Thursday, March 13

For the Frill of It

Dries van Noten

When you were a little girl, you loved dressing in ruffles from head to toe.  After all they were so feminine, so fun, and so frilly.  As an adult, however; you fear they're too playful and lack sophistication. Well, this spring, there's a new kind of ruffle in town that's all grown up.  There's nothing frou-frou about these frills.  Fanciful? Yes, but also sophisticated because they are used in unexpected combinations- for example, running down a crisp white button down a la Etro or floating down the shoulder of a sharp red sheath dress at Marchesa.  Personally, I've never outgrown my love of ruffles.  I like to think of them as an extra layer of texture-a structured ruffle trim lends a sculptural flourish to the fashion classics: an oxford shirt, slingback sandals, even a tough cuff bracelet.

Here's how to pull of the look...

1. Teaming a flounced item with something menswear inspired- a pair of trousers or a tailored white button down- prevents the look from seeming too sweet.
2. Softer ruffles can work for all ages, as long as they aren't baby pastels or on a miniskirt.  One refined choice? A black ruffled slip dress is downright seductive and hey, who couldn't use a little more romance in their life?
3. One ruffled item only in a single ensemble!

Check out my favorite ruffled picks below just for the frill of it.


Nina Ricci

Nicholas Kirkwood

Isabel Marant

See by Chloe
Emilio Pucci

LK Bennett
Emilio Pucci
10 Crosby Derek Lam


Alexis Bittar

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