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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)