5 Eternal Style Lessons Blake Lively Can Teach You

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Whether you’re familiar with her from her Gossip Girl days or more for her entrepreneurial endeavors, Blake Lively has undeniably made quite a name for herself. Today, the starlet turns 28-years-young—and aside from her compounding list of professional accomplishments, one of our favorite facets of Ms. Lively is the fun she has with fashion. From major red carpet moments to off-duty ensembles, her penchant for flattering, feminine pieces holds true across a slew of occasions, proving she possesses a truly innate sense of personal style. To celebrate her birthday, we count five fashionable lessons we’ve learned from the blonde bombshell.

Classic elegance always wins.

Figure-flattering silhouettes, a classic color palette and Old Hollywood hair and makeup are a failsafe combination for an elegant evening-on-the-town ensemble.

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Tuxedo dressing can be feminine.

Juxtaposing structured, tuxedo-inspired pieces with girlish touches (up-to-there slits, sheer detailing, cocktail jewelry, etc) brings a strong air of femininity to the smart look.

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Don't be afraid of volume.

Volume doesn't have to mean you'll drown in a look—by incorporating such details as a nipped waist, midi length and exposed décolleté, the effect is at once avant-garde yet wearable.

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Boho pieces make off-duty dressing easy.

Cascading waves, a floral-printed frock and ankle boots make for an effortlessly on-trend way to navigate errands, coffee runs and the like.

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A smile is your best accessory.

While the rest of your look might be in tact, it's not truly finished without a bright smile.

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