The spring and summer catwalks were alive with ruffles. Ruffled sleeves, hems and, well, just about anything designers could get their hands on worked a flounce. Bell shaped sleeves were worn wide and loose with a distinctly fluted hem, while light summer dresses piled on the fluttering layers. This isn’t a subtle trend, ruffles this season are big, bold and there to be seen in. Work your ruffles as the temperature rises to create an easy, romantic vibe that borrows a lot from boho and a little from your average Disney princess. Still not sold on ruffles? Don’t worry. We have the ultimate guide to getting your ruffle on, below.
One of the simplest ways to wear ruffles this summer is with an elegant ruffled blouse. A great blouse can take you from office to dance floor and ruffles add extra edge to this wardrobe staple. Look for light flowing fabrics and a pale color palette to accentuate the romance of this look and pair with simple cropped trousers or culottes to create a style that screams effortless cool. We couldn’t help falling in love with this stunning Romeo and Juliet Couture blouse with lace-up detailing and gently fluted sleeves. It’s the perfect summer piece, versatile, cool, and distinctive enough to get you noticed.
Ruffles have made a huge impact on the swimwear scene this season with flounces adding extra femininity to every type of design. One-pieces also continue their style ascendancy, and for us they offer the perfect way to wear this trend, providing the space and structure to really put ruffles in the spotlight. This Ted Baker one-piece in eye-popping coral shows just how swimwear ruffles should be worn with simple lines and a bold color scheme enhanced by ruffled detailing. The stunning one-shouldered design is flattering, structural and sure to turn heads for all the right reasons. Be sure to show off your ruffles at the pool or beach this summer.
More is More
Sometimes you just have to embrace a trend head on and when it comes to ruffles this means all the layers you can handle. Pick up a statement ruffled dress to make an impact at a seasonal wedding or summer party. Consider pairing ruffles with a bold block color or an in your face print to really bring this trend to life. This Alexander McQueen ruffled chiffon gown combines elements of flamenco style with traditional garden florals to create a beautiful and bold dress that doesn’t shy away from defined ruffles. Sure, it’s a splurge piece but it is certain to create a talking point and you definitely deserve a dress this beautiful.
If you want to dip your toe into this trend or update your summer wardrobe on a budget, accessories are a great way to invest in ruffles. Shoes and bags have added feminine appeal this season with more than a passing nod to this romantic look. Partner a ruffled accessory with a neutral outfit for a chic take on this catwalk trend. Choose these Topshop sandals and add ruffle appeal to a light summer dress or simple tailored trousers. Their striking asymmetric design and pale gray finish are the perfect way to add interest to any outfit. The block heel will help to keep hot feet comfortable while a neutral color choice makes these the ideal ‘wear with anything’ sandals.
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