Keira Knightley Has Romantic Style You Should Be Channeling This Summer

Is it just me, or does British beauty Keira Knightley give off a decidedly delicate and whimsical vibe at every red carpet event or press conference she attends? Maybe it’s her adorable English accent or her waif-like, model-esque figure (seriously, could her waist get any thinner than it is in this somewhat-creepy Chanel number?). Or maybe it’s just the effect of her many years spent portraying romantic, charming, and often-tragic characters in films like Anna Karenina and Love Actually (which, in case you didn’t hear, is apparently the best movie ever made... according to Knightley at least).

Whatever the reason, all I know is that the star, perhaps more so than any other famous face in Hollywood, can pull off a flawlessly romantic and feminine ensemble without looking saccharine sweet or like a well-dressed 10-year-old. And lucky for you, the actress — who is currently showing off her surprisingly impressive singing skills alongside soon-to-be-married Maroon 5 hottie Adam Levine in the new music-focused film Begin Again — has been delivering hit after romantic hit on the red carpet as of late, giving you not one, but three utterly undeniable reasons to rock this sweet summer style all on your own this season. Check them out:

1. The style can be both delicate and dramatic

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When you combine details like a sheer overlay and intricate embroidery with a full-length, breezy silhouette and a head full of perfect beachy curls, the result will always be one that's breathtaking and bold all at once.

2. It's charming and preppy

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The best part about wearing romantic, whimsical silhouettes come summertime? It injects a sense of playfulness and polish into your seasonal wardrobe, especially when you pick lady-like and tailored pieces like Knightley's collared fit-and-flare number.

3. It's breezy and beautiful

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Whether you're hitting a local film festival or just going for a picnic in the park, lightweight, flowing, and romantic styles — like the Simone Rocha number Knightley wore in London — keep you looking and feeling cool in the summer heat.

Get the Look:

Aqua sheer-inset skirt, $78, bloomingdales.com

Dolce Vita lace dress, $275, shopbop.com

H&M lace shorts, $25, hm.com

Vero Moda sleeveless denim dress, $60, houseoffraser.co.uk

Needle & Thread beaded top, $97, saksfifthavenue.com