To be honest, ruffles are not usually on my fashion radar – they conjure up images of Interview with the Vampire and Little House on the Prairie. However, just like platform shoes and chokers, it is suddenly completely acceptable to incorporate ruffles into your outfit – so much so that I want to get in on the action, too.
The key to wearing ruffles now is choosing designs that incorporate them in a modern and grown-up way. Think less 80s prom dress and more cashmere sweater, feminine coat or slinky blouse. Read on for some inspiration on how to wear this trend.
Tops and sweaters with ruffle trim
This season, plain T-shirts and sweaters are getting a ruffle makeover. Designers like Prada and Chinti and Parker elevate these wardrobe staples by decorating them with singular rows of ruffles, often in a V-shape at the front. I would combine a finely knit cashmere sweater or a ruffled jersey T-shirt with a simple skirt and chunky Chelsea boots for everyday flounce.
This is my absolute favourite this season, and I am positive that we will see this one hitting pretty much every shop soon. Victoria Beckham shows us how it’s done: take a boxy top and swap close-fitting sleeves for wide, voluminous ruffled sleeves that skim the arms. The result is an incredibly chic and feminine look that will carry you over into next season. I will pair mine with loose-fitting culottes and smart sneakers during the day or elegant black cigarette pants at night. Of course, ruffled sleeves are not limited to tops only – you can also find them on dresses and coats. For a current look, I will make sure to choose a design where the ruffles are attached below the elbow.
Skirts with large-scale ruffles
I don’t think I will ever get tired of a goth-inspired look, which is why the new skirts with large-scale ruffles really appeal to me. On the runway, this trend was seen in shows by Erdem and Givenchy, among others, but you’ll soon find versions in all popular high street chains. I will get mine in black and pair it with a Victorian style blouse or a shoulder free black top and some platform boots. This is not a light look, but the heaviness of the large ruffles is what makes this so seductive and cool. Think flamenco dancer gone dark. For evening, add a slick of deep purple lipstick for a 90s goth vibe.
Ruffled blouses in pastel colours
If that’s all a bit too sombre for you, why not try one of the beautiful new ruffled blouses in dusty pink, sky blue and light turquoise? The key here is to choose designs made out of sheer and light fabrics like chiffon. I would wear a nice bralet underneath that is designed for being seen, as well as a black leather skirt and some dainty jewelry… so fresh.