Prim and Proper
Posted by on May 7, 2012 | 4:08 pm EST

There’s no other season in the fashion calendar that unintentionally forces women to remember their lady-like personas. After bundling up the past winter, spring seemingly cues in a bevy of utterly feminine garments. From bow-adorned shoes to an excess of lace, spring invites women to forget the boyish looks of winter, and instead channel their prim and polished selves for a look that dazzles with class and sophistication. This is what we love about this season; for it reinforces the inner Marie Antoinette in us that has been swamped by the excess of blazers and warmers the past months. With virtually every designer boasting of soft and delicate garments for spring, Fashion Glamour carefully selected standout pieces that perfectly evoked the idea of refinement and femininity without being utterly fragile.

Mulberry's metallic jacquard dress
Valentino | Embroidered organza top | $1,890

While a little black dress is often the go-to dress of many women when a polished look is in order, this dazzling Mulberry jacquard dress is every bit covetable as well. Although metallic dresses tend to look tacky, the brand was able to strike the perfect balance between fashion-forwardness and simplicity by letting the fabric take center stage. The fuss-free silhouette, pleated neck and gathered waist detail all pitched in to create this unpretentious stunner of a dress.

Valentino's embroidered organza top
Valentino | Embroidered organza top | $1,890

Maximizing the straightforward girlishness of organza, Valentino’s embroidered organza top is a refreshing splash of innocence that made for a wonderfully versatile separate this spring. The floral embroidery lends a sense of romance, which seamlessly coincided with the scalloped sleeves and trims. Whether you wear this tucked in a pencil skirt or over a pair of wide leg pants, this top will surely yield a distinctly fresh, flirty and polished look.

See by Chloé's cotton and silk-blend georgette skirt
See by Chloé | Cotton and silk-blend georgette skirt | $585

Skirts will eternally be a closet staple if one is seeking to assemble a prim-and-proper ensemble. Fashion Glamour plucked out this cotton and silk-blend georgette skirt from See by Chloé for its unmistakable obedience to the womanly aesthetic. We adore the on-trend coral shade that finely depicted the freshness of the season. The extra dash of femininity courtesy of the pleats added volume to the otherwise plain skirt. From a crisp white tank top to a more formal long-sleeved blouse, this demure skirt will yield effortlessly polished looks day in and day out.

Prabal Gurung's wool and silk-blend jacket
Prabal Gurung | Wool and silk-blend jacket | $2,095

The dreariness of winter may be over, but jackets will remain a crucial fashion necessity—whatever the season may be. This wool and silk-blend jacket from Prabal Gurung is both polished and trendy; proving that the right amount of boldness can still look as polished as a black blazer. Evoke the strength in power dressing by pairing this invigorating aqua-hued jacket with a straight leg pants and a simple white top.

Jil Sander's Market textured-leather bag
Jil Sander | Market textured-leather bag | $1,350

Simplicity is often the most treaded path towards a polished look, which is why we’re highlighting Jil Sander’s Market textured-leather bag as the piece to own to embody absolute refinement this spring. Although minimalism isn’t always the go to channel femininity, we think the bag’s pretty aquamarine color coupled with the unobtrusive quality of the bag encapsulated the girlishness that lie in minimalism.

Carven's suede slingbacks
Carven | Suede slingbacks | $595

Bows and ribbons often tend to look more juvenile than ladylike. This wasn’t the case however, with Carven’s suede slingbacks. The chic bow detail on the slingback strap managed to convey a sense of maturity instead of the common mistake of teetering closer towards childishness. The coral suede finish also afforded the right elegance to counter the youthfulness of the bow. For this pair to stand out, wear this with a crisp top and pencil skirt for outright refinement.

Jennifer Meyer\s stackable rings
Jennifer Meyer | Stackable rings | $875

While piling up stacks of bangles, necklaces and rings is often the way many women go about springtime accessorizing, a simple-yet-standout accessory is usually good enough. These Jennifer Meyer stackable rings, comprised of five rings with multiple stones, are an easy ticket to styling perfection. With each ring carrying a stunning stone of diamond, ruby, emerald and turquoise, channeling sophistication starts by slipping this on your finger.

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