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

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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, anntaylor.com. Earrings (worn as bracelets), Lee Angel, leeangel.com, $135. Shoes, Versace for H&M, hm.com for store locations, $129. (Right) Jacket, Kenneth Cole New York, Nordstrom, $450. Dress, Ali Ro, Neiman Marcus, $345. Shoes, Loft, Loft stores and loft.com, $128.


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Love at First Sight

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

Dress, Zara, zara.com, $100. Necklace, Target, select Target stores and target.com, $30. Bracelet, Ted Rossi, tedrossi.com, $148. Shoes, Talbots, Talbots stores and talbots.com, $139.


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Positively Pink

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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, hm.com, $25.


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Pretty Women

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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 target.com, $33. Pants, H&M, hm.com for store locations, $199. Belt, C. Wonder, cwonder.com, $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, hm.com 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 victoriassecret.com, $98.


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Enchanted Evening

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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 talbots.com, $79.50. Bracelets, Ted Rossi, tedrossi.com, (top to bottom), $148, $298. Clutch, Jason Wu for Target, select Target stores and target.com, $30. Shoes, Loft, Loft stores, and loft.com, $79.50.


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Bright Eyed

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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, hankypanky.com, $43.


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Royal Flush

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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, kohls.com, $58.


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Sweet Mates

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