How to Be Girly and More Feminine

Updated on March 14, 2016

How can you be girly? The answer involves embracing the typical girly girl and feminine image.

This includes wearing the right clothes, obsessing over makeup and beauty, and doing all the other girly stuff that you possibly can.

From tips on your wardrobe and accessories to tips on how you can behave, this post is the ultimate guide on how you can be more feminine and become a complete girly girl.

Clothes, Makeup, Looks, Beauty and More

1. Use Makeup and Cosmetic Products

Call it stereotypical, or call it just another image that is a result of popular culture, it is undeniable that a girly girl never leaves the house without dabbing on some makeup or having a go with a cosmetic product.

Lip gloss, foundation, eyeliner, mascara and powder are a few basic makeup items that you may also want to carry in your handbag. Anything that helps you look more feminine is welcome and makeup definitely ticks this box.

Whether you are stepping out in your leggings to buy groceries at the supermarket or hanging out with friends at the mall, give a quick look in the mirror and indulge in the ultimate girly girl activity.

2. Facial or Body Hair Is a No-No

Facial or body hair are an absolute no-no. It may be impractical to be spotlessly clean every single day but do everything it takes to mask unwanted facial or body hair.

From brows to lips to arms to legs, become a girly girl by being hair free or at least looking the part. Tweeze, epilate, wax or shave—do what you have to because facial and body hair can turn men off too.

3. Girly Stuff: Paying Attention to Nails, Hair, Skin and Everything Else

The image of a girly girl is incomplete without the pretty lady obsessing over her nails, hair, skin, lips and other beauty-related aspects of her body.

Pay more attention to the nail color you wear, keep your skin moisturized all the time, style your hair just the way you want and look at all the other minute details that contribute to your overall look and make you feel sexy.

For example, don't be shy of experimenting with bright and peppy colors for your nails. Don't back out from plunging into the latest hairstyles. Don't ignore dabbing away a spot of acne from your skin with some light powder.

4. Wear Girly Clothes: Bright and Peppy, Skinny and Light

From short skirts to tight leggings to skinny jeans to hot pants to frilly tops to shrugs to frocks, fill your wardrobe with clothes that are typically girly and feminine.

A couple of pairs of skin-tight leggings are a must for a quick visit to the mall while skinny denims are a must for a peppy look while going to the movies. A bright bikini is a must for a sunny day at the beach while a short skirt is a must for a fun date or outing. A black dress is a must for formal evenings while an oversized shirt is a must for those lazy Sunday mornings.

Bright and girly colors like pink, lavender, yellow, lime green, shades of orange, blue, mustard, and red scream femininity. Unless you are looking for evening or formal wear, avoid dark shades like navy blue, black, burgundy or brown since these are typically a must-have in a man's wardrobe.

5) Carry a Clutch or a Tote Bag Instead of Backpacks

Regardless of whether you need a bag to carry your books from the dorm to class or you want to take a few things for work, to be girly and more feminine you will have to ditch the backpack for a tote bag or a clutch.

Avoid manly looking satchels and briefcases. Unless you are traveling, replace your backpack or duffle bag with a chic tote or a womanly handbag.

6. Avoid Wearing Flats: Girly Girls Like Their Heels

Wearing heels can give your height a boost, lift your torso and accentuate your body lines in all the right places. To look more girly, heels are possibly your best friend.

If you can't handle stilettos or are used to wearing flat-soled converse-type shoes, start by wearing heels that are just an inch high. Even an inch can add definition to your legs if you step out wearing skinny jeans.

7. Wear Accessories or Jewelry: Girly Pink Is a Must

It is difficult to form an image of a girly girl without her wearing a fashion accessory or a piece of jewelry, like bracelets, necklaces, rings, scarves, brooches, pins, wrist bands, colored pantyhose, earrings, bangles, sunglasses, ornamental watches and lots more.

There is a whole heap of accessories that you can choose to complement your style and personality.

You should even have a separate jewelry box where you can carefully store your jewelry.

Apart from these, incorporate girly colors in stuff that you use all the time. For example, buy a pink cover for your iPhone or get yourself a bright patterned handbag.

8. Use Mild Floral and Fruity Fragrances

There are certain fragrances that are traditionally associated with men and women. For example musk is a strong note in men's perfumes whereas tea lavender, tree oil, chamomile, orange zest and sea-buckthorn are common notes in feminine fragrances.

Stay away from fragrances with a raunchy, masculine smell. Stay true to your feminine self and put on sprays with light, fruity or flowery notes.

Behavior, Body Language, Attitude and More

9. Sit Like a Woman: Legs Crossed or Knees Close With a Straight Back

One of the classic traits of a girly girl is that she sits with her legs crossed. Women who sit with their legs wide apart may not appear as feminine as those who tactfully cross their legs. It is more womanly and it feels sexier and much more graceful.

There are many advantages of sitting with your legs crossed. It can make a woman's figure look more curvaceous and can protect a girl's modesty when she wears miniskirts and short dresses.

10. Play With Your Hair: Twirl and Wriggle

The ultimate image of a girly girl is not complete without a pretty lady sitting by herself while she twirls her hair. Playing with hair is a quintessential feminine and girly trait which basically conveys that a girl is fragile and sensitive yet very beautiful.

Simply twirl your locks with your fingers or maybe even sweep your hair from one shoulder to another. This is one way to look girly without putting in much effort at all.

11. Shield Yourself From the Elements: Saying No to Harsh Weather

Wear gloves and mufflers in winter to shield yourself from the icy cold breeze or pull out all the stops to keep from getting wet when it drizzles so your makeup does not get ruined.

Do all it takes to shield yourself from the elements because a girly girl isn't typically expected to rough out the weather.

Movies have classically portrayed men giving their lady love their jackets when it is cold or sharing umbrellas when it is raining. So if you find yourself in a situation where natural elements are harming your feminine appeal, feel free to run for cover.

Use gloves, mufflers, womanly hats, brollies and other classic feminine accessories to shield yourself from the elements to appear concerned about your appearance.

12. Girly Stuff: Don't Shy Away From Gossip

Gossip, whether it is in the school yard, dorm room or at the coffee machine in an office, is typically seen as a girly thing to do. Blame this image on your favorite TV shows but girly girls are not expected to shy away from a round of gossip.

Even if gossiping does not come to you naturally, don't back out of a gossip-like conversation started by someone else.

13. Girly Girls Steer Away From Dirt and Filth

Do you scream eww when you see something gross? Does a yucky expression cross your face when you walk past a messy house on your street?

Do you hate people who score low on hygiene and cleanliness? If you have been nodding, you are possibly a girly girl already.

One of femininity's essential characteristics is that it makes women feel gross at the sight of anything dirty, unhygienic or filthy. So whether it is a dirty bathroom or messy sheets, say no.

14. Being Feminine: Avoid Swearing Excessively

In typical social environments, the epitome of femininity is to not use swear words in every other sentence. Popular culture does not associate women with abusive language.

Feel free to speak your heart all the time but think before you use swear words in front of others and especially in typical environments like offices and workplaces.

15. Don't Be Seen Guzzling Beer, Hogging Food, or Picking Fights

You may have to put effort in constructing a feminine image while doing things that may typically be associated with the traditional image of masculinity. A beautiful damsel is not typically seen chugging away on a pint of beer or chomping on a big piece of meat.

Being girly should not stop you from doing what you like. If you are a beer lover, you may want to tone it down a bit by pulling all the stops to bring out your feminine side while you make the art of drinking beer look more sexy.

If you really want to play it safe, pick up a glass of red or a peppy cocktail instead. Apply similar logic to all other activities that are generally considered macho.

16. Read Women's Magazines

To truly become girly you will need to tune in to the latest style, fashion, relationships, dating trends and more.

There are little better ways to do this than by subscribing to some of the top women's magazines and flipping through one glossy page after another.

Keep yourself up-to-date with all the latest celebrity gossip, style tips and hot fashion trends for the season.

17. Be Expressive: Allow Your Body Language to Show Emotion

A girl's smile can say a lot about how she is feeling. For reasons that cannot be explained, a smiling girl sends out the message that she is approachable and friendly—just the characteristics you need to display.

Use all the other assets in your bucket of expressions including your eyes to convey your mood, making the way you walk look more sexy to impress someone or the quirky one-sided smile to let others know that you like or dislike something. Don't hold back on your expressive self.

18. Carry a Girly Attitude

Your attitude and personality make you special. To give it a girly tweak, be a girl who is romantic, occasionally moody, bubbly, easy to console, seemingly innocent, sometimes vulnerable, and nice to others.

A girly girl also knows exactly the people who she should hang out with and the type of people to stay away from, so she chooses her friends carefully.

Don't go overboard with the attitude but remember to let your inner feminine side shine through all the time.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers


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        New girl from the block 

        9 days ago

        I don't know how to handle it I like a boy but he is dating a girl and we're only in 5th graders

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        13 days ago

        Listen up girls, don’t let what people say change the way you’re acting. Growing up I was both girly and also loved hanging out with the boys that were drama free & could do cool “boyish” things with like fix cars and race. Be who you are. I’m 36 now and no article nor any person could ever change who I am or who I’m meant to be. You’re just figuring out who you are and who you want to be, but take my word of advice... you’ll evolve almost every minute, just enjoy and embrace your individuality. Fake people are miserable!!! Be yourself, but be clean and hygienic. It’s pains me to see so many young girls lost. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself.

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        4 weeks ago

        @Zaydaalexis02 be your self queen

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        6 weeks ago

        well i am a tomeboy sooo i really dont like pink can anyone help me bc i like this guy but idk if he likes me ?

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        2 months ago

        to be honest, I've been doing all these things since I was born, I literally just spent my arvo doing my nails at a nail place and got my hair cut. (:

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        girly girl123 

        2 months ago

        im deffinitly a girly girl

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        3 months ago

        I searched this up just because someone said they thought i was a guy when they first looked at me, but I'm not changing that I hate pink and have terrible posture and hate gossip, and neither should you!! (unless its for like a play or something) so be true to yourself and if someone thinks your a guy and judges you about it then your too good for them girl!!! and this whole article is sexist

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        3 months ago

        i would never have searched this up. but i was downsatirs and i heard my sister upstairs talking to her friend about how i was a tomboy and how i never like to wear dresses.

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        a stranger 

        4 months ago

        What's wrong with body hair? I love my fuzzy legs.

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        Pink cup cake 

        5 months ago

        I need this for a play I need to act girly!

        Thank you so much.

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        5 months ago

        All the things you said I already do but thx for sharing bye.

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        5 months ago

        i get told im not good enough for being a mistake of a girl cuz i act like a boy :c thx alot and ill start doing some of these but im not quitting rugby

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        6 months ago

        I LOVE THIS SOOOO MUCH!! This is really really helpful

        Thanks a lot :-)

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        6 months ago

        only came here cause i have to be girly for a play , thanks .

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        8 months ago

        What about creating a girly space?

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        10 months ago

        im actually a tomboy but my friend dared me to become a girly girl and I never brake dare but how do girly girlztalk

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        11 months ago

        I was literally shaking my head no to all of these points, I guess it's gonna take a lot of work but I doubt that I will become a girly person because it would just be boring..........

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        12 months ago

        This is all great Info. but I think I'm gonna start doing this in a month because I have got to buy a whole lot of new clothes ( which I love doing ( Obvi ) but it still cost's money ( which is a lot of HARD work) see ya :)

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        12 months ago

        Omg with this I'll be a new person in no time!

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        13 months ago

        amaze info #allreadyactinglikeagirl

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        13 months ago

        Thank you so much I get judged all the time at school because I wear pants and a sweatshirt and don’t care about makeup and don’t do my hair I just put it in a ponytail and I get called bisexual sometimes because I don’t wear pink and makeup and do my hair and don’t act girly

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        Chloe Leopard 

        13 months ago

        Like OMG!

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        Shweta pawar 

        13 months ago

        What?I hate pink colour I am not gonna wear anything pink

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        A girl 

        14 months ago

        Thank you so much, this will help me a lot. My parents are thinking im bisexual, or lesbian because i dont act girly. Thank you! This will help me a lot

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        16 months ago

        Such good advice will help

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        rebekah ruffles 

        16 months ago from boston

        such good advice on how to be girly, i loved reading all the ideas and thinking on how i can improve on and add to what i do already.

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        16 months ago

        you should really add sassy to your mix

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        16 months ago

        This is all good tips but they forgot one thing being sasy

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        17 months ago

        I know how now

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        17 months ago

        Thanks all the steps are easy and wonderfully made but I don't like what you said about gossiping I don't like to gossip so if you can remove it it would be better

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        17 months ago

        I am a compliant and total tomboy I'd roll in mud.I hate pink, and I mean look at my name (Boy name). and the whole body hair thing why just why Don't all girls shave. Sorry If I was ranting a littlee bit.

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        18 months ago

        ill try my best to do this stuff

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        Not telling my name 

        19 months ago

        Trust me I've been doing all this stuff since I was in diapers

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        JAne Golden 

        19 months ago

        this is actually good stuff

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        19 months ago

        Thanks im going to try this.

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        19 months ago

        I am just starting my transition and feeling so much better about my feminine self. Some of these tips are really helpful. I feel so pretty wearing a cute tunic dress and tights, and of course sexy lingerie underneath. I wish I had come out as trans years ago, but I guess it's never too late to start. I love feeling girly!

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        20 months ago

        I love to wear pretty dresses like a 6-7 and my cousin dress is very pretty I feel company sending it in I love them more than anything too makes me feel good when you but you were nice pretty dress with no stockings beautiful panties

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        20 months ago

        i need to be a girly girl right now in a month at least thats my goal.

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        21 months ago

        I do feel feminine like a woman my buddy feel beautiful I don't care if anybody says I feel like a beautiful woman

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        Its Kare 

        21 months ago

        Uhm well I'm girly, but not extremly girl but thanks for the info

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        21 months ago

        This is a horrible example,this teaches you not to be yourself while bring girly but to talk about people and change yourself for others. Just because you're girly doesn't mean you have to constantly be cleaning yourself up and stay away from mud or puddles!

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        22 months ago

        I'm trying to be more girly I've been single for a long time because the guys I talked to only seen me as a homeboy,I even seen myself looking a mess I just want to change for myself and feel pretty

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        emala jiss 

        22 months ago

        thanks for letting me be girly girl

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        22 months ago

        I'm trying to be more feminine and girly but I have a hard time making new friends and I'm not too fond of showing my emotions all the time. Any advice for me?

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        22 months ago

        this is confusing


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