LADYLIKE

Acting or even dressing 'like a lady' is a construct that runs deep. But come to think of it, there is something inherently flawed in the term. It suggests that which is suitable to and expected of a lady, i.e. delicacy and decorum. But as the role of women in society has evolved, so too has our understanding of what or even how a woman should be, act and even dress. As a result, the paradigm for the term ladylike must shift from what is appropriate (as prescribed by men) to what befits women in all their diversity and complexity. 

 

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Being polite, graceful and respectable are qualities that should not be expected by virtue of gender. Removed from the traditional norms of propriety and femininity, conducting oneself like a lady strikes me as being fiercely strong not lacking in strength or virility; elegant not fastidious and above all, true to self. So whether you are a tomboy or a girls girl, a jeans and tee girl or a pleats and frills girl, own it. And if like me you don't quite fit in this binary, then go ahead and mix it up - prim pleats and tough leather never looked so good. 

 

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LEATHER JACKET: SANDRO (SIMILAR HERE) - JUMPER: H&M - BELT: STEFANEL (VINTAGE) - PLEATED SKIRT: H&M (SIMILAR HERE) - BAG: ZARA (SIMILAR HERE) - SHOES: LES TRANSLUCIDES (SIMILAR HERE) - SUNGLASSES: ACNE STUDIOS