Inspiration: Ladylike Elegance

Moments of Grace via Shopbop

Ladylike. Romantic. Sexy. Fresh. This Preen dress featured in the Shopbop online editorial has all of these adjectives going for it and more. The feminine, swirling ruffles on top melt into a sexy cut-out in back. The slim, belted-waist falls open to a wider-than-usual cut skirt. It’s a look that is ripe for copying in Spring 2011. Just pair a skin-toned or off-white lacy top with a full black skirt and skinny belt to beckon your ladylike elegance. While the Shopbop look is more formal, it could be made more casual with a tweak to the skirt.

Here’s an alternative look to the Preen dress in separates of a lacy tank + full skirt.

Mcginn "Kendall" lace tee

Modcloth "Essential Elegance" skirt

Tuck the lacy top into the full skirt, add a skinny belt and heels and voila, your look has come together. The bonus of separates is that you can wear either piece with a handful of other looks in your closet. Here’s another skirt option that’s shorter and a bit more casual: Modcloth Star-Studded Sky Skirt.

For more Ladylike inspiration, click on over to the full Shopbog editorial, Moments of Grace. So lovely!

Can you see yourself wearing this? Tell me if this look is up your alley or if you’ll be passing.


7 responses to “Inspiration: Ladylike Elegance

  1. That skirt is my absolute favorite silhouette! Nipped at the waist, full at the hem. I’d definitely wear this look.

    • Sally,
      Hi! I’m so glad you like this look. That nipped in waist is ultra-flattering and I’ll bet it looks great in motion. I can just picture it on you for one of your daily outfits. Mahvelous!

  2. Drool. Perfect to look at on a dreary day. Beautiful!

  3. YES YES YES and yes again! Classic, yet also on-trend for this season, feminine, beautiful, sophisticated and totally wearable, this is my favourite new trend/silhouette. Great post!

    Laura @

  4. i seriously want that skirt.

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