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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.
Photographed by Mark Iantosca.