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Photos: Katie Derus| Cardigan: Arden B. | Shirt: Abercrombie (last seen here) | Skirt: Express (similar here) | Booties: Charles David (last seen here and here)| Sunglasses: Van Heusen | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Necklace: Ann Taylor | Bracelets: Ann Taylor, Nordstrom
I love that lace, flowers, and everything ladylike is so on-trend right now. Longer skirts, nipped-in waists, and feminine detailing help a petite girl like me look more grown-up and sophisticated--something I strive to do so that I'm perceived as a competent, professional woman (who just happens to be small) instead of a high school student who shouldn't be taken seriously. The ladylike silhouettes we're seeing everywhere are so flattering on pracetically every size and body type--from the very curvy to the very boyish--that there's no reason not to embrace it. To add a little interest when I wear this trend, I like to add something that has a little menswear vibe to it, like the grandpa-style shawl cardigan I'm wearing in these photos.