Our memories of ruffles may be tainted from the days of being stuffed into frilly twee clothes back when we were kids, vowing to never don another ruffle again. And yet, this season the fashion world has announced that ruffles & frills are back big time. So don’t shy away any longer because here are 18 top tips to rocking them the grown up and edgy way!
#1 Off the Shoulder Ruffle
If you can get your hands on something that is both ruffled and off the shoulder, grab it and don’t let go! The bigger the ruffles, the better.
#2 Down the Shirt Ruffle
This is part-Victorian, part-prairie girl and we wholly love it, whatever it is! We’ve been ogling at pastel-coloured versions across the stores.
#3 Asymmetric Skirt Ruffle
This will attract the attention of whomever you want with the va va voom cut of the skirt. It works on both midis for an exaggerated asymmetric cut or on minis if you want a slight, edgy asymmetric cut.
#4 Cross Body Diagonal Ruffle
The diagonal strip of ruffles on this dress creates curves but also cuts across the middle. So if this is a problem area for you then these ruffles will disguise it in a way that has a bit more life than being trapped in black.
#5 Ruffles and Cut Outs
Ruffles mixed with cutout detail elevates it from just being girly and Victorian to something more modern and sexy.
#6 Ruffle Bell Sleeve
This is one of the leading features of this trend this year, the ruffled bell sleeve. There is nothing overpowering about it as the rest of the top is basic, so it really let’s the top do all the talking. You won’t be stuck finding one this season, as many high street stores & online retailers offer up countless options for under €50!
#7 Ruffled Neck
There’s something prim and proper about a ruffled neckline, but if they’re relatively petite then your look won’t be overwhelmed or make your neck look shorter. Layer with a knit jumper to veer away from the Victorian costume territory.
#8 Ruffled Bib
Prairie girl meets feminine fashionista. There are plenty of variations of this ruffled pip top from relaxed to more preppy versions. The frills emphasise curves, so this shape flatters boyish figures who want to enhance this. Revolve and Anthropologie have laid back versions if you really want to invest, whereas Pretty Little Thing have more affordable versions.
#9 Border of Frills
This style has to be one of my ultimate must-haves for this trend. It’s only slightly different from the aforementioned #2 on the list, but with wider and more exaggerated winged ruffles. If you are broad-shouldered and don’t want to draw attention to this area then avoid this, but otherwise it’s flattering for thin and curvy figures.
#10 Bardot One Ruffle
This bardot (off-the-shoulder) mono frill style is easily found on the high street and online for a steal! It flatters every figure too, as the shoulders are a sexy yet relatively demure feature to show off, while the ruffle gives a more feminine note. Quiz Clothing has a red bodycon version that will give you Jessica Rabbit feels!
#11 One-Shoulder Ruffle
This is an elegant, feminine and modern take on the ruffle trend. Snap one up while they’re swarming the shops! You’ll find thin-striped, asymmetrical versions for under €20 no problem. Bargain!
#12 Toughen Up With Boots
The contrast between the frills and feminine shapes with a pair of sturdy dark boots will give your outfit edge and attitude. In essence, something pretty becomes something more fashion forward. Black ankle boots or classic Dr. Martens will do the job!
#13 Go Modern Flamenco
Forever Unique and Little Mistress have a few options for under €50 that will have you dancing with passion and style. Strut your stuff in something with as much flavour as this and your confidence will soar!
#14 Go Victorian/Retro Vibe
This is a style that will never truly go out of fashion. The delicacy of the ruffles and trimming is the ultimate trademark of girlishness and neat, prim fashion. Wearing this style with boots as abovementioned would be ideal so the look doesn’t seem one dimensional. Miss Selfridge brings these out every season too!
#15 Crushed Velvet + Ruffles
Boohoo and River Island have some of the best cuts and styles of velvet ruffled tops currently available. Sometimes velvet tops can look a bit boxy due to the thickness of the material, so having a frill detail gives it more shape!
#16 Ethereal Ruffles
Hailee Steinfeld wowed at the 2017 Oscars in this semi sheer, floral pastel gown with ruffled neckline and sleeve details. Lost Ink have a stripped back version while Boohoo has a many styles versions in maxi length, mini and midi.
#17 Ruffled Up Gingham
ASOS give us one ruffled look to look out for this season, as this cut and print is all over the runway! Western vibes that don’t too cowgirl. River Island, Missguided and Boohoo also have similar versions.
#18 Peplum Ruffle Skirt or Dress
Cinch in your waist and enhance those curves with the ruffled skirt or dress trim, giving it a flair and pronouncing your strut as you walk!