The Real-Girl Way To Pull Off The Romantic Trend

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From delicate and sweet to racy in lace, spring is looking to all things romantic. While the über-feminine trend is often reserved for girly-girls, the look takes a modern approach with moody iterations, simplified silhouettes and just a skosh of whimsy. Though a plethora of dainty fabrics and soft shades abound, the new romantic proves more versatile than ever when styled with a modern sensibility for the everyday. Ahead, a real-girl take on romance from ethereal and darling to dark and daring.

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So Romantic

Alexander McQueen. Photo: ImaxTree

Garden Party

We know, florals...for spring...groundbreaking. But hear us out: The latest take showcases fresh florets, bolder blossoms and fruit vines to boot with negative space proving key, as seen on the Alexander McQueen runway.

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When translating for the everyday, opt for pieces that feel fresh instead froufrou and style with minimal separates and contrasting accessories (think menswear-inspired oxfords or trend-right mules). Sport against a natural beauty look for uncomplicated cool.

Hortensia Gathered Silk Dress

$475

Topshop Unique

Snow Pencil Skirt

$1,290

Brock Collection

Flower Print Satin Blouse

$905

Gucci

Proenza Schouler. Photo: ImaxTree

Fresh Frills

Even die-hard minimalists can dance with romance, as proven by the Proenza Schouler runway. With modern tiers that read fresh instead of frilly, ruffles are both elegant and easy.

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Black and white separates work well for this modern take on romantic, done in a variety of textures and silhouettes. Pieces with nuanced detail like raw edges and sleek trims feel fashion-forward, especially against sleek beauty and minimal add-ons.

Bonded Crepe Ruffle Pencil Skirt

$585

Kaelen

Frilled Poplin Top

$50

Zara

Off-The-Shoulder Crepe Mini Dress

$1,250

Proenza Schouler

Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini. Photo: ImaxTree

Poppy And Pink

Poppy and pink read idyllic and sweet in whimsical prints and bold solids. As seen on the Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini runway, feminine cuts and flowing fabrics are utterly enchanting.

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Get your girly on via feminine silhouettes in the requisite shades. Keep the look sexy with strappy heels and delicate jewelry or go the laid-back route with cute flats and fuss-free beauty.

Italian Paneled Skirt

$398

J. Crew

Bridgit Off-The-Shoulder Mini Dress

$345

Rachel Zoe

Floral Mini Dress

$505

Piamita

Givenchy. Photo: ImaxTree

Victorian Lace

Victorian-inspired fashion can skew a tad buttoned up, but recent lacy takes feel sexy and fresh. As seen on the Givenchy runway, sheer separates are a sensual yet sophisticated interpretation of the trend.

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To simplify an otherwise frilly look, style against sleek accessories for modern appeal. From subtle slides to polished platforms, this works best for weekend or date night.

Lace Asymmetrical Skirt

$695

Tibi

High-Neck Embroidered Dress

$1,800

Marc Jacobs

Lace Blouse

$50

H&M

Rodarte. Photo: ImaxTree

Dark Romance

A femme fatale approach to romanticism is über-sexy with added edge factor. As seen at Rodarte, sheer panels with exquisite adornment are ideal for daring style.

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Though moody, this look is incredibly versatile. Transform ornate noir pieces with ease by choosing a chunky boot and loose-fitting topper for off-duty occasions or glam up with a detailed clutch and pumps for dressier affairs.

Lace Pencil Skirt

$100

Mango

Black Guipure Lace Dress

$422

Self-Portrait

Strapless Fringe Track Top

$495

Jonathan Simkhai