Feminine Outfits That Are Daring, Not Dainty

Dressing feminine is a tough balancing act. A bow too big or a ruffle too frilly, and a ladylike outfit can suddenly look as sophisticated as a 5-year-old on Easter morning. However, by paying attention to a certain few elements — shape, color, and accessories, most notably — ladylike elements can be powerful, not prissy. Ahead, five real women show off our favorite ways to do feminine outfits.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
A ladylike-wallpaper print can be too overwhelming on a dress, but when broken up into a crop-top-skirt combo (and worn with a leather bucket bag, a jean jacket, and not-your-average stilettos), it's just right.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
Dress down a ball skirt like Aimee's with a plain, white tank and strappy, simple heels. A non-floral motif like that splatter print helps keep things cool.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
Working with an all-over ditsy floral print? A simple T-shirt shape like this dress on Ella Catliff will keep things looking modern.
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Photographed by Mark Iantosca.
With lace, we like a silhouette that's more buttoned up. Look closely at Yasmin Sewell's frock, and you'll see a smattering of plaid, too!
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Photographed by Christian Vierig.
Choose a floor-length peasant dress in an electric color and match it with accessories in complementary colors.
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