Warm, fuzzy feelings are kindled by soft, flowing fabrics. Think georgettes, silks and chiffons. It is amazing how a little ruffle here and there elicits the protective instinct. Leave the slick, structured, power shapes for another time. (Mood killers.)
|Magenta chiffon dress,|
tiny ruffle and lace detail on shoulders
Don't believe in the psychology of clothes? A few chilly days ago, I put on a vintage coat straight out of a Hitchcock film. The gallantry surprised me. Doors were held open. Even the barrista at Peet's Coffee etched a foam heart on my cappuccino.
|Soft fur, wrists peeking out of 3/4 sleeves|
lend femininity to this vintage coat
Of course, if "helpless" isn't your thing, finish it off with vampier details. A black, over-the-knee boot sends a strong message, as does a wide, leather belt for a more body-conscious silhouette. Honesty is preferable to the old bait-and-switch.
If you are past the romancing stage, go full steam ahead on the sultry and glamorous looks.