Spring Trend #1 – Ruffles

Tiers of feminine ruffles continue to be a hot trend. Whether you wear them oversized or soft and subtle, ruffles will add a flouncy feminine touch to your look for the spring /summer season.The Spring 2010 runways were taken over by ruffles of all shapes and sizes from long boho-chic ruffles that fell in tiers down a gauzy gown to flouncy tutu-esque skirts with tightly ruffled layers. Ruffles can be easy to wear whether you consider yourself girly or not as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.
(images via style.com)


 Fit Tips:
Ruffle’s usually flare outwards adding volume, so make sure yours are strategically placed and avoid placing them on any area of your figure that you don’t want to emphasize.For apple-shaped or busty girls, try wearing a ruffled skirt or garment with the ruffle detailing on the lower half of the body to balance out your top half and let the ruffles work in your favor.

Slight ruffle detailing like ruffled cuffs work for any body type as it just adds an extra little feminine detail to the garment.

Pear-shaped women would benefit from tops or dresses with ruffles up above as a way to draw the eye upwards.

Something as feminine as ruffles can even look edgy if worn in the right way, (for those who dont want to appear so overtly girly). The idea of juxtaposing something girly like a ruffled mini skirt, with a tailored jacket, and fun T-shirt can be refreshingly unpredictable.


Here are some examples of real girls incorporating ruffles into their daily looks:
(Image source: from left to right, StyleLustPages, VestedBee, MitziCocoa)
(image source: Chictopia user FashionSheSays)


Here are some of our favorite thrifty ruffled picks of the season that are easily accessible to all. (Especially that F21 skirt for $10.50 which I picked up myself and I must say it fits great and looks even better in person):
1. Ruffle Polka Dot Chiffon Dress $22.40 at YesStyle 2. Ruffle Tube Dress $49.95 at American Eagle Outfitters 3. Fab Flapper Skirt $10.50 at Forever21 4. Smocked Waist Ruffle Top $39.00 at ArdenB 5. Faux Leather Ruffle Bag £49.99 at Joseph M 6. Ruffle Tiered Cardigan £32.00 at Miss Selfridge


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