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5 Modern Shabby Yet Chic Styles


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Feminine Frills
Sienna Miller demonstrates some of the principles of shabby chic dressing:  muted colors, ruching and retro styling.
Sienna Miller demonstrates some of the principles of shabby chic dressing: muted colors, ruching and retro styling.
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Flirty touches like smocking, ruching or tucking lend a romantic appeal to a simple skirt or dress, allowing them to drape beautifully over the body without clinging to every curve. Choose blouses with delicate ribbon ties at the neckline, or give dresses and cardigans structure by adding a soft ribbon belt tied in a bow.

Ruffled pieces also play an important role in this style, from layers of ruffles on a skirt or dress to simple ruffled details at the sleeves or bodice. Lace detailing at the neckline or sleeves lends a sweet, romantic look that's elegant and feminine.

Look for vintage pieces with lace collars, or skirts adorned with ribbons of organza and lace for the ultimate in shabby, feminine frills.


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