In our modern age being ladylike is rarely seen as being a good thing. It’s often considered the product of long abandoned values of previous time periods. Whatever your opinions are you can’t deny the classic elegance that emerges from embracing ladylike fashion. It can add a touch of femininity to an outfit, whether casual or formal. Ladylike fashion is very similar to the Feminine Style Personality, however many of the elements can be incorporated by all style personalities. This post will explore the ways in which you can incorporate the ladylike style into your every day wardrobe.
Harmonise don’t clash
Contrasting styles and prints can be bold and daring but they tend to overwhelm the ladylike style. A good tip is to use one print and harmonise it with colours that are found on the print. For example don’t clash stripes and florals, instead if you are wearing a floral skirt that has soft pink flowers, wear a soft pink shirt to harmonise your overall look. This means that no clothing item will overwhelm your outfit, instead they will all work together.
There is nothing more feminine than florals. You can never have too many floral pieces in your wardrobe and they come in a variety of designs. I especially love florals on skirts and dresses, but they can work on shirts, jackets and shoes.
Lace just like florals is an essential part to any ladylike wardrobe. If you want to get really in to the ladylike style you could even invest in a pair of lace gloves.
Embrace Pastel Colours
Pastel colours are always soft and feminine evoking a warmth about your style that is incredibly elegant, yet effortlessly sophisticated.
Forget mini skirts and maxi skirts, midi skirts are the essential skirt to make up a ladylike wardrobe. Midi skirts finish just below the knees and can come in A-line and as pencil skirts depending on your taste.
Love the kitten heel
Sky high heels have grown in popularity in recent decades, aside from being very bad for your feet, they can be very difficult to walk in. Kitten Heels on the other hand are a better alternative that can evoke the ladylike feel of past eras.
Love the flats
Ladylike Style icon Audrey Hepburn wore ballet flats in the 1957 film Funny Face from then on they became incredibly popular. Ballet flats can be worn with any outfit and unlike heels they are incredibly comfortable.
Don’t Overdo your jewellery
The key to keeping things ladylike is not to over do anything. When wearing jewellery it is important to keep things simple. A simple pendant, pearls or earrings like drop earrings and studs provide the right amount of bling for any ladylike ensemble.
Keep your make up simple
The best make up for a ladylike style is a bit of light foundation, soft pink or red lips, not too much eyeliner and a bit of eyeshadow, preferably in a lighter shade.
Find inspiration from ladylike icons
Ladylike icons were everywhere in past decades. You had Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. Today we have Kate Middleton and even fictional icons such as Blair Waldorf.
I hope you found these tips useful as learning the art of dressing like a lady in the modern world can help bring a touch of effortless elegance and timeless sophistication to any outfit you put together.