When it comes to personal style, I wouldn’t say that I dress particularly girly. I can’t stand the colour pink, don’t own any floral, bows or frills, wouldn’t be caught dead in strappy high heels and am not one for using the words ‘cute’ or ‘adorable’ to describe clothing.
However, there are ways around incorporating girly colours and styles in your outfit without looking like a contestant on Beauty on the Geek. So let’s do this..
Introducing the colour pink
If you’re new to this (so am I, let’s hold hands, it’s going to be okay), the key to pulling off a non-girly pink is to wear the colour on shapes that aren’t typically girly. Think oversized, baggy, masculine. The sweet spot will be the juxtaposition of wearing a super girly colour on masculine shapes. In terms of colours, go for a soft pastel pink – but make sure you try before you buy. Different shades of pink will look different against different skin tones. Don’t buy online. Also, avoid fluro pink at all costs, fluorescents started going out several seasons ago and are now only still in the market as sportswear trims.
One brand doing it right is Melbourne based Witu. Ranging from apparel to accessories, Witu’s products are made entirely of neoprene and their latest collection features a perfect shade of pale violet. Definitely worth a look!
It’s all about balance. Florals are a really girly yardage, and to make sure your outfit doesn’t look like the first day of Spring on crack, they need to be balanced with non girly shapes, colours and accessories.
My favourite example is the picture below. A floral pencil skirt can easily turn really feminine and soft, but when worn back with an oversized denim jacket and blue mules, the entire look has a balance of masculine and feminine and works perfectly!
If you’re having difficulty finding a floral print that meets your standards, have a look at Country Road‘s leaf print story – It’s a great ‘gateway’ floral, and won’t break the bank incase you decide florals aren’t your thing.
Dresses & Skirts
Dresses and Skirts are about as girly as you can get, and even if you’re not girly-girl, there’s no way you’re getting through a 45degree Melbourne summer without a few of these in rotation. To tone down the feminine factor, don’t go for floral dresses, figure hugging shapes, or bubbly colours. Black and white for dresses is really all you need – the dress will bring enough felinity to the outfit on its on. Style up a dress with more masculine garments to create a balanced look – sneakers, jackets, caps, backpacks.
If you’re after a good, simple black or white dress for Spring/Summer, take a look at Bassike – their dresses are great, clean basics (excuse the pun) which are great for either warm or cool weather.