Keira Knightley’s 8 Most Whimsical Dresses and Ethereal Gowns

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One thing that will hit you when you spot Keira Knightley on the red carpet is the realization that her dress is so whimsical!

Trust the red carpet veteran to look like a Victorian-era court lady one moment and a fascinating nymph the next.

Her penchant for ethereal frocks does not go unnoticed. We reviewed some of her most fabulous outfits and let our eyes feast on her unique style saturated with tulles, organzas, florals, and laces.

1. Rodarte Tulle Dress

The wealthy British actress doesn’t believe in wasting a good dress. She wore this dainty tulle frock with see-through details from Rodarte in 2008 and then wore it again on her wedding day in 2013.

Keira Knightley flaunts her legs in a gorgeous Rodarte prom dressKeira Knightley flaunts her legs in a gorgeous Rodarte prom dress

Not related to her lookalike Natalie Portman, she wore the dress a third time later that year for an event in London.

Keira Knightley in Rodarte 2Keira Knightley at the Serious Fun Children’s Network Gala held at the Roundhouse in London, England, on December 3, 2013

2. White Chanel Princess Dress

This dress is everything we have ever dreamed of in a white dress — just the right amount of embellishment, tulle, and ruching.

Keira Knightley wore an ethereal Chanel dress with peep-toe heelsKeira Knightley wore an ethereal Chanel dress with peep-toe heels

It satiates our love for princess-like garments without actually making our adult selves cringe.

Keira Knightley at the premiere of The Imitation Game during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)Keira Knightley at the premiere of The Imitation Game during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada on September 9, 2014

3. Valentino Dress and Red Head Wreath

The actress managed to outshine the model who wore this on the Valentino RTW 2012 runway. She accessorized with a red floral head wreath, and what a striking effect it made!

Keira Knightley wears a Valentino dress and a red floral head wreath at the premiere of Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldKeira Knightley wears a Valentino dress and a red floral head wreath at the premiere of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World during the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival held at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in California on June 18, 2012

Let’s not forget the sheer quality of craftsmanship in this dress. The embroidery details and the sequins — everything is perfection.

Keira Knightley's slightly messy milkmaid braid and red floral headbandKeira Knightley’s slightly messy milkmaid braid and red floral headband

4. Frothy Elie Saab Tulle Dress

Who can forget this frothy tulle Elie Saab dress Keira wore at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011?

Keira Knightley styled her nude lace cocktail dress with Miu Miu shoesKeira Knightley styled her nude lace cocktail dress with Miu Miu shoes

It’s ethereally modest at the front, but it’s a party at the back!

Keira Knightley wearing a backless Elie Saab Fall 2011 Couture dress at the premiere of A Dangerous MethodKeira Knightley wearing a backless Elie Saab Fall 2011 Couture dress at the premiere of A Dangerous Method during the 36th Toronto International Film Festival held at the Roy Thomson Hall in Canada on September 10, 2011

5. Valentino Tulle Gown

The Valentino aesthetic definitely fits the actress, so it’s no surprise to find her sporting yet another one from this designer powerhouse. It’s another gauzy tulle number, but boasting beige and gold elements.

Keira Knightley wears a tulle Valentino dress at the premiere of A Dangerous MethodKeira Knightley wears a tulle Valentino dress at the premiere of A Dangerous Method during the 68th Venice Film Festival in Italy on September 2, 2011

6. Beige and Gold Simone Rocha Dress

We can’t get enough of this Simone Rocha creation! It has the same color combination of beige and gold that Keira fancies.

Keira Knightley styled her Simone Rocha dress with metallic heelsKeira Knightley styled her Simone Rocha dress with metallic heels

It also features other interesting design elements — the unique collar, the flap at the waist, and the asymmetrical waistline.

Keira Knightley in a gold and beige dress at the Begin Again photocallKeira Knightley in a gold and beige dress at the Begin Again photocall held at St. Vincent House in London, England, on July 2, 2014

7. Floral Appliqué Chanel Dress

This dress wins in the floral appliqué department!

Keira Knightley and James Righton attend the annual Serpentine Galley Summer PartyKeira Knightley and James Righton attend the annual Serpentine Galley Summer Party at The Serpentine Gallery on July 1, 2014, in London, England

It’s a garden party of a dress that has a bold multicolored jewel embellishment and a dainty opaque underlay skirt.

Keira Knightley's Chanel Resort 2015 dress with beaded top and floral appliqué skirtKeira Knightley’s Chanel Resort 2015 dress with beaded top and floral appliqué skirt

8. Heavenly Prada Dress

Red carpet looks aren’t Keira’s only forte. She excels even in the casual and semicasual dressing departments.

Keira Knightley wears an ethereal Prada dress with silver metallic shoesKeira Knightley wears an ethereal Prada dress with silver metallic shoes

Take this Prada ensemble, for instance. We can stare at that heavenly dress all day and not get bored!

Keira Knightley totes a Prada Zoe stone-embellished Raso clutch in New York CityKeira Knightley totes a Prada Zoe stone-embellished Raso clutch in New York City on June 26, 2014

We’ll give you ladies a moment to take all the beauty in.

If your style is very much like this actress’, the following dresses from Shopbop and Farfetch are bound to catch your fancy:

Temperley London "Cruz" Mini DressTemperley London “Cruz” Mini Dress, $2,525

Reem Acra Embroidered "Illusion" Cap-Sleeve DressReem Acra Embroidered “Illusion” Cap-Sleeve Dress, $4,995

Notte by Marchesa Embroidered Tulle DressNotte by Marchesa Embroidered Tulle Dress, $895

Valentino Floral Macramé DressValentino Floral Macramé Dress, $4,246.09

Valentino Lace Panel DressValentino Lace Panel Dress, $7,889.55

Kristian Addnevik Lace Flared DressKristian Addnevik Lace Flared Dress, $3,217.61

Dolce & Gabbana Quilted Tunic DressDolce & Gabbana Quilted Tunic Dress, $1,865.01

What do you think? Are you fans of Keira Knightley’s very feminine style?

Credit: Daniel Deme / WENN / Alberto Reyes

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