Watch out, babes: there’s a new trend in town. And guess what? It’s just as pretty as it is feminine.
That said, don’t be fooled. There are ways you can use ruffles to put a stamp of attitude on practically any outfit.
Whether you’re popping to a local store or heading to a work conference, read on for how to wear ruffles for every occasion. FYI, wallflowers need not apply.
For Casual Affairs
Running errands or leaving the house for breakfast with your mom? Add a touch of sass to your look with a small ruffle detailing or two.
For instance, this Rosy Ruffle Hoodie Dress is a great option for busy minimalists who just want to throw something on in a hurry. Featuring subtle sleeve and hem ruffles, it creates a flawless casual outfit when paired with colorful sneakers or neutral boots and a grab-and-go handbag.
Alternatively, if the weather is warm, you might want to show a little more flesh with these Neems Asymmetrical Shorts featuring a gorgeous one-sided ruffled hem. In addition to being incredibly comfy, they look super cute when worn high waisted with a plain tee tucked in, sneakers, and understated accessories.
For Smart Casual Occasions
Want to amp up the drama? Try a standout piece with a bigger fabric enhancement that will undoubtedly have you looking ravishing in ruffles.
For example, this Atla Domino Ruffle Dress nods to the sixties with its white circle print and makes a serious style statement, no questions asked.
And a bonus? It can take you from day to night in a fashion heartbeat. Merely swap your flats for heeled sandals and your relaxed tote handbag for a dressy shoulder bag to complete your smart casual look.
Just dress it up with tailored pants, block heel sandals, and glitzy jewelry for a girls’ night on the town. Otherwise, you can dress this stunning shirt down with a pinafore dress, pantyhose, and striking knee-high boots for a date night or darling brunch.
For the Office Look
If you’ve got a busy day in the office or you’re tied up in important off-site meetings, prominent yet professional ruffles will help you feel, look, and act your best self.
Try this Purītsu Ruffle Collar Dress on for size. Its ultra-modern ruffle collar and white frilly sleeves show just how much you mean business. The contrasting black and white detailing also screams chic sophistication when paired with pantyhose and black patent boots or flats.
Is it always cold in the office? Need a captivating cover-up? This Toshihiro V-Collar Layered Button Sweater is ideal for adding interest to a plain shift dress or a neutral shirt and pencil skirt combination.
Additionally, you can coordinate the white ruffled hem with white brogues or a white handbag for a fresh, fashion-forward update on traditional work attire.
For Formal Events
Need to put your best foot forward at your friend’s wedding or the company’s annual black-tie affair? Consider championing elegant ruffles that are charismatic yet demure—and you’re guaranteed to turn heads.
For instance, this Alvarez Asymmetrical Ruffle Dress in black (or white) is just the right amount of puffy and ruffly for a special occasion. Wear it with embellished silver sandals and a sequin clutch to channel contemporary glam.
Alternatively, you could try the Aygi Shoulder Bow Dress in blue for a touch of flirty femininity. The oversized bows and ruffled hem look extravagantly cool without being too overpowering. Simply team this dress with black satin heeled court shoes and matching clutch to pop against a clear blue sky.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ruffle It Up
Needless to say, rocking ruffles isn’t for faint-hearted fashionistas. However, if you match this enchanting detailing to the occasion, experiment with what compliments your body shape, and use it to reflect your personality, then you might just find that you enjoy regularly getting your ruffle on.