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.
1. Tie a bow in your hair
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Forget all school-girl associations—if it’s cool enough for Alexa Chung, it’s cool enough for you.
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
2. Try delicate jewelry
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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).
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)
3. Form-fitting is your friend
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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.
The draped wrap detail is flattering on every form.
Topshop Drape Shift Dress ($92)
4. Use hosiery to your advantage
Whether it’s a pair of sheer Swiss dot tights or a pair of knee socks, the right hosiery can be like lingerie for your legs.
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)
5. Exercise your right to ruffles
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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.
The affordable price of this blouse makes trying the look less of a commitment.
H&M Ruffle Blouse ($30)
6. Lay on the lace
Is there anything more feminine than lace? Extra points if your top is paired with more tailored separates for a balanced look.
A mix of different lace patterns makes this top a standout pick.
Thakoon Lace Inset ¾ Sleeve Top ($990)
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.
Stand out from the pack in this vibrant knit.
J.Crew Collection Cashmere Textured-Frame Sweater ($248)
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.
A metal belt feels like a sophisticated upgrade from a leather version.
ASOS Skinny Full Metal Waist Belt ($38)
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.
Leopard plus embellishment is a dynamite combination.
Isabel Marant Owen Leopard-Print Blouse ($473)
10. Flip out (with your skrit, that us)
A flippy miniskirt is the calling card of an ultra feminine girl.
This skirt is cute personified.
Guess Polka Dot Circle Skirt ($70)
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.
This cashmere coat is the epitome of luxury and will cut a pretty figure to boot.
Sofia Cashmere Basic Wrap Belted Coat ($500)