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If you're unfamiliar with the Victoriana trend, it's all about ruffles, high necklines, shirt buttons and neck ties. It's an easy way to add femininity and elegance to any wardrobe (your everyday habit of wearing jeans and a T-shirt won't fly forever) and it can be as significant or as subtle as you'd like. No wonder the historic period had a lasting impression on fashion, right? Clothing circa the Victorian era is going to look so good on you circa right now.
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When you think Victorian, you think Dakota Johnson in this stunning gown. A look like this is really all about the dress (perfect for that wedding you're going to), but don't let that scare you. Play down the outfit by losing the clutch and throwing a leather jacket over your shoulders. A cute, thin belt can also be an option to break up all that material and really bring it in your waistline. Heels are the obvious choice for footwear, but why not put your own spin on it with a cute pair of strappy sandals? Don't be afraid to have it your way.
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If you're unsure whether or not the trend is for you, start with adding something simple to your closet like Chloe Grace Moretz. Pair your Victorian top with sleek, modern pants and your favorite pair of heels—it doesn't have to change your whole look. Feeling it's too menswear-inspired for your taste? A mini skirt is also a great choice if you're looking to add some more flair to your outfit!
You're vacationing on a tropical island and don't want to be so covered up. Easy! Pull a Cate Blanchett and rock a sexier look. The high neckline puts things into perspective, but the see-through pattern lets you in on (Victoria's) secret—a daring black bra. If that's not for you wear a camisole under your dress for the same effect with just a little less skin. Top off your look with one small question: "To tier or not to tier?" Whichever you choose, you'll be the impeccably dressed for dinner (and not to mention incredibly on trend).
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Going for a more youthful Victorian look? Take after Zendaya. Short sleeves make any outfit feel more casual, and small cutouts give off a flirty vibe. With a dress like this, try playing with your hair—a topknot could really elevate this look. Tie it all together with some stylish ballet flats and you'll be ready for anything.
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Are the other outfits feeling a little stiff to you? Opt for something a little more modern and loose-fitting much like Rooney Mara. It's a little more versatile than the rest—perfect for farmer's market strolls, but also appropriate for that blind dinner date you're going on. Dress it up with heels and a clutch or dress is down with sandals and a floppy hat. It's a look that can really follow you anywhere.