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10 Cute Coquette Pieces To Get If You're In Your ~*Sweet Girl*~ Era

It's all the ribbons you've been seeing.
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You might not know what it's called, but a scroll through TikTok and e-commerce platforms is a bombardment of girly frills and pink everything. To quickly quell the question marks floating over your head, it's the coquette aesthetic taking the world by storm. If that only raised more queries, here's the long answer to what coquette is.

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What is coquette?

Let's define it with visuals. Coquette is anything with frills, bows, lace, hearts, and ribbons, ideally in pink, but sub-types of the aesthetic have given rise to iterations of the bigger umbrella. It's the influx of bows on clothing, and the abundance of lace and frills in trends nowadays.

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Without any photos, you might think the aforementioned description is akin to Lolita, which originates from Japan. While they have similar elements, the two are distinct and different. Coquette is nothing new exactly and is more a re-emerging style infused with a 2020s sensibility. It celebrates hyper-femininity and embraces girlhood, girlish inclinations, and an obsession with all things pretty and pink—all the while adapting to be wearable, casual, welcoming of the DIY spirit.

Turning to the creative minds of the design and fashion world, one would encounter the works of Sandy Liang and Shushu Tong when gathering inspiration for coquette. A quick skim of Simone Rocha's catalog is a crash course on coquette, and Vivienne Westwood's avant-garde approach takes the aesthetic to the land of dreams.

In terms of dictionary definition, coquette means a woman who flirts, but fashion enthusiasts and Gen Z have redefined coquette to reflect a light-hearted, girly style that revels in romance, punctuated with ribbons in hair and a dash of pearls everywhere. No need to pull out the rizz, we promise.

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If you're still scratching your head, we'll let our picks do the talking. And if you're a little wary of jumping head-first into a trend that might be totally left-field for you, we did our best to include pieces that exude the darling elegance the coquette aesthetic brings without overwhelming you.

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Rubi Heidi Hair Bow (P549)

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Let's start with bows. This bow is meant for your hair, but you could get away with using it on your collar or clipping it to your bag or jeans. A big portion of coquette is modifying clothes or pieces with a ribbon or two, so pinning this on stuff you already own is already a step towards coquette. You can go for any color you'd like, but pink is truly where it's at.

Available on Zalora.

Monki Tote Bag With Ribbons (P899)

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You don't need anything custom-made or theatrical to partake in coquette, and if you want to keep using your trusty tote bag, we totally respect that. Just add a bow. Or two. Or many. This white canvas tote features a generous sprinkling of bows in black—perfect for those who prefer a neutral color palette.

Available on Zalora.

& Other Stories Satin Bow Bag (P4,595)

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But hey, if you're ready to take a deep dive into coquette, we're bringing out the big guns. This satin shoulder bag caught us in a haze, we almost didn't want to tell you about it (but of course, we will). The oversized bow sits right over your shoulder, with its ends falling freely for a soft feel. The ruched body with the shiny material looks like an absolute dream, and we're thankful it comes in versatile black that can go with everything.

Available on Zalora.

Mooclife Sterling Silver Plated Ribbon Pearl Stud Earrings (P3,864)

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Pearls and bows are a match made in coquette heaven and this dainty pair of earrings has you covered. The studs with the tiny ribbon dangle are versatile enough to match all your other pieces but very much bring the coquette to the table.

Available on Zalora.

Bullion Gold Butterly Pear Choker (P2,197)

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Pearls and chokers are also big in coquette and this one is absolutely darling with the bedazzled buttery pendant upfront. It's dainty and yet unapologetic in being cute, plus it's easy to wear since the closure is in front. Layer it with your other necklaces for a maximalist look or let the butterfly shine as is around your neck.

Available on Zalora.

Mango Lace Top (P895)

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Apprehensions abound when trying a new trend, so we picked this darling lace cami to get you started if you're in the mood to dip only your toes into coquette. It's neutral enough to be worn as is or under outerwear but is still coquette with the lace trim and flow material. You can even clip a bow or two on the straps if you want to take it to the next level.

Available on Zalora.

Aldo Yuji Ballerina Flats (P3,939)

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Ballet flats are another major component of coquette and these blush pink ones come with an elastic strap to keep your feet in place and a rounded toe for that soft look. A bow on top finishes the look and we won't be surprised if you pirouette your way to places in this one.

Available on Zalora.

GVN The Label Roberta Mary Janes in Dark Burgundy (P2,150)

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Peach Fuzz might be the color of the year but cherry red is also taking the Internet by storm. These patent red ballet flats from local brand GVN The Label have that signature square toe box and an adjustable strap that runs across your foot for a snug fit. If you're into bolder or neutral shades and don't see yourself in pink, this is it.

Available on the GVN The Label website.

Mina Luna PH Corset (P850)

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This list wouldn't be complete without a fun, flirty corset that's bold and daringly girly. Ribbed and constructed to hug the body, and finished off with lace-ups on the back and big ribbons by the straps, this bold, romantic piece from local brand Mina Luna PH is cheeky, classy, and coquette all around. This red one called out to us, but they also have other colors to choose from. Most of them are for pre-order, so shoot their Instagram a message!

Available on Mina Luna PH via Instagram.

Klean Kanteen TKwide 32oz (w/ Pink Twist Cap) - Pink Ties (P3,750)

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When this tumbler first came out, we just knew we had to have it. Though brighter than the usual staples with its bright teal base, this water jug from Klean Kanteen is dotted all over with pink bows of every shape and size. We have not seen anything sweeter and more apt for the coquette lovers out there who need to stay hydrated on the go.

Available on the Certified Calm website.

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