Ruffles are back, but before you crack open an old suitcase with those ‘saving it for when it comes back in style’ type frocks from the 80s, we’re here to offer some guidance. It’s time for the modern frill rework.
Interpreting the major aesthetic signals from the likes of Alexander McQueen and Christopher Kane, we’re rounding up our top 9 street style looks that incorporate the trend’s reawakening in a more adaptable (and definitely fashion forward) way:
The Best of Both Worlds
Traditional, classic plaid suits can have ruffles emerging from the arm holes right? Right! Add some architectural structure to an otherwise oversized suit, 80% classic and 20% unconventional = 100% trendy.
A Printed Double Standard
Printed ruffles already sound overwhelming but when a full-length dress is paired with a jacket that is ALSO printed, it calls for a game changer celebration. Breezy, bold and pulling it off, we don’t mind print on print if it’s done like this.
Micro and Made for It
A look that exudes a sense of feminine romanticism, micro frills are perfect for those who want to embrace the trend ever so carefully. Striking a balance between textile, tone and the slightest hint of ruffle gives this look its contemporary semblance.
Case of the Cold Shoulder
Yet another twist brought forward by the modern interpretations that is the 21stcentury fashion designers, muses and socialites alike. Cold shoulders' frill details create a proportion balance similar to that of shoulder pad.
Transparency at its Finest
There is definitely a ruffled look for every occasion and with transparency being yet another commanding trend this S/S season. We’re super excited for the occasional versatility of it all. Think evening out, city lights, candle lit nights... got it?
Denim Ruffle Recharge
Denim dresses are super common but true skill is demonstrated when cascading ruffles are produced. In a clever, asymmetrically cut dress, we value the aesthetic impact of these ruffles on the otherwise simple number.
Blowing It out of Proportion
Our new style rule: a diaphanous ruffled skirt trumps an entire outfit. Give it a try in trendy pink hues and with a tailored blazer. Don’t forget the waist belt for that iconic 80s silhouette.
What a Drama Queen
As bold as they come, the use of a single ruffle literally and figuratively maximizes the impact of the trend. A look that is not for the faint hearted, we adore the colour consistency and volume of the look.
A Rather Unfamiliar Addition
Cut the original length, hem it and use that fabric for the added ruffle details? We’re not too sure. But we do know the modern yet laidback feel of this dress would be perfect for our South African summers.