How to Modernize a Ladylike Silhouette with a Graphic Sweater

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Ladylike looks are often fussy and decidedly non-contemporary, especially when it comes to a vintage silhouette like a fifties-inspired full skirt with a fitted sweater. But with longer hemlines making a comeback, a more demure and feminine look suddenly feels fresh and new. Take this street style photo above, of a woman wearing a canary yellow a-line skirt with a black and white short-sleeve knit —  it could be from the first season of Mad Men were it not for the vivid colors offset by minimal accessories. To try this look yourself, choose a sweater that includes graphic detailing, whether its squares, stripes, or diamonds. Then add a full, midi-length bottom in a rich yellow, green, or even a moody navy blue. Finish off with a structured bag and white heels for a look that's equally as great for the office as it would be for a fancy lunch. Click ahead to see three ways to recreate the outfit at every price-point.

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