Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Anyone who knows me knows that I love girly little details. Bows, lace, cute ruffles... I die. And we've talked about feminine dressing before, but I thought I'd give a little update for this season. Because with all of the cute polka dots and pinks comes completely overdoing the look and ending up looking like a 5-year-old at a birthday party. No good.
As always, the trick with playing with uber-feminine stuff is balance. For every sticky-sweet piece you use, counteract it with something completely different. Then you won't end up looking like a cake topper, but you'll still get to wear adorable clothes. HOORAY!
Here are some general tips.
1. Mix Hard with Soft
I love the idea of mixing hard and soft pieces to really balance them out. This dress would probably be a bit much with some pearls and a super girly heel, but with studs and some rope detail? Perfect. I am especially obsessed with the beaded clutch. Must... own....
2. Let One Piece Shiiiine
It's totally fine to have one totally girly detail and then go casual with the rest.
How adorable would this be for casual fall? It's enough to be different and
polished, but not so much that you look like a crazy person at the grocery store.
Look for one girl piece and the rest can go neutral... with a great leopard print flat, natch.
3. Let Your Accessories do the Talking
in your accessories instead of all of your clothes. Wearing a gray shirt and some
Bermudas is pretty tomboyish, until you add in some ballet flats, a couple of
flower pins and a pretty bracelet. How easy is that? '
4. Get a Sexy Shape
awesome is the word "twee?" Use it in a sentence today) but when you swap the
A-line for some peplum and the flowy top for a Mad Men cardigan, you're back
in the game. I love me some florals and how awesome are these shoes? Wear this to
a 60s ad agency immediately.
5. Go for Modern Details
There's a time and a place for vintage-y prints and old-school silhouettes, but when
you're dressing really girly, look for mod colors and shapes. There's nothing old
about a pair of red skinnies; they take the girly pattern of the top and belt into 2012.
I can even respect some dot-on-dot pattern mixing, as long as it's done in a
different color. SO CUTE.
So yeah, definitely dress like a girl. Just an adult one. Leave the princess dresses
and glass slippers to your daughter.