The Fuss Over Frills

5 Ways to play up your power through femme fashion

fuss over frills

Words: Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha | Photography: Steve Marais | Styling: Akim Jardine

Power dressing is usually characterised by androgynous looks that are borrowed from the boys and muted tones, while we can respect that there is a place and time for that, we’re loving the current emphasis on seeing the power in delicate forms. Picking up steam from last season’s luxe bohemian look, the femme aesthetic is the new season way to finesse the girl boss look. Think soft fabrication, bright hues, silhouettes that skim the hip, midi lengths; we have rounded up five ways in which you can stand stylishly head and shoulders above the rest by playing up your feminine side...

Start with soft tailoring

Soft tailoring

Denoted by pastels, dainty finishes and languid fits, inspired by Celine SS18’s deconstructed suiting for the modern woman about her business. Soft tailoring is about being confident with ease, comfort, so it’s best styled with flat slip ons, mules or kitten heels

Be bold in moody florals

Dark florals

Alluring, with a dark air about them, moody florals are an unmistakable statement in their combination of softness and toughness. Opt for bigger blooms that won’t get lost in the base colour and wear with block heels and dark sunnies for a black widow type of look.

Go over the top

Ruffle tops

Something about the drama of lacy tops with exaggerated ruffles gives you a convincing impression of confidence. Create a contrast with ankle length trousers or plisse skirt for an easy look of elegance.

Don’t forget the frill


Coming through with the quintessential feminine flair, frills are fun way to command attention and turn heads. Go for them in bold brights and tone the look down with espadrilles or sandals. Pick platforms if being low-key is not your portion, we are here for an unshrinking Queen.

Look pretty in prairie dresses

Prairie floral dresses

The bohemian look’s understated cousin, prairie dressing is more about the mood than a fashion moment. Whether you bump up the attitude by pairing the dress with bright sneakers or go with the espadrille flow, there is a persistent demure temperament that comes through the tiny floral prints and applique fabrication.

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