The article is about how to look feminine and how to determine the portion of femininity you need.
Femininity is not given at the birth. It is an aggregate of feminine behavior, feminine senses and emotions and of course, feminine style in clothes. If in the remote past clothes for men and women differed radically, in our time «unisex» rules the world, it is sometimes complex to distinguish girls and boys and even borderlines between men’s and women’s behavior erase. In this article we will try to recall where femininity is, in what subjects of wardrobe, in which cloths, colors, styles it conceals – how correctly one can «dose» femininity in an attire – and to whom it doesn`t suit at all.
Feminine styles in clothes
Vintage and things of a romantic style are assigned to the especially feminine styles. What characterizes them? First, clothes in these styles, as a rule, show women`s silhouette and focus special attention on the waist and breast. Second, flowers or other extraordinary «feminine» patterns are widely used in these styles: polka dot, butterflies, birds, bows, and hearts, non-showy graphics prints are of pastel shades and warm tints. Thirdly, cloths used for these attires are the following: silk, velvet, satin, lace. To the feminine styles one can also assign such a variety of ethnic style as orientalism, in other words, attires containing notes of the East in them. These are tunics embroidered with stones and shiny threads and modest silk dresses, blouses, and skirts with rich east patterns.
From childhood red and pink colors are considered for girls. Which colors women in the adult age would prefer, nevertheless these two colors and their shades unambiguously are femininity ones. In addition, one can assign all pastel shades, brilliant and pearl tints to the feminine colors. Black color can be indisputably assigned to feminine ones in the evening dresses. But in the day sets it will not increase femininity in you. To add you some mystique and passionateness it must be used in certain objects of wardrobe in right time and with the use of feminine cloths.
Feminine versions and subjects of wardrobe
Smoothness of lines and «softness» are intrinsic to feminine silhouette, therefore reglan sleeves, rounded collars, bows, rushes, a jabot, voluminous skirts, and sleeves are used in the versions of feminine clothes, more often buttons and ribbons, but not zippers are used. Who needs and who doesn`t need feminine attires? There is the main rule here: a combination of opposites.
For women with a male type of figure (big shoulders and narrow hips), very thin women with a thin or square face with a short haircut the feminine styles are a panacea! The reglan sleeves will soften angularity of shoulders, the voluminous skirts and the basques will give hips circularity, the jabot and the bows will magnify the breast.
On the contrary, the women with «appetizing» figure, feminine silhouette, figure of the specimen “hourglass”, the plump face, and long voluminous hair should not overdo, striving to show their femininity with the attires. Sweetly is well, too sweetly is bad.
It is recommended to such beauties of romantic appearance to make their femininity slightly «abject» or not to enlarge it at least. They should choose for themselves things of a more courageous style such as a military style, sports, ethnic (besides orientalism), safari, or even of a modestly classical business style.
A little about them…
A business style
The tight business suits aim not to divide workers into men and women, to neutralize almost all visual differences. Therefore the versions of classical women`s business suits are little distinguished from men`s ones. There are the shoulders vividly expressed by the corners, the trousers are straight, the colors – neutral and non-feminine. Only super feminine ladies are able to «withstand» such suits, they can turn the rest of women into sexless creatures.
A military style, gothic, rock
Both these styles are very popular among youth, as they are so overwhelmed with energy, express rebelliousness and a protest. Those things, which sometimes are complex for understanding in society: aggressive accessories and bijoux, somber colors, crude textures, zippers, spikes, buckles, men’s things, massive footwear. Of course, these styles have nothing in pure appearance in common with femininity. They are aimed just at its suppression. For those who like these styles, I will remark, that on the adult people such things look more comically than stylishly if such clothes are not linked to their profession.
A sea style
The sea style is much loved by women. It winnows from it by romance of adventures and freshness of sea, thanks to its minimalism, small amount of colors, and summery mood. But the sea style is the descendant of a species of a uniform, does not therefore have vividly expressed femininity in itself. Due to convenience of «naval» clothes and footwear it is near the sport style in some way.
Ethnic and a hippie
The western ethnic style is a full opposite to orientalism. It includes many natural materials – leather, wood, natural handmade cloths, feathers, rough ashlars, and non-precious metals. Harmony with the nature, comfort are the main tasks of an ethnic style. Unfortunately, comfort is rarely compatible with femininity: It is not easy to stroll across forests on high stilettoes and in a tight dress.
Unlike orientalism, which considered to express beauty and wealth of women and nature through cloths, patterns, and decorations, the western ethnic style with a rare exception can not assign to the feminine style. It is a colorful, but unisex style, like hippie`s style.
A sport style
A sport style is not only sportswear and sports shoes. Convenient things for an active lifestyle treat the sport style. Their fabrics, as a rule, are non-exquisite, but the version is not overburdened with details. Decorations in a sport style get little attention too. The main purpose of things in a sport style: not to hinder movements and to be practical. Precisely the absence of complex details and the refusal o from decorations make a sport style non-feminine even if we take skirts.
Safari and wild West
Films about Indiana Jones and journeys across deserts – that is what comes to mind while thinking about these styles. Again adventures, energy, comfort, and practicality; natural blunt cloths, three-dimensional pockets, wide variants. Attention is not given to beauty and elegance.
On the contrary, it is far more important to arouse boldness in the women for whom the similar lifestyle is interesting.
A skillful combination of feminine and non-feminine styles
As in everything, it is better for femininity to aim at a «golden mean». There is no need to choose completely feminine attires or completely avoid femininity. Flexibility in some preferences and fantasy will help you to create unique and harmonious sets where there will be “neither add nor subtract”. Here are several examples for inspiration. The most widespread combination is a business suit with use of feminine color, a version, decoration, or cloth.
- If there is no strict dress code in your office, this is an excellent option to look presentable and feminine at once.
- A combination of a romanticist style or other feminine styles with a rock – you can read about this in detail in my article “The jackets – «co-dry» is a crude chic”.
- East or vintage things with denim clothes or accessories from other styles
- The military style and lace things (More particularly in my article “We combine «incompatible» in the 21st century).
In short, there are no prohibitions.
The main rule: not to overdo it.
The feminine style is accurately diluted by one «courageous» detail. We make “courageous styles” softer by one “feminine”. The proportion 50/50 can look strange and «quarrelsome», use only separate accents and only if it is necessary.