How to be a Classy Lady: Agent Provocateur

Friday, October 5, 2012

{Badgley Mischka long sleeve gown / J.Crew wool pants / Mad Men for Banana Republic Fall 2011}

Dressing overtly sexy and dressing ladylike are quite different elements of style, and yet, we rarely read articles about how to achieve the art of both simultaneously. You're either over-exposed or prudish. Fortunately, there are ways to inject sexy into a beautifully crafted and ladylike outfit. First, stereotypical areas of exposure need to be redefined. Scrap the low-cut top, backless dress, and cropped top (which you shouldn't ever wear in the first place...just saying) and replace preconceived ideas of sexy. The classy lady knows that her delicate wrists, her prominent neckline, and her exposed ankles are just as sexy because they are subtle.

So how is this subtly-sexy-classy-lady persona achieved? Fixes include capris, bracelet sleeve jackets, and boatneck shirts. Roll up the sleeves of a boyfriend cardigan and wear a thick watch to bring attention to the wrists. Or slightly roll the sleeves of a long tee shirt and wear no bracelets or rings for simplicity. Invest in a great pair of cigarette pants. Not only do these pants offer a peekaboo ankle, they lengthen your legs and look great with any shoe from a brogue to a ballet flat to a pump. J. Crew makes a great version, the Minnie Pant, which I am obsessed with, or the Café Capri, which comes in a variety of colors and cool patterns. Gap also makes a perfect fit skinny ankle pant in black. This style is great all season long from summer soirees by the pool to bouncing around Central Park in the fall. Finally, treat yourself to a boatneck. Layer a sailor shirt over a white oxford. Wear gowns and cocktail dresses with that classic Jackie O boatneck neckline. This style is universally flattering, and of course, adds a hint of sexy to a classic feminine silhouette.


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