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Have you ever seen Victoria Beckham with a hair out of place? Neither have I. The same goes for Dita von Teese. Come to think of it, these two ladies aren’t that far off from each other, style-wise. We rarely see Dita during the day so we don’t really have much to compare for her daytime wear, but ‘relaxed clothing’ seems to be a foreign concept for Posh anyway.

Both women favour fitted, tailored garments with a strong 1950s influence. Blouses and high-waisted skirts are the norm, and skirts/dresses are almost uniformly demure and fall below the knee. Both women also make enormous stilettos a staple of their wardrobes (they are both quite petite and the long lines of a high-waisted skirt that falls below the knee can create funny-looking proportions).

Why then, if there are so many style parallels between these women, do I love Dita von Teese’s style but can’t stand Victoria Beckham’s? Ultimately, I think it has to do with the ladies themselves; Dita is a burlesque star and keeps things classy by staying relatively covered up at events. Her subtle yet sexy look works for her because she is mysterious.

Posh, on the other hand, doesn’t do much of anything … including smile … and she lives her life in front of the paparazzi. There isn’t much that’s mysterious about her and when she doesn’t smile, she just looks unfriendly. All of this just goes to show that it’s not just about the clothes you wear; it’s how you wear them that makes for show-stopping style.

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