Stylemma: Where can I find feminine styles?
I’ve noticed a lot of masculine tailoring and classic styles around at the moment; plain T-shirts, boyfriend blazers and boyish trousers. I’m into more feminine girlie stuff but where should I go?
You’re right, there are a lot of mannish styles around. Androgynous and unisex almost, and while they are great additions to any girl's wardrobe some people are just not that into it. But don’t fret!
There are loads of pretty, feminine pieces around for you to choose from. All the nude tones on the high street are perfect to indulge your softer side - Lipsy VIP have a fab, ruffled blush dress that looks amazing on. It’s €225 so should be reserved for a special occasion, but they’ve got other prom styles for €76 in the same tones.
River Island have a huge range of floral 50s tea dresses in a multitude of colours that are almost sickly sweet they’re so girly!
Contrast them with denim or leather to rough it up a bit. They come in at roughly €56 each.
Lace is also a big story this season and Warehouse have an Alexa Chung-inspired lace baby doll dress in a washed cream colour. It’s got three-quarter-length sleeve, so is ideal for daytime and could be worn with tights if you’re not keen on flashing your pins. They’ve also got a tiered crochet shift dress that’s got a cool vintage vibe to it.
Team with a white linen blazer (not the boyfriend kind) for a wedding or other special occasion.
Miu Miu got super girlie this season with cat and bird prints on the pretties of blouses. Moschino Cheap and Chic have done similar versions for a fraction of the price and Topshop are always good for vintage-inspired blouses in kitsch prints and fabrics so be sure to check them out.
If none of the above is tickling your fancy, then maybe you need the ultimate in feminine dressing - the maxi dress. They’re everywhere this season, from chiffon, floaty versions fit for the most glamorous beach wedding, to daytime jerseys in every conceivable colour. But this floral ASOS one has it all. It’s cotton so you can wear it when the heat wave comes. It’s got a crossover detail at the front which means you can still indulge in Prosecco al fresco without worrying about your tummy. And it’s covered with the most beautiful rose infused floral print. All for 56 quid.
If that doesn’t offer enough inspiration, I give up!
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