Everyone's feeling a little bit romantic right now—style-wise, that is.
The romantic fashion trend is all about softness, femininity, lush textures, and a hint of vintage-inspired pieces. It's less about tailoring, structure, and graphics, and more about embracing ruffles, tulle, and lace as an official way of life. Keep reading for a primer on romantic style clothing and the key pieces that will bring a touch of whimsy to your closet.
Romantic style tops
As one of the most versatile statement blouses, the bell-sleeve is both flattering and unique. Style it with a floor-length maxi skirt for an ultra-pretty look. Long, flowing flared sleeves are especially elegant on those with a short torso, since the bell-shape elongates the body.
This stalwart of summer style, recalls beautiful, romantic Victorian silhouettes. Keep it volume-heavy on top, then pair the puff with a slimmer, tighter bottom such as a pencil skirt or skinny pants. A smart choice if you like a bit of extra skin coverage, this looks good on every body type.
Lace fabric is one of the easiest forays into romantic style clothing. Choose from camis in neutral color palettes or dark long-sleeve options that reveal a hint of skin. You can style this wardrobe essential in layers under a chunky knit or light-colored blazer. Lace works especially well for night-time events when you want to infuse a gentle touch of sophistication.
Made for lazy summer days, crochet will transition winsomely from a morning at the beach to an afternoon picnic to late-night cocktails with friends. Choose a cream-colored crochet bralette to wear under an oversized cardigan or a button-down.
Bows add a hint of amour to any outfit. Whether it's one that ties around the back of your neck on a halter or big one centered on the neckline of a top, bows can't help but make you look sweet and cute. You can even style them for a more corporate look—just be sure to seek out sturdy, work-appropriate fabrics such as cotton poplin.
A colorful cardigan, whether done in crochet or covered in a floral print, is a great option to wear over bubbly dresses and pretty tops. It adds another layer of whimsy and texture.
Romantic dress styles
This flowing frock is both glamorous and romantic. Let your ruffles shine and put the focus on the dress by styling it with kitten heels for subtle, breezy elegance. A blazer or moto jacket over the top will imbue the look with a bit of edge, while also warding off chilly evening breezes.
With its exaggerated silhouette that's tight on top and flows loosely below the bust, the babydoll is the perfect union of romance and fun. It goes well with pastel, chunky sandals and bare legs for the weekend, or, for work, don a pair of cool pants or bike shorts for added coverage.
Off-the shoulder floral dress
Few things are flirtier than an off-the-shoulder dress in a floral print. Wear it seaside with flat sandals or to the office with a crochet cardigan. Keep things minimal with tiny, delicate jewelry.
Intrinsically young and feminine at heart, the yoke-top dress usually has a defined neckline or upper, often embellished in lace or crochet. Easy to wear, it works a treat with a lightweight shawl for afternoon strolls in the park, impromptu coffee dates, or bookshop browsing.
Dresses that define the waist, especially a little lower around the hips, feel extra romantic because they recall 1920s flapper style. A great solution for steamy summer days, wear your drop-waist dress with a strand of pearls during the 9-to-5, and with a sun hat come weekend. Because it creates the illusion of lengthening the body, this dress style is complimentary for all shapes.
Adding a hint of whimsy to skirts, shorts, and pants, paper-bag waists are also super comfortable. Wear them with a high-neck, lace blouse or bow top for a refined summer look.
Exuding major ballerina vibes, a tulle skirt adds romance to any outfit. Let the skirt be the star and choose something simple on top, like a white tank or cropped tee. Hint: The longer the length, the bigger the drama.
White has been trending all summer, and a white skirt feels particularly light and ethereal. Add one to your closet for maximum versatility—dress it down for a casual affair like an ice-cream date, or dress it up to impress at a networking event.
Pastel pants, shorts, and skirts
One of the easiest ways to pull off the current pastel obsession is with pants, shorts, or skirts, which instantly soften an ensemble with a wash of light color. Choose a neutral white top to keep things easygoing. The other great thing about pastels? They naturally make your skin glow.
Floor-length maxi skirts
A maxi skirt sings romance—and it goes with almost anything. Put it together with a pretty blouse and you're set for a garden party, dance night, or a keynote speech. A heel will add proportional height.
Romantic style accessories
Go for a headband for extra height and padding to get that sweet, feminine look. This easy finishing touch can be added to any romantic look.
If you're trying out this enchanting aesthetic, a lightweight scarf is your best friend. You can wrap it around your shoulders to combat the chilly AC, wear it in your hair as a wrap or to secure a ponytail, or gently sling it around your neck.
Stilettos and other extreme heels can look harsh against the light colors and softness of a romantic outfit. Opt for kitten heels instead, which add a little bit of height and a slightly vintage look.
Wear neutral sandals with everything. Whether in light brown, nude, or dark tan, they help ground the amorous style.
Romantic style color palettes and prints
Keep things effortless with pastels—soft shades of pink, orange, blue, green, and yellow feel modern yet girly.
A neutral color palette is the perfect base for indulgent romantic fashion—choosing a ruffled dress or lace blouse in a neutral hue makes it all the more wearable.
When in doubt, don all white. It's a classic summer look, but it also works wonderfully with semi-Victorian styles such as puff- or bell-shaped sleeves.
Various tints of pink will always feel ladylike and dainty. The softer the color, the more romantic the style will feel. Seek out rose-colored lace, salmon-hued dresses, and cotton-candy tinged babydoll dresses.
A beautiful floral print instantly brings a little bit of flirtation into your wardrobe. Smaller floral prints feel soft and graceful, while larger iterations bring a spirited sense of drama.