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Prim and proper but never prissy

Although we are still having a fashion love affair with slouchy and deconstructed styles and not to mention slogans, a more refined and elegant look is creeping back onto our fashion radars too. With sleek silhouettes, dainty and feminine styles, looking ladylike is coming back into vogue.

It is always a little bit fun to dress up day to day, especially when a lot of us have fallen into the habit of living in our leggings and baggy sweatshirts. So take your style up a notch or two by giving the prim and proper and very ladylike look a go.

Pencil skirts

A slinky little pencil skirt that falls just below the knee is a wonderful way to show off your curves and emulate a bit of a retro look. For the prim look, don’t automatically plump for black though – try out tweedy shades, grey and even pale pastels which are especially ideal for spring. A word to the wise though – spend a little more to shop styles that have a lining – this will prevent the skirt from riding up or clinging too much.


We’re not talking about bulky or long cardigans here, but the type of cardigan that was very much in vogue in the 1940s and 1950s. It should be slim fitting and end at your natural waist to really show off your curves. A bit of a puff sleeve always goes down well (and especially this season!) as does a delicate lace design. Some pearly buttons and perhaps a small frill on the cuff and hem, and you have a lovely ladylike style. To go that extra retro step, look out for matching twinsets.


When it comes to your jewellery choice, it shouldn’t be gaudy, chunky or too over the top, which is why pearls are the perfect pick for this look. Some large round pearl stud ear-rings and a delicate pearl necklace are all that you need to add a bit of a class. Freshwater cultured pearls are really reasonably priced, so if possible choose those rather than the plastic bead versions which scuff so easily.

Kitten heels

A big look on the catwalk for this season, kitten heels are back with a splash and are the ideal way to complete your ladylike look. Featuring embellishments and different textures, your kitten heels should be the key focus of your style, which is bound to thrill shoeaholics! A pointed toe is needed for this style this season, so look out for wonderful creations and have a bit of fun!

Perfect for the office and smart-casual occasions, the ladylike look is such a fun one and will really help to make the most of your figure. So try it for yourself for a gorgeous style this season.

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