Ruffles: Flirty Feminine Frills On Dresses & Blouses
The spring 2017 fashion forecast for women’s clothing is full of ruffles! The long loved trend is back in full swing this season since ruffles are favored for their romantic nature and effortless elegance. While ruffles can have a reputation for being very girly and even frivolous, we’re seeing them in all variations and forms, from layers and layers of billowy ruffles, to a single subtle ruffle on the garment making the trend effortlessly wearable. Favorite brands like Amanda Uprichard and BB Dakota are embracing the comeback of the ruffle in all it’s glory, bringing us the latest styles of frilly essentials for a spring wardrobe. Some easy ways to incorporate ruffles into your style are by trying pieces with ruffles at the neckline, hem or sleeves for an ultra chic modern look.
One way we are seeing ruffles on spring styles is across the top of strapless and off the shoulder tops and dresses. This look is very flirty and feminine and is seen featured on dresses in spring colors like bright shades of pinks and pretty pale blues. This adds a layer of dimension to an otherwise simple piece that gives the outfit some movement for a breezy flirty vibe. A ruffled off shoulder neckline is super easy to wear and is aligned with the popular off the shoulder trend as well, allowing you to wear two of the hottest spring trends in one piece. One of our favorites in boutiques right now is the hot pink Amanda Uprichard shift dress which is ideal for both garden parties or fancier weddings and events all season long. The bright color makes this a perfect going out dress for your weekend festivities. For an everyday approach, a top or bodysuit with a ruffled neckline, like this RD Style one piece allows you to take the trend to the streets for your more casual days. The flutter movement of a ruffled neckline is a fresh take on the latest styles and makes it easy to transition from day-to-night with an extra touch of flirty frills.
Ruffles are a fun option to keep in mind when it comes to wedding attire when you’re looking for something fun and festive that is still dressy and elegant. While many of the dresses featured here would be beautiful options for a wedding, this flowy Amanda Uprichard mini dress is a top choice. Another take on the ruffled neckline, this pale blue beauty has a layered look with the upper ruffle echoing the folds of the skirt as well. With a halter neckline and exposed shoulders, the ruffles on this party dress are dramatic without an overwhelming the look, for an overall elegant and stylish look perfect for any fancy occasion.
Ruffle sleeves are also a huge trend this season as there has been so much focus on the sleeves with both bell sleeves and ruffled sleeves stealing the style spotlight. Ruffle sleeves can vary from billowy and dramatic, to simple and casual, so depending on how far you want to take the ruffle trend there are options to either make a big statement or give a subtle nod to the style. Big dramatic sleeves have been a street style favorite lately. To make a fashion statement, tiered ruffled sleeves are an easy and stylish way to go. Wearing frilly sleeves is probably the easiest and most flattering way to rock the ruffle trend since the ruffles add detail and trendy know-how to your look without sacrificing any comfort or practicality. Especially if you opt for a single ruffle on the sleeves of your sweater, you can embrace the trend without getting fussy. To rock this trend in a laid back way opt for simple flared ruffle sleeves for a relaxed chic look.
A third way that ruffles are making a big statement is with ruffle hems. A dress with a ruffle hem is fun and flouncy for dressy events, while a top with a ruffled hem often takes on a more boho vibe that’s perfect for spring and summer outings. This floral top from BB Dakota is the perfect mix of girly and bohemian creating a must have spring essential. The colors in the flowery print are a mix of brights and darks which make this a great transitional piece as we start to see warmer spring weather approaching. For a more formal event, this black ruffled mini dress from luxury designer Amanda Uprichard is sheer elegance and class without sacrificing fun feminine style. The large ruffles just beg to be taken to the dance floor, making this a perfect option for weddings and parties. The sleek neckline and thin straps make this little black dress an instant classic that will become a closet favorite. A ruffled hem lends a fun and effortlessly girly touch to your outfits creating volume and movement that is very fashion forward.
If tops are on your shopping list, don’t miss out on these adorable ruffled blouses. Whether you are looking for more casual everyday tops, or dressier blouses for the office or date night, there are so many options featuring feminine ruffles. We love this pale blue BB Dakota top for casual occasions that will transition seamlessly into warm weather. The thin straps make this off the shoulder easy to wear and the pretty periwinkle blue color is impossible to resist! Another stunning option is this grey silky tee with ruffles down the sides. Perfect for a work day or even a romantic dinner date, this soft grey top is seasonless and versatile while feeling very fresh for spring. Whether your style is boho or classic, casual or chic, ruffles are a trend that spans all genres to fit your lifestyle. Perfect for going out to a wedding or event, but also easily incorporated into your everyday wardrobe there are endless ways to add ruffles into your closet, and we want to help you find the perfect pieces!