If there is one thing all fashion girls know how to do, it's create an exceptional outfit. But have you ever stopped to think about why exactly it is that their looks are completely foolproof? It's the balance of feminine- and masculine-inspired pieces that give an ensemble the well-rounded and strikingly interesting aesthetic you are going for. A head-to-toe-frilly look tends to air on the side of prissy, while a dress with sneakers feels approachable and cool.
The best thing about this easy fashion-girl secret is that it can be applied to a wide variety of style preferences. Whether your wardrobe is mainly streetwear-inspired or your closet is stuffed with ruffled skirts and floral dresses, this balanced feminine/masculine outfit equation is one that will save you every time. Ahead, we've gathered a handful of looks that all have this cool styling trick in common but are otherwise totally different.
From lace socks with sneakers to a dress over jeans, go on to shop the duos that make these cool-girl looks particularly spot-on.
Layer a ruffled dress over distressed jeans to balance out the overall flirty quality of the frock.
Add some sassy flair to an androgynous long-sleeve T-shirt by way of crystal earrings and a bold lip.
You can never go wrong with a dress and sneakers. This trick comes in handy whenever you have a beautiful dress you want to wear but feel like you'll be overdressed. Sneakers bring your whole look back down to earth.
Luckily, this trick kills two birds with one stone. Find a more streetwear-inspired item like a hoodie and opt for it in a feminine color like pink. It instantly makes light of the otherwise athleisurely appearance.
Pair your most whimsical dress with a structured blazer. This outfit is a great option for when you want to breathe some life into your everyday work wardrobe.
Are you a jeans-and-sneakers only kind of girl? Venture off of your beaten path and wear your go-to sneaks with a pair of lace socks. The juxtaposition of the two is simply perfect.
Make your chunkiest jacket less overwhelming by layering a thin tulle dress or skirt underneath. Instead of weighing you down, the delicate layer will actually make it look like you're floating.