all school-girl associations—if it’s cool enough for Alexa Chung, it’s cool enough for you.

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    Does locating the perfect ribbon feel like a hassle? Never fear, these pre-made bow ponytail holders will do the trick.

    ​Tasha Bow Peep Ponytail Holder ($14) in Burgundy

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    PHOTO: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

    2. Try delicate jewelry.

    While statement jewelry has its place, we love the subtle appeal of dainty adornment like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Annina Vogel Victorian Rose Cut Diamond Double Swallow Necklace ($3744).

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    Don’t have the budget for Huntington-Whiteley’s necklace? Thankfully this affordable necklace from new brand Phyllis + Rosie is just as lovely.

    ​Phyllis + Rosie Mini V Bar Necklace ($110)

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    PHOTO: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

    3. Form-fitting is your friend.

    Strike a balance between skin-tight and baggy with pieces that flaunt your body in just the right ways like Lupita Nyong’o’s Alutuzarra dress.

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    The draped wrap detail is flattering on every form.

    ​Topshop Drape Shift Dress ($92)

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    PHOTO: Chic Muse

    4. Use hosiery to your advantage.

    Whether it’s a pair of sheer Swiss dot tights or a pair of Max Mara knee socks, as seen on blogger Deni Elias, the right hosiery can be like lingerie for your legs.

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    Not only are these over-the-knee socks a flirty way to show a little thigh, they’ll keep your legs warm too.

    ​Base Range Over Knee Socks ($22)

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    PHOTO: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

    5. Exercise your right to ruffles.

    Something about a frilled detail is inherently girly. We love how Hanneli Mustaparta gave us twice the ruffle in her Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti outfit.

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    The affordable price of this blouse makes trying the look less of a commitment.

    ​H&M Ruffle Blouse ($30)

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    PHOTO: Tuula Vintage

    6. Lay on the lace.

    Is there anything more feminine than lace? Extra points if your top has a girly peplum like blogger Jessica Stein’s.

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    A mix of different lace patterns makes this top a standout pick.

    ​Thakoon Lace Inset ¾ Sleeve Top ($990)

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    7. Harness the power of pink.

    You may think pink feels like a painfully obvious way to show off your feminine side, but as Reese Witherspoon showed in her bright Burberry sweater, the color can actually be quite charming.

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    Stand out from the pack in this vibrant knit.

    ​J.Crew Collection Cashmere Textured-Frame Sweater ($248)

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    PHOTO: Christophe Guibbaud/Abaca/startraksphoto.com

    8. Belt it.

    Here’s the thing about being a girl: you’ve likely got some curves, so why not show them off? A belt at your natural waist is a no-brainer solution. A tunic-length number like Allison Williams’ Dior top makes a flattering peplum effect when cinched at the waist.

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    A metal belt feels like a sophisticated upgrade from a leather version.

    ​ASOS Skinny Full Metal Waist Belt ($38)

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    9. Add a touch of embellishment.

    A bit of embellishment on a top or skirt is a ladylike touch that can stand in for jewelry.

    ​Photo via Stockholm Street Style

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    Leopard plus embellishment is a dynamite combination.

    ​Isabel Marant Owen Leopard-Print Blouse ($473)

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    PHOTO: Sincerely Jules

    10. Flip out (with your skirt, that is).

    A flippy miniskirt like blogger Julie Sarinana’s polkadot Mango version is the calling card of an ultra feminine girl.

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    This skirt is cute personified.

    ​Guess Polka Dot Circle Skirt ($70)

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    11. Opt for a waist-cinching coat.

    Scarlett Johansson knows a thing or two about playing up her curves, so we’ll take her lead by copying her Max Mara figure-enhancing belted coat.

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    This cashmere coat is the epitome of luxury and will cut a pretty figure to boot.

    ​Sofia Cashmere Basic Wrap Belted Coat ($500)

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Lace Inset ¾ Sleeve Top

Lace Inset ¾ Sleeve Top

Thakoon, $990
Bow Peep Ponytail Holder

Bow Peep Ponytail Holder

Tasha, $14
Mini V Bar Necklace

Mini V Bar Necklace

Phyllis + Rosie, $110
Drape Shift Dress

Drape Shift Dress

Topshop, $92
Ruffle Blouse

Ruffle Blouse

H&M, $30
Skinny Full Metal Waist Belt

Skinny Full Metal Waist Belt

ASOS, $38
Basic Wrap Belted Coat

Basic Wrap Belted Coat

Sofia Cashmere, $500
Cashmere Textured-Frame Sweater

Cashmere Textured-Frame Sweater

J.Crew Collection, $248
Polka Dot Circle Skirt

Polka Dot Circle Skirt

Guess, $70
Owen Leopard-Print Blouse

Owen Leopard-Print Blouse

Isabel Marant, $473
Over Knee Socks

Over Knee Socks

Base Range, $22
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