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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Toughen Up Ruffles with Sportswear

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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

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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

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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.

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