It started a few seasons back and as we move forward, the trend shows no sign of slowing down. I’m talking about the invasion of all things that ruffled! Ruffles were a major trend on pretty much every runway during the Spring 2009 shows- Marc by Marc Jacobs, Malandrino, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diane Von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Luella, Oscar de la Renta, Jill Stuart, and on and on. Now I was very hesitant about this trend when it first burst onto the scene, it just appeared a little uber-femme and too sweet for my style. However during one particularly inspired shopping trip, ventured into unchartered territories and gave the ruffled look a try with. The result? Love at first sight! I don’t know what it is, but ruffled styles always seem to have this fashion-forward quality to them.
The most important thing to remember with this style is to make it work for you! If you can pull off sweet and girly, then take that motif and run with it. If, like me, you lean more towards edgy styles, then incorperate some edgy embellishments- a leather cuff, an androgynous blazer, killer pumps, to toughen it up a bit. So how will you know what works for you? Well there’s this little thing called gut instinct which will always guide you through. If you put it on and it just looks all sorts of wrong, then it’s time to rearrange.
I have searched far and wide to track down some the best ruffled styles out there. Shop the looks pictured above and check out some of the other styles I found after the jump!
Elizabeth and Jame Cascade Dress, $385 (also available in brown and purple). A touch of cascading ruffles gives a basic style a modern twist.
Geren Ford Fitted Mini Dress, $409. Pair this fantastic frock with sandals on a summer day or killer statement-shoes for a night out.
Silence & Noise Ruffle Front Tank, $24.99. Wear this tank with just about anything for a touch of ethereal femininity that is undeniably sexy.
Young, Fabulous, & Broke ‘Samantha’ Dress, $168 (Seen on Blake Lively). A soft style with a vintage feel that’s perfect for summer in the city.
T-Bags Ruffle V Neck Dress, $212. Ruffles soften the boldness of this jungle-inspired print for a fun and flirty style sure to garner attention.
Rebecca Taylor Dot & Lace Flower Child Dress, $495 (also available in navy). I am totally fiending for this soft, hippie-chic style.
Caroline Hedaya Lace Ruffle Dress, Was: $429; NOW: $128.70. Wear this dress alone or with a sharp blazer for a new spin on cocktail-chic.
Alice + Olivia Breckendridge Blouse, $297. I love the 70’s feel of this boho-blouse.
Parker Ruffle Racer Top, $150. This flirty top can be worn with a power suit for the work day,with a mini-leather skirt for a night out or with jeans for a casual afternoon.
Free People Cherry Blossom Dress, $118 (also available in yellow and navy). Vibrant colors bring this laidback style to a new level of fabulous.
Black Halo Keyhole Ruffle Sheath Dress, $345. A classic ruffled sheath will never be outdated.
L.A.M.B Lolita Dress, $225. A fresh take on the classis LBD that is both sweet and edgy.