Buying Into Ruffles

Whether you like them big, small or not at all, ruffles are here for spring. It is an undeniably feminine trend, but you can always toughen it up with accessories like the belted suit below.

The tiered look is big for skirts, and they're either wide and flat or bunched up in an 80s puff. I do like how the puffy blue skirt below was styled with a plain white button down shirt. Ruffle trim is the way to go for the shy experimenter. It softens the suit and suspendered skirt. Sorry the images aren't bigger, but you can click to enlarge.

Clockwise from left: white pencil skirt and suit jacket, Bebe $98 and $179
orchid silk skirt, Frock Shop $106
black skirt, D&G Dolce and Gabbana, Neiman Marcus $302
bright blue tiered skirt, "Mya" Ralph Lauren $499
navy suspendered pencil skirt, Urban Outfitters $68

Ruffled tops are usually designed as trim or a bib. You can pair ruffle trimmed items with almost anything, but be wary of the volume on the bottom of your outfit if you wear a ruffled bib top. Personally, I love the contrast of bibbed tops under a mannish blazer.
Top: teal chiffon blouse, Chelsea Flower, Bluefly $144
nude trench, Bebe $119
fuchsia top, Robert Rodriguez, Nordstrom $286
black wrap top, Forever 21 $19.80
Bottom: pastel yellow knit top, Macy's $28.50
grey wrap jacket, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Bluefly $138
white sleeveless top, Victoria's Secret $48
white contrast trim tuxedo style vest, LuLu's Fashion Lounge $35

Girly girls can't help but love ruffled dresses. Even the tube and trapeze take on a softer shape with the addition of a ruffle. Since this is a huge trend for Spring Summer 2008, it's not too hard to find affordable dresses inspired by designer looks. The jersey dress from Victoria's Secret is very Lanvin, and the BCBG reminds me of Miu Miu's harlequin show.
Top: hibiscus print mini dress, Bebe $129
white eyelet dress, Macy's $68
black sash dress, Larsen Gray "Bouquet", Shopbop $229
chocolate polkadot shirt dress, Modcloth $59.99
fuchsia one shoulder jersey dress, Victoria's Secret $55
Bottom: low cut denim dress, Bona Drag $142
purple wrap dress, Eliza J., Nordstrom $158
dip dye tiered dress, ASOS $130.86
blue shirt dress, Victoria's Secret $55
cream silk trapeze dress, BCBG Max Azria, Bluefly $161.50

You may also be interested in Leather Ruffle Jackets, Peaches and Dream, Ruffled Shoes.


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