The life I want, there is no shortcut.

Over the past few years, Carey Mulligan has quickly become one of Hollywood’s sweethearts. With humble beginnings playing Kitty Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, she is now set to star in Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby as Daisy Buchanan. I’ll leave my feelings about that out of this post…

Her offscreen fashion sense is impeccable – come on, have you seen that pixie cut? – and she is constantly photographed wearing stunning ladylike silhouettes. These same styles are worn by Mulligan in her Oscar-nominated role in An Education. The film is set in the early 1960s, and as you can imagine, the costumes are killer. Just take a look at this dress.

I can explain how much I adore this. It’s subtly sexy and hugs her curves without being too tight or revealing. The pattern also keeps it young and fresh. It is so easy to pull off this look in 2011.

From left to right: Moonlight and Roses Dress ($90, ModCloth), Nude Kitten Heel Court Shoes ($52, ASOS), White Garden Dress ($35, Fred Flare), Oriana T-Strap Pump ($98, Chocolat Blu), Forest at Dusk Dress ($55, ModCloth), Raspberry Elevated Oxfords ($148, Anthropologie)

Look at all these options! They hint at being retro, but are completely wearable. The first dress is perfect for summer, but is modernized with an asymmetrical neckline. The dress in the center has a looser skirt, but the cinched waist and square neckline still give off a vintage vibe, as does the pattern. The dress on the right will be incredible for fall and the gathering on the bodice is uber flattering. Throw on a pair of kitten heels, and you’ve got a flawless daytime look with an old-school edge.

I could go on and on about how incredible the fashion in this film is, but I highly recommend you see for yourself in An Education, a coming-of-age story about a girl in 1960s London who questions whether she should pursue her education or the older man of her dreams.

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