Channel the eternal style of such Hollywood fashion icons as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn this season with the addition of ladylike looks to your fall fashion wardrobe.
Bows, ruffles, lace and sequins are just a few of the delicate details that are saying, "yes, ma'am," this season. The Mad Men inspiration continues, too, with cinched waists, lower hemlines, higher necklines, bow-tie blouses and pleats making their way into everyday office attire.
Pair a classic piece with an au courant accessory, such as a great pair of snakeskin boots or a faux fur-embellished bag, and you'll be one well-dressed dame this fall.
On the heels of a resurgence this past spring, this feminine trend carries over into fall with darker, retro floral patterns in rich colors like burgundy and crimson. A floral-print skirt paired with a tucked-in cardigan, black tights and chunky heeled platform pumps makes for a stylish and sophisticated fall look. Floral skirt in purple print, $32.94, Old Navy.
A la Chanel, the quilted handbag is about the classiest accessory that you can carry this fall. An easy way to cover two trends at once? Go bold with a jewel-toned bag. Urban Expressions the Natalie Bag in red, $46; Urban Expressions the Tristan Bag in patent purple, $55, both from Flirt Boutique.
Seen on the likes of Mad Men's Joan Holloway and Glee's Emma Pillsbury, the always feminine bow blouse has transcended decades with its classic silhouette and bow-tie neck. Paired with a pair of high-waisted tweed trousers or a pencil skirt, this elegant trend makes any outfit look beautifully polished. Dots Within Blouse, $118, Anthropologie.
Embellished with everything from pearls and gemstones to bows and sequins, opulent flats are a great ladylike alternative to sky-high heels for fashion gals who yearn for chic comfort. When worn with basic tights, a pleated skirt and a scoop-neck cashmere sweater, embellished flats complete the look for the early days of fall. Antonio Melani "Fleur" flats, $79.99, Dillard's.
Call it the "Kate Middleton effect." As seen on the runways at Jason Wu, Elie Saab and Dolce & Gabbana, this season's modern lace is a mixture of girlish romance and subtle sex appeal. No longer considered a fabric that is stuffy and demure, lace can strike the right balance of sweet and sultry in the form of a playful shift dress. Straight-cut lace dress, $34.95, H&M.
Take a style cue from June Cleaver and accent your look with a modern take on the always classic pearl necklace. Whether worn in strands or with gold accents, these statement pieces are sure to be stylish all season long. From left: Merrick Jewels large gold ball necklace, $185; Elton Hall single-strand pearl necklace, $400; Elton Hall multi-strand pearls with vermeil, $300. All necklaces from Prim & Proper.