20 Subtle Pieces (That Are Also REALLY Sexy)

We'll admit it: We like it when our clothes get noticed, especially when we're aiming to get noticed ourselves. But, our idea of sexy isn't necessarily hanging on store racks of going-out clothes. For some of us, body-cons, extreme cutouts, and plunging necklines simply aren't our bag, no matter how much we love them on other people. Instead, we turn to more understated picks that happen to be really fetching. Because, we know printed culottes and an off-the-shoulder dress can be just as alluring as something more daring — as long as they're worn with confidence.
So, stop apologizing for your vehement love of midi-skirts or your general dislike of any and all things form-fitting. With the 20 tips and picks ahead, you can have the happy, sartorial medium that's eluded you in the past. Consider this a subtle hint to click ahead.
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The Mesh Dress
Not all mesh dresses are as revealing as this one. We offer AYR's edgy update to the basic T-shirt dress. Take note of the slip lining.
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The Short Suit
Channel Lorde's on-stage style with a bubblegum-pink suit of your own.
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The Open-Back Maxi
Business in the front, party in the back. Tibi's corset-laced, open-back maxi will wow from every angle. If you're extra-daring, try pairing this bra trend with your backless frock.
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The Skort
Not quite a skirt, but not quite a short. Consider this skort your conversation-starter for the evening.
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The Evening Jacket
Brr. Unpredictable, chilly evenings aren't limited to spring. This fringed kimono will come in handy on summer date nights.
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The Thin Choker
A perfect everyday choker, this open-front collar will look just as sexy paired with a high-neck sheath as it will with a low-cut blouse and blazer.
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The Distressed Boyfriend Jean
We all know that a pair of dark-wash skinnies can make us look amazing, but don't discount the boyfriend jean just yet. A perfectly distressed style teamed with heels and a tank is equally alluring.
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The Full-Length Skirt
Go ahead; give us your best Angie impression in this high-slit maxi.
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The Long-Line Bra
Here's how to wear a see-through top without exposing your entire chest in the process.
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The Understated Matching Set
This seductively simple, maroon crop-top-and-midi-skirt set is our fashion team's latest obsession.
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The Jumpsuit
While some may stray into grown-up-onesie territory, this strappy jumpsuit definitely does not.
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The High-Waisted Swimsuit
Did Norma Kamali fool you into thinking this swimsuit was a bikini? Yep, us too. There's no denying you'll feel like a bombshell in this retro, cutout-filled one-piece.
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The Statement Block Heel
Say buh-bye to those basic, blah, nude pumps — and give a big hello to this bright, colorblocked heel.
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The Halter Crop Top
Sometimes, a classic halter is all you need to pull an outfit together. This black, cropped piece — teamed with high-waisted anything — can do no wrong. This is the summer top you'll wear over and over and over again.
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The Ruffle-Sleeve Mini
The ruffled sides of this minidress add an extra-flirty, feminine twist to an otherwise-simple LBD.
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The Tie-Front Button-Down
The button-down shirt gets a summery fix for the warm temperatures with this super-easy tie front. Rinse and repeat with any number of oxfords stowed away in your dresser.
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The Chained Stud
The chain detail attached to the backings gives these staple studs a much-needed oomph.
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The Gingham Playsuit
Gingham. Romper. Need we say more?
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The Off-The-Shoulder Dress
Mastering the art of the subtle, yet scintillating, ensemble is easier said than done — until now. Meet the cut that's swooping in to save your weekend nights: the off-the-shoulder neckline.
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The Floral Culottes
Did you know culottes have magical, butt-enhancing qualities? It's true. This high-waisted, wide-legged, cropped style accentuates your bottom half's best asset.