Fashion Feminine By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on August 18, 2008 @ 11:14AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Kevin Sweeney/Time Inc. Digital Studio Feminine 01 of 08 Why We Love It Maria Valentino/MCV Photo Lace to the left of us, ribbons to the right. It's all about ruffles and pleating and bows. Truly romantic without apology. Colors are obviously taken right from the lingerie drawer, though the fabrics are weightier and more street-worthy. How to Wear ItAvoid the icky primness of Victoriana by adding structure—straight-leg pants, a pencil skirt or a coat with clean lines. Tough gloves or killer heels provide a bit of provocation. Even a little is a lot: Counter the sweetness with a ringlet ban, barely there blush, and bold statement jewelry. 02 of 08 Elie Tahari Kevin Sweeney/Time Inc. Digital Studio Silk top, Elie Tahari, $348; at Elie Tahari Collection stores, call 212-334-4441. 03 of 08 Nina Kevin Sweeney/Time Inc. Digital Studio Satin shoes, Nina, $99; visit ninashoes.com. 04 of 08 Walter Kevin Sweeney/Time Inc. Digital Studio Silk chiffon top, Walter, $268; at Saks Fifth Avenue, call 877-551-7257. 05 of 08 Verrieres & Sako Kevin Sweeney/Time Inc. Digital Studio Wool and Lycra skirt, Verrieres amp Sako, $218; buy online at shop.unsungdesigners.com. 06 of 08 Nanette Lepore Kevin Sweeney/Time Inc. Digital Studio Silk blouse, Nanette Lepore, $345; at Saks FifthAvenue, call 877-551-7257. 07 of 08 Guess by Marciano Kevin Sweeney/Time Inc. Digital Studio Polyester blouse, Guess by Marciano, $69; visit guess.com. 08 of 08 Rebecca Taylor Kevin Sweeney/Time Inc. Digital Studio Silk dress ($345) and leather belt($95), Rebecca Taylor; buy online at estore.rebeccataylor.com.