1. Keep it grown up
Ruffles have that twee vibe that could quite easily translate to five year old at a school dance. To style ruffles with a sophisticated edge, opt for pieces with a little bit of sexiness. Go for something that shows a bit of bust, or even a saucy slip of the shoulder.
I may be anything but sexy, but my playsuit certainly is!
2. Little Does It
tempting as it may be to don a head to toe ruffled dress a la Paris
fashion week, I wouldn’t jump right into it! Start small with little
flounces of frills on hem edges, sleeves and skirts. If you dig this, go
ahead and opt for full-blown frilly: all it takes is a little
confidence! This girl has got it right!
3. Use Plain or Edgy Accessories
Too much sugar will make a cake too sweet, just as too many girly pieces will make a look too sweet. When you style ruffles, go for edgy pieces such as solid jewellery and oversized sunglasses to lesser the girly effect. Plain accessories will ensure that the ruffles are left to do the talking too.
4. Use Ruffles To Add Volume
If you’re pear shaped, ruffles are a great way to add volume to your bust area. Opt for flowing down, vertical ruffles for a more slimming effect.
5. Neutral Does It
Prints and bright colours on ruffled pieces can easily take it to trashy-brashy territory. Keep it slick and chic by going for pieces in softer, pastel hues, blacks or greys.
6. The Smaller The Ruffles, The Easier It Is
Smaller ruffles are undoubtedly easier to pull off. If you do to style ruffles that are larger and more theatrical, keep your accessories and colour palette to a bare minimum.
In the Southern Hemisphere? Here’s some ruffled pieces you will love: