Ruffles and frills are again back to the spotlight and I can see many gorgeous ruffled pieces popping everywhere. In the past few years, ruffles have asserted their dominance on the runways and are returning as one of the hottest trends of the summer season. Not all ruffles are created equal. Layered ruffles create full, bell-shaped outlines on dresses and skirts. Single-layer ruffles provide more trim to a blouse or skirt and are less noticeable than multi-layered garments. Whether the ruffles look silly or not depends on the rest of the lines in the garment.
On dresses, ruffles below the waistline look best. Adding ruffles to the bodice of a dress only works well when there are fewer ruffles on the skirt. Ruffles offer busy lines to an outfit. Seek to balance them out with at least twice as many straight lines in your look. Ruffles layer ruffles. Nothing else. Cardigans, jean jackets, blazers and basically any other top you can think of is a bad idea over ruffles. Ruffles are the star of the show. If you don’t want to look like it’s your first day of kindergarten, let your ruffles flow without any other part of your outfit getting in the way.
Ruffles aren’t for everyone. Generally, the trendier you are the easier it is to add ruffles and frilly tops to your wardrobe. I love ruffles because they have the power to lift the simplest of pieces, thus transforming the plainest of outfits. Whether it’s a little frill down a trouser leg or an unexpectedly flouncy collar popping up out of a sweater, ruffles are whimsy yet hardworking.
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