Runway to Reality: Get This Ladylike Look From Giles

Liz Doupnik
Runway to Reality: Get This Ladylike Look From Giles
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This summer and for the upcoming seasons, we’re seeing a return to a more overt kind of femininity. Not to be mistaken for showing more skin, these trends pay homage to early 1960s flirtatious silhouettes and girly prints. We were especially struck by the interpretation seen on Giles’ Autumn/Winter 2012-13 runway. While the separates were traditional, tweaks like watercolor prints and high-collared blouses feel refreshingly new.

As much as we would love to snatch up a piece (or five) from the collection, we’re not sure if our credit cards to handle the pressure. With that in mind, we went hunting for more affordable options to echo the same sensibilities without breaking the bank. Here, get a peek at some pieces we found that will help you nail the trend for less.

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The ladylike style is one of the biggest looks of the season. Here, we break down Giles' Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 interpretation of the key direction on an affordable level.

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High collars are cute and look sophisticated without requiring a lot of effort. Enabling you to look both prim and pretty simultaneously.

Twill Shirt, $25.99, at Zara

Cardigans remain to be an ultimate staple regardless if it's winter or steaming hot outside. Here, we love the flirty color and broach detail, which is reminiscent of the early 60s, a key influence for the ladylike trend.

Alice + Olivia Cardigan with Pins, $165, at Shopbop

Try incorporating a large satchel in a nude tone to transition from seasons and from day-to-night.

Edge Paint Satchel, $56, at Topshop

Small details speak volumes with this demure direction. We love small necklaces that accentuate high-collared blouses.

Gold Dust Necklace, $28, at Nasty Gal

A-line skirts at a modest length aren't stuffy this summer, they're leaving more to the imagination.

Diane von Furstenberg Adelia skirt, $192.50, at Shopbop

We're loving these nude Mary Janes that with subtle updates such as the red lining, are refreshingly new.

Gabriella Rocha Dancy, $52.99, at Zappos

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