Don’t Be Intimidated By the Pleat: How To Wear Ruffles

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Don’t Be Intimidated By the Pleat: How To Wear Ruffles

Ruffles aren’t the easiest trend to pull off. A poorly-placed pleat can draw attention to places you’d rather minimize or overpower your entire look. Here are a few ways to help you feel more confident, so you can rock the ruffle.


Use Ruffles To Balance Your Curves



If you have a perfect hourglass figure (and don't we all?, cough), look for a dress with a hem ruffle to avoid throwing your curves out of proportion. If you have broader hips, you can use a hem ruffle to balance your silhouette.


Throw On a Ruffled Scarf



A scarf can add a splash of color and texture without causing an inadvertent wardrobe mishap. Hey, sometimes your neck could use a little cashmere.


Add to a Small Bust With Horizontal Ruffles



Ruffles are a great way to draw attention to your chest and add a little heft. We love the V-neck of this chiffon ruffled shirt—good for emphasizing that swan neck of yours.


Choose Vertical Ruffles For a Large Bust



Don't be afraid of ruffles, even if you have an intimidating rack. A line of ruffles down the center of a dress draw the eye up and down, rather than across. 


Pair Simple Ruffles With Sleek Basics



Low key ruffles—like the ones on this Warehouse blouse—work beautifully with a pencil skirt or skinny jeans. Smaller ruffles add a feminine twist without looking too over-the-top.


Pair Sexy Heels With Ruffled Dresses



Match ruffles with heels and add some vamp to the sweet. Heels can also help balance your legs.


Toughen Up Ruffles with Sportswear



It might seem counterintuitive, but adding ruffles to sportswear is a great way to play with the trend. Hence this ruffled Nike running skirt.


Go Bold with Big Ruffles on Bottom



Rock the big girl ruffles and just have fun with it. It's fashion, not science. Big skirt bonus: Ruffles on the bottom minimize your torso and chest.


Ruffled Jackets Go With Everything



We love this ruffle-trim jacket from Free People. Match a ruffled coat with a simple outfit like a tank and skinny jeans or a pencil skirt. It adds a lot of interest to a basic outfit.