Modern Romance: Flirty Fashion and Beauty Looks for Spring

Girlie-girl style with an edge is this season's hottest trend.

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Leather and Lace


Create a less formal (more fun!) take on a dressier style, left, with neon-pink shoes and belt. Or try an unexpected combo, right, like a sporty moto jacket over a tiered tank dress.

(Left) Dress ($248) and belt ($30), Ann Taylor, Earrings (worn as bracelets), Lee Angel,, $135. Shoes, Versace for H&M, for store locations, $129. (Right) Jacket, Kenneth Cole New York, Nordstrom, $450. Dress, Ali Ro, Neiman Marcus, $345. Shoes, Loft, Loft stores and, $128.

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Love at First Sight


Talk about the long and short of it—a unique hemline makes this gossamer floral dress ideal for day or night.

Dress, Zara,, $100. Necklace, Target, select Target stores and, $30. Bracelet, Ted Rossi,, $148. Shoes, Talbots, Talbots stores and, $139.

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Positively Pink


This spring, a rosy outlook is a must. Define lips with a nude liner, then swipe on a creamy matte lipstick—we love Chanel's Rouge Allure Velvet—for a smooth finish. Make pout appear fuller with an extra dab or two on the center of the lower lip.

Top, H&M,, $25.

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Pretty Women


Partner a peplum top, left, in saffron (the color of the moment) with faux-leather leggings and the style is so right now. A demure chemise, right, gets a shot of adrenaline when wildly floral tights and strappy stilettos are in the mix.

(Left) Top, Jason Wu for Target, select Target stores and, $33. Pants, H&M, for store locations, $199. Belt, C. Wonder,, $38. Bracelets, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-1248, (top to bottom) $65, $75, $55. Shoes, Rebecca Taylor, 212-243-2600 for locations, $350. (Right) Dress, H&M, for store locations, $40. Necklace, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-1248 to purchase, $65. Tights, stylist's own. Shoes, Colin Stuart for Victoria's Secret Catalogue, Victoria's Secret Catalogue, 800-888-8200 and, $98.

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Enchanted Evening


Hothouse blooms in deep red and hot pink give these ankle pants an exotic vibe. A sexy one-shoulder top in black streamlines the look.

Top, Michael Michael Kors, 866-709-KORS for locations, $89.50. Pants, Talbots, Talbots stores and, $79.50. Bracelets, Ted Rossi,, (top to bottom), $148, $298. Clutch, Jason Wu for Target, select Target stores and, $30. Shoes, Loft, Loft stores, and, $79.50.

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Bright Eyed


Go bold on the upper lid with one of the season's hottest hues. Here, the sea-green shadow really pops when combined with white liner along the lower lash line. Finish with several coats of black mascara.

Top, Hanky Panky,, $43.

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Royal Flush


Create a pretty glow with powder blush that mixes peach and pink tones. Keep it soft and feminine with mauve lips and a little metallic highlighter on inner corners of eyes.

Dress, Simply Vera Vera Wang,, $58.

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Sweet Mates


News flash: Suits need not match. Layering a leather vest, left, over a lace top and skirt feels completely modern. A delicate eyelet jacket, right, paired with a pencil skirt is sleek.

(Left) Top, Zara,, $60. Vest, H&M, for store locations, $199. Skirt, Yoana Baraschi,, $205. White bracelets, Ted Rossi,, $118 each. Silver bracelet, stylist's own. (Right) Jacket ($148) and skirt ($78), White House Black Market, White House Black Market boutiques and Pink Bracelets, R.J. Graziano, 212-685-1248, $25 each. White bracelet, Ben-Amun,, $25. Bag, Allibelle,, $125.

Originally published in the March 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.