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5 ways to wear ruffles

If you’re a frill seeker then you’re in luck – ruffles have been gaining momentum for the last few seasons and for SS17 they’re all over the high street. And don’t think this is a flouncy detail just for flamenco-style dresses. From sportswear to workwear, accessories to going-out garb, ruffles can add a statement flourish to all corners of your wardrobe. So whether you’ve always been a frill no-go zone or have a deep love for all-out dancing girl style, our handy guide to wearing ruffles is a must-read.


Opt for accessories
Fearful of embracing the ruffle? Ease yourself in gently by keeping your outfit frill-free and add a playful touch with a ruffle-detail mule or slider. Keep the heel low and they’ll soon turn into your everyday summer shoe. Steer clear of black and try a sunshine-friendly tan pair – or experiment with some salsa colours such as red or pink. Pair with wide-leg culottes and a neat white shirt for workday style.  
Red Suede Frill Mules, £40, River Island (1)

Add a detail
You’ve mastered frills on your feet so let’s take it to the next level. A small ruffle detail on a collar, sleeve, waist or hem is easy to wear and will give your outfit an extra stylish SS17 tick. If you want to keep it relaxed (and you’ve already embraced kick flare jeans??) then jeans with a frilled hem is a great option. Paired with some white trainers, that’s your new weekend look sorted. Equally, why not try a simple scoop-neck top in relaxed jersey with just one simple frill? Ruffled – yep; scary – nope. 
Mid-Rise Jeans, £25.99, Zara (2)

Say yes to sleeves
Let’s pump up the volume: choose tops with statement sleeves (great for playing those castanets) – think voluminous, tiered frills. Keep the colour muted – whites and blues work great. The ruffled blouse is turning into a key seasonal piece for many frill-loving ladies on the street and there’s a reason for this. Mix in with your slim-fit trousers and you instantly look polished and on trend. Zero effort for maximum impact? Yes please.
Double-Layered Chiffon Blouse, £24.99, H&M (3)

Add some colour
If you’re after an eye-catching look for summer then combining ruffles and a riot of fiesta hues should do the trick: say hello to fuchsia, scarlet, canary yellow for starters. Fancy trying a new colour clash? Mix tomato red with cobalt blue. Alternatively, a nice marl grey makes bright pink a lot more wearable. Don’t discount the sugary shades out there too. We’re guessing a ruffle skirt in a bright hue will become your new go-to item…
Frill Hem Pelmet Skirt, £39, Topshop (4)

Push it to the maxi
We want an ultra-pretty dress that swishes around our ankles – and we want it now. Before you discount a ruffled maxi dress as a one-trick garden party pony, you don’t have to keep this feminine number just for special occasions. Granted, add some pretty jewellery, a sparkly clutch and your favourite heels and you’re all set to enjoy a glass of Champers at a do. But equally, add some flatform espadrilles and throw on a leather jacket and you’ve got an outfit with a ton more attitude.  
Ruffle Trim Maxi Dress, £125, Topshop (5)


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