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F is for Feminine dressing - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - how to embrace your feminine style in your outfits

The Feminine personality dressing style category is the most maligned.   So many women will say to me as they dismiss the feminine “I don’t like frills or flounces” as if these are the only ways to express their innate femaleness.  Each of the garments in the picture above is feminine in some way, yet few have a frill or flounce!

F is for Feminine dressing - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - how to embrace your feminine style in your outfits

The Feminine personality dressing style is about curved lines and softness (rather than the straight, hard lines of the Masculine).  This relates to how we read line and design elements, which harks back to the ancient theory of Yin and Yang.

There are so many ways to express your feminine side:

  1. The feminine silhouette of the hourglass shape
  2. Soft fabrics that skim and drape
  3. Delicate prints
  4. Nature-based prints florals, butterflies, paisley (stylised floral), dots, circles and any sort of curvy line
  5. Sheen, shine and sparkle
  6. Frills
  7. Lighter colours
  8. Fine straps on shoes and slim soles
  9. Bows and embellishments
  10. Lace
  11. Touchable fabrics like silk, velvet, fur
  12. Smaller-scale details and accessories

There is no one right way to express it either.  Personal style is all about personal expression.

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F is for Feminine dressing - Imogen Lamport's A-Z of Style - how to embrace your feminine style in your outfits

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11 Comments

  • This is so me! I’m a curvy girl, and I’ve never felt at home in the androgynous look. I wear lots of prints and florals and colours, soft fabrics and knits. My standard summer wear is a t shirt (usually with a fancy touch somewhere) and skirt. dresses for dress up times. Tween seasons it’s pants with a floaty top (often floral or al floral-ish print) and a cami for decency’s sake. Winter I add a warm cardigan or jacket, but still stick to tops in pretty colours and/or tunic styles. I guess I’d describe my style as feminine with a touch of drama.

  • Skirt, skirt, and skirt!! Skirt in wintertime, skirt in summertime. Sometimes I feel that I am the only one in Budapest (under 65 years) who wears skirt!! I feel feminine in skirt and unique in the world of jeans. Plus I wear jewellery which expresses my personality. I like the soft fine materials, like angora, pure silk.

  • Don’t like most aspects of the ‘feminine’ myself, except for touchy-feely fabrics. Silk, velvet, cashmere are all favourites … But not in feminine colours or shapes.

  • Many thanks for this post — I am one of the “I don’t like the frills” people, and of course you’re right — so going through your list:

    The feminine silhouette of the hourglass shape – check!
    Soft fabrics that skim and drape – check!
    Delicate prints – nope
    Nature based prints – florals, butterflies, paisley (stylised floral) – love paisley and leaves
    Sheen, shine and sparkle – sometimes for dress-up
    Frills – nope!
    Lighter colours – check; in fact i specifically like to wear lighter gentler colours around my husband
    Fine straps on shoes and slim soles – hmm, medium-fine
    Bows and embellishments – nope
    Lace – sometimes for dress-up
    Touchable fabrics like silk, velvet, fur – nope, but intriguing, might try.

    Thank you!

  • You picked such a nice set of feminine-but-not-frou-frou clothes! There are lots of straight and simple lines, but there’s something in each piece that makes it distinctly feminine. I could definitely wear some of those pieces, and I don’t favor super-feminine things. thanks!!

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