This Runway Trend Is Perfect For Spring

As much as we love gawking at Fashion Month's most over-the-top looks, we know most will never have mass appeal (case in point: this bold Margiela number that reads more like a work of art than a realistic outfit). That said, we're always game to pull trends off the runway and translate them for everyday wear. Take for example the ultra-romantic aesthetic we spotted on the spring/summer '16 catwalks — and again in the costumes from time-traveling TV drama Outlander on STARZ (premiering April 9 at 9 p.m. E/P). The show's upcoming season features floral-frilled, bow-crazed getups similar to ones that were showcased on-model at Gucci, Ashish, and Erdem last year. And while these high-fashion iterations are a little more princess-meets-ethereal-nymph, we're here to show you how to dial it back for your own IRL look.

When experimenting with this hyper-feminine aesthetic, moderation is key. While we love a good ruffle, all-over lace, and crystal embellishments, these elements are stronger in small doses — via one statement piece instead of an entire ensemble. To prove that point, we broke out the most wearable styles from this look to show you how to pull 'em off on a casual Friday (or manic Monday, for that matter) without looking like you walked out of a fairy tale. With a verified runway trend like this, who says romance is dead?
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Delicate Lace
Lace can immediately read as overtly sexy or grandma's doily, so reel it in with neutral layers for a sophisticated twist. Gray skinny jeans and an olive bustier should do the trick with this rust-toned blouse. Finish the look with lace-up sandals and a delicate but beautiful accent ring.
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Soft Ruffles
Shoulder-baring silhouettes already feel a touch flirty, but add a subtle ruffle, and it's full-on second-date (maybe third) material. Work in high-waisted flares to offset the volume up top, geometric frames for contrast, and granny heels to peek beneath the frayed hem. Then add pom earrings, because why not?
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Wildflower Prints
No surprise here: Busy floral prints will be making the outfit rounds this season. Instead of competing with the dizzying pattern of your statement piece, like this dramatic shirtdress, play up specific colors via more minimal styles. To keep this piece from erring overly feminine, we'd wear it over trousers with Velcro sneaks and a structured backpack.
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Ultra Embellishments
Crystal detailing, sequins, and flirty tassels made multiple appearances on this season's runways. But because these embellishments can easily dominate an outfit (not to mention, blind someone), it's best to balance them with neutrals and boxy, sharp silhouettes. Try bejeweled slip-ons with crisp culottes, a semi-sheer paneled crop top, and a deep-emerald purse for an extra touch of color.
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Bow Details
Ribbons and bows may scream "frilly," but you can easily combat that with a cheeky combo. This pink, bow-accented skirt pairs unexpectedly with a graphic cropped tee and grommet-adorned block heels. Tie a bandana or silk scarf around your neck to play up the colors in the top, and go with a simple structured satchel that won't take away from the belted detail.
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