For the Frill of It: These Ruffles Are a Definite Fashion ‘Do’
When I first saw ruffles coming back in style, I wasn’t thrilled. They didn’t immediately excite me the way color-blocking or midi skirts did. I had a slight change of heart when I saw ruffles from Balenciaga and Gucci on the runway—they were sexy rather than of old-fashioned. The Balenciaga dress that Amanda Seyfried wore to the “Les Miserables” premiere in London? Hot! Except for the very unfortunate side seam they added (I’ll get over it eventually). But unlike the frilly, princess ruffles I played dress-up in as a child, this season’s ruffles are less costume-y and more wearable. We rounded up our top ruffled picks so you can rock the ruffle trend!
Lush Chiffon Ruffle-Back Dress
Subtle ruffles adorn the back of this otherwise simple tank dress. The loose, draped silhouette works well with the longer ruffles running down the back—a detail that dresses up the whole frock. We love the bright pink hue, too! Wear this number to a lunch date or a weekend at the lake. Bold accessories like orange sandals, a yellow necklace, or a red bag are perfect for making a statement this summer without being overwhelming. You can also pair it with tan leather sandals and a cute cross-body bag for a simpler yet on-trend outfit.
Kenneth Cole Sleeveless Ruffled Top
A flowy white ruffle tank like this one isn't a far cry from your trusty white T-shirt. Next time you find yourself reaching for that tee, swap in this soft tank instead! The ruffles add interest, but not bulk. Pair it with colored skinny jeans and nude sandals for a chic, basic look. You can also wear it to work with a pencil skirt or on the weekends with printed shorts.
G by Guess Alice Silk Crepe Ruffled Dress
Typically you'll find that vertical ruffles are more flattering than horizontal ruffles because they draw the eye down your frame. Here, the single ruffle, along with the V-neck and gorgeous orange color, makes this silk dress a stunner. With a little bit of self-tanner, a few dainty gold bracelets, and a pair of strappy pumps, you’ll be ready for a hot date or night out this summer!
Asos Asymmetric Ruffle Layered Dress
OK, I know I just told you to look for vertical ruffles, but rules are made to be broken, right? This one-shoulder dress with tiered ruffles is flirty, swingy, and not at all bulky, which is important if you'd prefer not to appear larger. Pair this fun frock with a statement necklace for a summer wedding!
Jason Wu Ruffled-Back Silk Skirt
Black is a common fall-back for formal occasions, but come summertime, we love to live in color. I absolutely love the color chartreuse (and not just because it’s fun to say) so I fell for this skirt as soon as I saw it. The dipped back hem and cascading ruffle in back are perfectly on-trend. Pair your pop-of-color skirt with a striped tee to dress it down or a white silk tank for something a little more formal.
Rebecca Taylor Ruffle Dress
Add a little kick to your cocktail attire and amp up the drama with a bold color and form-fitting shape! Shocking pink hue, drop waist, flared ruffle skirt—you’ll want to slip on this cocktail dress any chance you get. Pair the feminine frock with strappy nude sandals and a few gold bracelets for an elegant affair.
Lanvin Asymmetric Ruffle Crewneck Dress
I'll bet you didn't think a ruffle around the neck could look this chic. If color and ruffles is just too much for you to handle, try a black-and-white piece. The LBD is as flattering as always while the contrasting ruffle down the front stands out. And you’ll stand out anywhere in this dramatic number (in a good way, of course). Keep it simple with black pumps and one cuff bracelet and let the dress do the talking!