Can you actually dress feminine but not girly? Of course.
Time has changed and dressing feminine is no longer the stereotype of wearing a pink ruffle dress and red high heels.
Truly, feminine looks are incredibly versatile and exist in ALL kinds of looks.
From a classy ensemble to the 24/7 jeans girl look, you can always elevate your look with a dash of womanly vibes.
To debunk the myth that girly and feminine styles are the same thing, I’ve gathered 10 outfit tips to change your mind!
1. STAY FEMININE BUT NOT GIRLY WITH UNIQUE HUES
Want to look feminine but not girly? Well, colors are probably a good place to start!
Instead of going for the classic girly hues like pink and all kinds of floral hues, go for some unique hues to add a dash of attitude.
Think sage green, rust, wine red, and more – they truly boost your aesthetic of the looks tenfolds.
Or else, neutral tones are another great option.
Shades like white, cream, beige, and champagne gold are the “classic grown women hues” that look effortlessly feminine and sophisticated.
2. EMBRACE SILK, SATIN & CHIFFON FOR FABRIC
So you are not much of a dress girl so you wonder: Can I look feminine in jeans? Well, while that’s tricky, it’s possible!
That said, pick your top with feminine fabric like shiny silk, satin or chiffon can always create a ladylike temperament even in the boxy silhouette.
That’s probably why French women always look so feminine even in the simplest ensemble.
Femininity is all about sophistication while girly is more on the teeny side, so yes ladies, it’s time to Swap out a cotton tee for a satin top that lasts you ten years.
Trust me, it’s an investment.
3. CHANGE THE ROUND NECKLINE TO A BOAT NECKLINE
While a round neck tee with a floral A-line skirt looks really cute, they can appear to be girly rather than feminine.
Why? Cause a round neckline is always causal and again, probably too youthful.
Personally, I am not a fan of the round neckline as that can make my chubby face looks even rounder!
To elevate the look to another level, it’s time to try boatneck. It’s universally flattering to showcase your shoulder line and that’s one of the best ways to express our femininity.
Or else, the V-neck top will do its job. It just looks sleek and stylish in every way.
4. SWITCH OUT YOUR MINI DRESS TO MIDI DRESS
As a no-brainer, switch out your mini dress for a sophisticated midi dress.
I LOVE mini dresses but sometimes I have to admit they look kind of girly, especially the ones with A-line cutting.
Of course, it really depends on the occasion. If you are on summer vacay, a pink floral mini dress is a real mood booster!
To make your pink dress looks more sophisticated and elegant, go for the midi length.
Together with a dainty necklace and nude heels, you just carry yourself as a poised lady.
One final tip, if you really want to boost your femininity, go for the midi skirt with a side slit is just another level – Try it!
5. WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD A BLAZER
If you are wearing something girly and you want to balance it out, guess what, throw on a blazer and you’ll be all set.
Featuring a structured and boxy silhouette, matching your bodycon dress with an oversized blazer just screams “I’ve got a style and I ROCK it”.
Some girls love matching their lace cami top and white jeans with a beige blazer, that’s such a feminine look without going the traditional way! LOVE.
6. GO FOR A BILLOWY SILHOUETTE WITH WIDE-LEG PANTS
Can you look feminine but not girly in pants? YES! What about a nice pair of culottes that exude a sense of confidence?
As a petite girl, I love wearing wide-leg pants as they just elongate my legs like crazy, especially when I team them with pointy heels.
Featuring a flowy silhouette with flared pants, it’s extremely feminine and sophisticated when you walk.
7. DRESS MODESTLY BUT FEMININE TO LOOK SOPHISTICATED
Femininity is never about showing all your naked skin out, instead, it’s about leaving room for imagination to others.
So instead of going for a cropped co-ord set that shows your chest and legs, level up yourself with a square neck fishtail dress to seal the deal.
No, you are not showing much skin out but I guess now everyone can notice your hourglass silhouette!
8. ADD A NECK SCARF TO ELEVATE YOUR WOMANLY LOOK
If you want to dress boyish but look feminine with minimal effort, throw yourself a neck scarf that is foolproof.
Every lady should have a necklace as they just go well with EVERYTHING.
Whether you style it with your bag or wrap it around the neck, you just signal to others you are the classy feminine lady who pays attention to details.
In the world that neck scarf is not yet a staple yet, wearing one just makes others wonder “Hmm… who’s that girl?”.
I don’t know about you but I am so tempted to start my scarf collection now!
9. A SLEEK YET FEMININE HAIRSTYLE TO SHOW SOME ATTITUDE
Needless to say, hairstyles play a major role in our femininity.
If you are getting bored of your long straight hair look, perhaps it’s time to have some new change.
Whether that’s a long-Short layered cut or wavy ends, it always feels refreshing to update your look once in a while.
For me, a sleek low bun is my all-time favorite and I always feel like a boss lady when I wear them.
Together with a fitted turtleneck top and beige dress pants, it’s just simple yet dazzling.
10. WEAR SHOES WITH POINTY TOES INSTEAD OF ROUND TOE
Round-toe shoes are cute but the problem is, they appear almost too cute for me.
I can imagine a sweet 14-year-old wearing these pairs with a babydoll dress.
Again, round-toe shoes will always make my legs look thick and short and that’s really not a good look.
Instead, go for the pointy-toe heels for a sharp, modern, and leg-elongating look. They will never disappoint you.
So ladies, there you go – the 10 tips if you wonder how to dress feminine but not girly.
I hope these tips are useful. At the end of the day, it’s all about taking the balance between the hues, fabrics, and cutting off the looks so the combinations can be literally endless.
If someone tells you dressing feminine has only one style, well, they are probably wrong.
Let’s have a quick recap first:
- Stay feminine but not girly with unique hues
- Embrace silk, satin & chiffon for fabric
- Change round neckline to boat neckline
- Switch out your mini dress for a midi dress
- When in doubt, add a blazer
- Go for a billowy silhouette with wide-leg pants
- Dress modest but feminine to look sophisticated
- Add neck scarf to elevate your womanly look
- A sleek yet feminine hairstyle to show some attitude
- Wear shoes with pointy toes instead of round toe
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